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Union Garage NYC leaving Brooklyn

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Remembering events at Union Garage NYC over the past few years — Rahoul Ghose

Some sad news on the NYC moto front. After close to a decade serving the local moto community from its Brooklyn locale within the Columbia Street Waterfront District, Union Garage NYC is relocating to the outer reaches of the Tri-State area … address to be announced.

Known as much for providing local riders with the latest in gear — with more of an emphasis on safety and practicality rather than pure fashion — as well as a hub for events and pop-up storefronts, Union Garage will see its local brick and mortar shop shuttered as of this coming Sunday, Feb. 13.

So, you have one final week to say goodbye and possibly pick up a few deals during a moving sale, owner Chris Lesser says.

“The moving sale will be modest but broad,” Lesser said in the company’s official online announcement Sunday on “And significant because lately prices have all been going up, not down. What it definitely will not be is a liquidation event — we’re moving, not dying. Instead, this is one last week-long promotion to help us lighten our load, and also to help our loyal local customers get one last crack at shopping the OG UG showroom.”

The sale will be in-person and in-store only with Union Garage maintaining its regular business hours throughout the week. No phone calls or online purchases.

“You’ve got to schlepp down to Union Street in person if you want to score a deal,” Lesser said. “Online promotions will certainly follow, but this sale is for the brick-and-mortar showroom, only. After next Sunday every lock, stock and barrel is getting packed up for UG 2.0.”

This is one last week-long promotion to help us lighten our load, and also to help our loyal local customers get one last crack at shopping the OG UG showroom.

Chris Lesser, Union Garage NYC

Lesser confirmed the new location will be within a 60-mile radius of the city.

“Details on exactly where the shop is relocating to, and when we’ll re-open in the new space, will all be revealed in the coming weeks.”

Hopefully the new location, featuring “a glorious roof ... with massive timber trusses and 10-foot-tall windows,” will also continue to organize regular events.

The shop played host to several Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride promotions over the years, supported moto artists, writers and builders with regular presentation evenings (Walt Siegl, Elspeth Beard) sponsored local shows … including 2017’s The Lot in Greenpoint, and even became a locale for dealer's demo days … Indian immediately comes to mind. And there were the pop-up stores which introduced the city’s riders to new and exciting boutique brands … Rokker, as well as established moto wear companies.

The store and its owner will be greatly missed.

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  1. @nyc_motorcyclist

    On a personal note … thank you for what you provided the community for so many years and all the best to you in your new location. Look forward to a group ride up there.

  2. John Saponara

    Well this sucks

  3. @jeffrey.janus

    Very sad news. I remember when I started riding in 2015, Henry who worked there, was very helpful, suggesting appropriate gear, not to mention I learned a lot about bikes from him. Sad news indeed but as New York becomes the playground for the rich, all the creative forces are being displaced.

    • @2funkychickens

      Henry was the best!!

    • @james.ian.killinger

      Yeah man, I know we’re supposed to be happy for this “next chapter” but UG moving out of Brooklyn just bums me out …

  4. @alukban

    These guys are an awesome, friendly outfit and I will look for them wherever they end up.

  5. @ohnoitspj

    Very hard to survive in this industry. Glad they will be relocating and operating elsewhere.

  6. @britgalserra

    @uniongaragenyc is always in my 🖤

  7. @dom_nyc

    Sad news, UG has always been a true partner to the @nyclassicriders ! All the best Chris for the next steps !

  8. @rockerct

    The best shop for moto gear.

  9. @dapper_gc

    that hurt when I heard

  10. @parksnyc

    Nooooooo! I love this store.

  11. @wetbirdsfly

    A frogging tragedy 😢

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