The Hub Log launched eight months ago when George Bliss and the HUB team got together and decided to host a bicycle fashion show. The blog was meant to chronicle our efforts to create the show, and the philosophy behind it– that bicycling is a viable and fashionable mode of transport for every New York commuter. Bike Style’s happy success was soon followed by the sad news of the HUB’s closure, but in May the HUB opened in its new location at 139 Charles and has since been doing as well as it ever had on Morton Street. So we’re back, and we’re stepping it up a notch.
We have a new website, created by a new addition to the HUB team, Lori Samsel. I’m also going to update the blog with new photos and more orderly pages. We’re looking into selling clothing in the store. George keeps saying that we’ll get solar panels to power the now electricity-free shop (I hope it happens!). Mostly, we’re talking about how we can use our space in the service of the community. We want to host movie screenings, start reading groups, host fundraisers and art shows, talk about how bikes fit into the future of urban commuting. So here’s the space to voice your opinion and to share your ideas. Comment, discuss, brainstorm. Let us know what you would like to see.
Now, in the absence of Bike Style, the Hub Log must serve a new purpose. This will be the place to learn about our events, and to document the community that is forming around the HUB. But it can be more than that. Kaveri and I are talking about creating short videos with one of our mechanics, Steve Bike, with tips on how to fix your own bike. We want to do short profiles of our customers, and maybe share NYC biking news. Comment on that as well! And stay tuned; this is going to be a full summer.