Natividad Zirate Returns for Another Season of Bike Repairs

Posted on: April 27th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

Those cyclists concerned about whether Natividad Zirate would return for another season need not worry anymore.  Earlier this week, the enterprising Mexican native arrived at the office, so to speak, and is already gearing up for another summer of sidewalk bike mechanic work on the Lower East Side.  The revered homeless handyman trimmed his mane of hair, and is in overall good spirits.  It’s just the nascent park behind him at 14 Second Avenue that’s on his mind.

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The park on this embattled property is a year in the making.  Backhoes and other heavy machinery cleared the spit of Parks Department land last spring, and by autumn, saplings and stones arrived.  The space suffered a fallow winter (save for rat baiting), but re-energized a few weeks ago with the spring bloom.  Dozens of mature tulips are spread across the entire park.  It’s a crazy cool sight to behold.

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But Zirate is currently being forced from his position, a victim of the garden.  He explained how parks people weren’t keen on his entrepreneurial presence at the doorstep of their new garden.  That he must move imminently.  So what was Zirate’s response?  Staying put and moving his gear and cart-o-tools to the curb.  Now that’s punk rock!

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And regarding his worrisome family back home, we relayed his niece’s contact information with the hope that they can connect.

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