Now, pay attention, because here's where it gets tricky:
And wait! It gets better:
There's some tension in NYC (maybe everywhere?) between cyclists and runners. I'm sure cyclists have their own p.o.v., but from my perspective, the cyclists here are Lance Armstrong wannabes: fast-moving road hogs who expect the right of way because of their speed and their fancy clothes. Confidential to NYC cyclists: no dude outside of the show So You Think You Can Dance has ever looked good in spandex. It's just varying degrees of obvious genitalia.
This little roadway and its abrupt intersection, let me tell you, confuses the situation. For miles, cyclists have been staying right. Now they need to be in the middle. Instead, nearly every cyclist assumes that they should stay right, and when they see you in their right lane coming toward them, they are angry even though you are correct and they are wrong. Okay, to be fair, it's not just cyclists; walkers and runners often get this wrong, too. But it's more fun to scape goat the cyclists.
I don't really understand enough about traffic patterns to have any idea of why one pattern on a multi-use path is preferable over another. But, like whoa! Someday I think I'll camp out right at this little intersection and take photos of all the near-miss accidents that happen here.