Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
First off, let me offer thanks to everyone who helped out. Dave C, Brad @ Trackstar, Julie B, Turdy, the New York Hard Court (NY-HC) Polo crew, the Neighborhood kids and their parents, Gus the Deli owner, and most importantly the Horticulturists! I was sitting behind the main Horticulturist and she was awesome! So emphatic!
A summary: A petition was circulated before the local community board (CB3 in lower
With Dave C providing the central organization, we rallied and rallied hard. By the time of the meeting on Thursday, we had amassed at least 700 signatures on paper as well as
a bilingual petition in Chinese and English (big thanks to Trackstar for the sigs and Turdy for the translational). Per Dave's suggestion our argument focused on how used the space was and how it provided a safe area for the kids to play team sports (the street does not suffice) instead of what an awesome time Bike Polo is.
When the Board finally reached our topic, the Speaker made it clear that just from the sign-in sheet alone; there were 33 against the Dog Run and only 3 in favor of it. We had at least 10 of the kids there with us (they brought their footballs and baseballs, etc...) plus a good 15 or so NY-HC players/supporters and at least 6 people from the Horticulturists. In response the Dog Run people had ~200 signatures and their petition was in English only. They demonstrated that they were affluent and disconnected from the true nature of the community by ignoring the cultural implications of their request as well as the effect it would have on the children of the area.
In conclusion: Dave Rules! NY-HC lives on! Dogs can be walked!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
A group of dog owners in the Lower East Side is proposing to turn the "pit" at Chrystie & Broome Streets into a dog run. What they don't know is that this unique multi-use space is utilized by a number of groups on a regular basis, has been featured in major media as a multi-use space, and is often left cleaner than it was found by it's users.
Please sign our petition to keep this space as it is: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/SaveSaraDRooseveltPark
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
They've reserved the court for both days this weekend and people are coming from all over. We're going to have Philadelphians, Bostonians, DCians, Chicagoians and maybe Canadians too! Stoke is high!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Props are due to KyleDQM and the T* kids for finally getting this movie to the east coast. I can't wait for the NYC answer, hopefully I'll get to cameo with my silkscreen press too.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
In the meantime I'm going to set up a pre-order space on the site after the weekend so you don't have to camp-out outside of the studio to get your Laek Hat on...
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
We're stoked, they're stoked. Once testing is done, these rims ought to be showing up at finer bike shops across the world.
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Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
New products! We've designed four shirts (one is ELVS) and are introducing an ELVS cycling cap. The ELVS cap will come in two colors, black and white.
We're going to be in Las Vegas for the 2007 Interbike show. We don't have a booth but I'll be walking the floor meeting, greeting, kissing babies and taking swag. Hopefully I'll bring my camera and drop updates (with photos no less) on you all. But, don't hold your breath my track record is pretty shysty to begin with.
Also, and most importantly, Interbike will see the debut of our collaboration with Velocity rims. Look for it, nothing like it exists right now.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
We're helping out with sponsorship duties for this one! Week 1 has already come and gone, but you all can make it for Week 2 for the Scratch race.More soon!
PROSPECT PARK SUMMER SLAM!!!
Event will be every monday from july 16th to august 27th.
registration is at 9:30 pm and racing begins promptly at 10:00 pm.
meet inside the park at the big grass triangle at the grand army
Each event is $3. two of the dollars go towards the cash prize for the
winners of the event that night. the other dollar goes towards the final
cash prize for the entire series, which is split between the male and
female winners. Additional prizes from various sponsors will also be
presented as they are received.
Week 1: team event (come with a team of two)
Week 2: 3 lap scratch
Week 3: team of 4 time trial (come with a team of 4)
Week 4: catch the organizer!! (extra sprinter's points)
Week 5: get ready to hurt. (double points)
Week 6: team event (random teams of 2)
Week 7: 1 lap scratch (double points)
Keep it safe and fun!
Got questions or comments? got summer slam photos or videos you
want to share? want to help sponsor? email! email@example.com
Friday, July 6, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
1. July 14th 2007
Demoncats: TheTour de Simpson (Washington DC) a team race.
2. July 28th, 2007
The Departed (South Boston, duh)
A great summary of the movie.
3. September 8-9 2007
The Scumbag Cup (Boston), a weekend length event guaranteed to be huge with six races in two days.
NOW GO RACE
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Always looking to keep you in one piece, we are working on a short-run of ELVS four panel cycling caps. We are will partner with someone who we feel can provide the quality and workmanship needed for this project to a success.
We're not going to re-engineer the hat, but are going to produce something dope!
Secondly, let me address the remarkable lack of female sizes in our catalog. When we first started Laek House we offered a whole ton of colors options and female sizing. Over time we trimmed the offerings to only the most successful color combos (which happened to be earthier tones and baby blue(!?)) and dropped the female offering due to lack of sales. This is not to say I want to keep excluding my sisters from the Laek Club, in fact we have no problem producing one-offs for you at the same price as the other shirts. Just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you situated.
Friday, April 27, 2007
This time though the New York Times, that ennobled gray lady of the press, has written an article and edited a video on our regular Sunday matches. I'm not in the article per se, but have a couple of cameos in the video (I wear a white shirt and a helmet (safety first!)).
I think the article is good but the video is great! ESPI fever!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
We get a lot of requests from races being put together around the country (and a few from the UK) and haven't really had a chance to put as much support as we'd like behind the local scene. The moment we saw that MT8 was in motion, we motivated to contact the organizers and got some gear into the right hands. I wasn't there for the awards or the after-party due to familial obligations, but I hope everything went out okay.
Thanks to Victor for being the central figure in the production!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Newest Awesome award goes to Bike Polo!
After two weeks of being a spectator on the court, I stepped up and into a game. I was a nervous at first and totally awkward (my dominant hand held the mallet and I had to steer/brake with my right hand) and took my share of spills. But you know what? I'm going to build a mallet later today when I take a break from redesigning the site and putting together the spring tees. Many thanks to John Birdseye for lending me a mallet!
PS I am ever so upset that I missed Los Marcos. Their Hawk was there, but they never showed...
So, I had a bunch of stickers printed that say "This bike is " in the same font as the notoriously misunderstood "This bike is a pipebomb" band stickers. You might recall, some poor college kid had his bike eradicated by the local Police because they thought the sticker was literal! That sucked for everyone involved, but I understand he got a new bike in the end.
Thanks to Chombs for handling the graphics!
Send the SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to:
Ethan Benton // Laek House
84 East 4th Street, #2
New York, NY 10003
Saturday, January 20, 2007
We had an 8:30am meet up with Jamie Bogner (www.nycmtb.com) and some others to sample the trail system. Highbridge is a crazy little NYC park. Its nestled in one of the less, um, nice areas of the Manhattan up by the GWB and is filled with a lifetime supply of broken glass and other detritus. Up until earlier this year, it was just another abandoned and forgotten park in NYC, but the NYC MTB guys, in conjunction with the Parks Dept have been building trails! Dope!
The trails are looking good and I'm going to donate some hours when the ground thaws.
Ride was uneventful except for Andy catching a flat and me eating it on the ice at Astor Place. Slid for a couple of feet and looked like a dummy, didn't get smushed by car though. Nice!
Monday, January 8, 2007
To see what it looked like in print you'll have to look at the daily pdf. There's a sweet pic of me on the couch at NYC Velo.
Only error was the price of the shirts, they sorta said they were cheaper then they actually are... oops! No biggee! Stoked on the article. Stoked like whoa!
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Anyhow, the interview and some pictures should be in the Monday paper! Thanks to Andy, Justin, Cat and especially Mina!