I got word a few hours ago, and have just confirmed, the very sad news of the passing of Emey Hoffman of Emey's Bike Shop, formerly of E.17th st. and Busy Bee Bicycle on E.6th st in New York City on January 8th, 2009 of a heart attack at age 62.
Emey was a fixture going waaay back in the NYC vintage scene and he still rode his bike from home to the shop regularly. He was super knowledgeable with the hands on "get it fixed" style of wrenching and often worked upside down alla Tom Avenia style with an old Tommy floor style wooden handlebar holder. His inventive mind never ceased to work on an improvement on some commonly used item. His shop on 17th St. was the last of the old time repair shops. If ya needed a washer, you went to the floor!
Emey was very generous to The Brooklyn Velodrome Vintage Wheelmen, allowing us to use the back of his bike shop to hold our first BVVW meeting back on Friday December 7,2001.
I remember Emey this way:
Please look at the rest of the album for shots of a BVVW meeting at the old shop so as to get an idea of what that classic place was like:
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Thank you Emey for your generosity, the good memories and rest in peace,
San Diego, Ca.