[TheThinkTank] Big News From NYC!!!

Cécile Korn cecilekorn at free.fr
Mon Feb 1 12:13:17 PST 2016

Mazel tov and Auguri!

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De : Thethinktank [mailto:thethinktank-bounces at lists.bikecollectives.org] De la part de liz at riseup.net
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wow, this is truly inspiring and exciting!  wishing you all sorts of positivity and goodness as you get on your way!!

with love and mardi gras,
(rubarb community bike shop, new orleans)

  On 2016-02-01 11:05, Ainsley Naylor wrote:
> This is VERY EXCITING!!!! So happy for you Josh, team and all of 
> Brooklyn.
> Wishing you lots of luck and love.
> ainsley.
> On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 10:50 AM, Angela Azzolino 
> <angela at getwomencycling.com
>> wrote:
>> As a native NY'er I can't tell you how exciting this is!!! Awesome 
>> News!!
>> We can't wait to collaborate with you!!! Woot!!
>> *Angela Azzolino |* *Program Creator & Executive Director* 
>> angela at getwomencycling.com | ph. 347.217.7908
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>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* Thethinktank <thethinktank-bounces at lists.bikecollectives.org>
>> on
>> behalf of Josh Bisker <jbisker at gmail.com>
>> *Sent:* Monday, February 01, 2016 10:38 AM
>> *To:* The Think Tank
>> *Subject:* [TheThinkTank] Big News From NYC!!!
>> Dear Think Tank!
>> Big news from New York City: it's my pleasure to introduce you to the 
>> New York Mechanical Gardens / El Jardín Mecánico, the city's first 
>> true bike co-op. We've been quietly organizing over the last few 
>> months, and as of Saturday we've reached an agreement with a 
>> grassroots community center in a church in Brooklyn. We plan to open 
>> doors on April 1. Things are about to get real in NYC!
>> We need your help in a couple of easy ways: follow us on all the 
>> social medias, and we'll do the same back, and this will help us (a) 
>> build a local community by sharing good content, (b) demonstrate our 
>> viability in some weird way to potential funders. We're @bikecoopnyc 
>> at FB <https://www.facebook.com/bikecoopnyc>, Twitter 
>> <https://twitter.com/bikecoopnyc>, and Insta 
>> <https://www.instagram.com/bikecoopnyc/>, on the web at 
>> www.bikecoop.nyc, and emailable at bikecoopnyc at gmail.com. (Spanish 
>> translation is on the way for the site, and we aim for all our 
>> outgoing materials to be
>> bilingual.) We also are eager to see your examples of good bylaws or 
>> decision-making rubrics -- we don't want to get too far down the road 
>> without having a structure for making decisions, figuring out 
>> membership, etc. Finally, if you have an amazing suggestion for a 
>> seedling co-op like ours about fundraising or soliciting donations or 
>> supplies, please share!
>> This message is more than an announcement: it's also a love letter to 
>> everyone on this forum. The Mechanical Gardens would never have 
>> started planting a single seed here if it weren't for your 
>> inspiration, optimism, and friendship.
>> I'd been convinced for years that NYC has too much going against us 
>> for it work out here -- chiefly that real estate works differently 
>> than anywhere else on the planet, and people's time is a different 
>> kind of commodity too.
>> But I got back from B!B! this year really reinvigorated to start a 
>> co-op, and more aware of how much it takes a community of people to 
>> make a project happen. Soon after I returned, I made up my mind to 
>> start this story fresh, and then found that Sera and Aaron from Rag & 
>> Bones had just moved here for grad school, and that Courtney and 
>> Arnold from Krank It Up were working at a shop in town, and that a 
>> few other folks I talked to also had co-op backgrounds -- or got 
>> stars in their eyes when we started talking about making one happen 
>> here. So suddenly the dream became a team, and then we were figuring 
>> things out together -- and now we've got a space to start working in. 
>> Hot damn.
>> We can't wait for the first season at the Mechanical Gardens, and are 
>> filled with gratitude to you for all the lovely fruit our boughs will 
>> come to bear.
>> Big love,
>> Josh
>> The New York Mechanical Gardens
>> El Jardín Mecánico
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