As I was rushing out my door last week, I was flagged down by one of my favorite mechanics at Brooklyn Bike and Board, the much-beloved bike shop beneath my apartment, who asked if I knew they were leaving. "Leaving?? No!" He said indeed, they were moving to Ft Greene to Brian's own shop. I said, "I thought this was Brian's shop...".
So did Brian, but turns out we were both mistaken. Check out the story below from Brian's facebook page and DON'T GO TO BByB ANYMORE!
What's going on at BByB
by Brian Gluck on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 8:41am.
Things are going to be a little different at BByB. Although the shop is still operating, the friendly, knowledgeable, and darn good looking fellows you know and love are no longer there.
My partner fucked me. Yup. Looked me in the eye and fucked me.
Before BByB started, Nick and I met, sat down, and talked about what was what. He had expectations, I had expectations. We hashed it out.
We finally came to an agreement. He would own shares in the company, I would own shares in the company. He would put up the money, I would put up the blood, sweat, and ideas. Done and done.
I began working knowing that these things were true. For two and a half years I began to and continued to hold up my end of the bargain. Through thick and thin I steered the ship.
We had a recession. We struggled with the seasons. We were robbed. We had another recession... but we hung on. We put our nose on the stem and continued to crank through it.
This past October I received an email. The email of all emails. The email was to Nick's lawyer, explaining the circumstances and goings ons at BByB. For whatever reason, I was CC'd on it.
Attached to that email was the Articles of Incorporation that is filed with the state. This has on it what the State of New York understands BByB to be.
My name was not listed as an owner. Or anywhere, for that matter.
Despite our agreement, despite what Nick had said to me over the years, despite Nick telling everyone that I was the managing partner...
I was not.
He lied to my face, and to everyone else, for nearly 3 years.
I was a glorified employee. I believed in the words of a man who has no integrity. A man who can't stand by his word. A man who lies to anyone who he thinks he can one up. A man with no morals.
So this week I left. For better, greener, and more honest pastures. Myself, along with a few distinguished individuals, are moving on.
We, along with some other fellow clients and fantastic regulars, will be doing the same things you know and love.
Just at a different location:
Red Lantern Bicycles
345 Myrtle Ave. b/w Adelphi and Carlton
Thank you all for all the memory's and we look forward to making more. Thank you all for all the lessons and hope we haven't finished learning. Thank you all for bringing your bikes to us and allowing us to make them run better than new.
We hope we can continue to do so.
And we hope to see you soon.
The Boys at BByB