New York City is full of a jillion things; people, food, aromas, praise, complaints--you name it--it's here in every color and around every diverse corner. Bicycles and bike accessibility are definitely high on this list of The City's generous offerings. Getting around town on two wheels, transferring from borough to borough has really never been more accessible, considering your gusto for big-city-biking, that is. At Feldspar Brook we are akin to most things that allow us to exert some physical energy, give the air and environment a break, and sometimes avoiding the MTA at all costs.
We like bicycles, and we are just happy that it only took us a couple of years to become acclimated to navigating these chaotic streets on a pair of wheels and with a bevy of hand gestures.
Along with the profusion of bikes in this town is the overwhelming number of bike shops to choose from. What separates the stars from the ordinary and repetitive are the mechanics and their wealth of bike knowledge, and how unique their products are. Ladies and gents, look no further than Red Lantern; the very best bike shop + coffee joint + snack bar--and the only bike shop with a liquor license in Brooklyn--for all of your cycling woes, impulse buys, coffee, pastry and cold brew cravings.
The reasons that Red Lantern stands out from the peddle-pack are because the owners and mechanics are not only legit bike pros but they are also kind and not the least bit intimidating, albeit adorned with tattoos and scruff. There's nothing pretentious about this shop, it reads more like a bike parts warehouse, even after you realize that they make almond, cashew and sunflower milks in-house, along with various sandwiches and pastries to accompany their very own roasted and brewed Guatemalan coffee. Red Lantern has become a Fort Greene neighborhood staple where professional cyclists and newbies can mingle together and equally feel at home. This is truly a unique Brooklyn gem, so if you're into bikes and great, local handmade treats without any pretension or stuffiness, be sure to put Red Lantern on your list of places to roll into next time you're out for a spin.