Bed-Stuy Home to Largest Woman-Owned Bike Shop

March 16, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Bicycle Roots, said to be the largest woman-owned-and-operated bicycle and repair shop in the city, will soon open in April in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Entrepreneur and bicycle mechanic Nechama Levy has found the ideal space in 5,800 square feet at 1078 Fulton St. where, she says, she will be catering to commuters who bicycle to their jobs in Manhattan and elsewhere in Brooklyn. To accommodate them, the store will offer a wide selection of bicycles, parts and accessories specifically designed to withstand the rigors of daily urban riding.

Bicycle Roots, which is currently undergoing a buildout of its space, will include a large bicycle showroom, a backroom workshop and a mechanic’s work station up front to service on-the-spot repairs and flat tires.

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“Bicycle Roots is now the largest woman-owned bicycle center in New York City,” says Charles Goldberg, a senior managing director with Colliers International, who represented Levy in the 10-year lease transaction along with Hank Widmaier, managing director. “Ms. Levy wanted a large showroom and backroom space to accommodate a young, active population that is passionate about commuting by bicycle.”

Situated between Classon Avenue and Claver Place, the new store is in a new, eight-story residential building with ground floor retail, just blocks north of Atlantic Avenue and a short bicycle ride from Prospect Park, the new Barclays Arena and the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.

Jonah Ramu-Cohen of Ideal Properties Inc., represented the landlord, Fulton Housing LLC, in the transaction.

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