East Village icon, Emey Hoffman, owner of “busy bee” bike shop on 6th
street, recently passed away.
(photo from flicker: Ichance )
I didn’t know the man but he seemed like a real character and fixture in the neighborhood.
A quick google search found this portrait of Hoffman from journalist Suzanne Pekow.
–A master bike mechanic, Hoffmann has been working in the industry since he apprenticed at a Manhattan bike shop as a teenager in the 1950s. He was born and raised in Lower Manhattan, which is clear when he opens up his mouth, his accent reminiscent of one of the Jets from West Side Story. â€œI ride every day,â€ he said. â€œRain, shine or snow, it donâ€™t matter.â€ His bike of choice is a Legnanoâ€”â€œan old, professional Italian bike converted into three speeds,â€ he explained. â€œThatâ€™s all I need for New York City. It doesnâ€™t look like much, but itâ€™s better than 99 percent of the bikes that come into the store.â€
“I ride every day, rain shine or snow, it don’t matter.”-what’s not to like.
Complete article here.
My condolences to the family.
There is a memorial service for Emey, Today:
Today, Thursday January 22
2pm at St George Chapil
209 East 16th Street