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In 2012 BIG!NYC:
* Diverted 1,200 tons of reuseable building materials from the landfill
* Donated over 57 tons of lumber to community & school gardens. That's 1,200 raised garden beds in NYC!
* Gave away $58,780 worth of materials to local organizations.
5/21 BIG!Compost Volunteer Orientation @ LIC (6:30-8pm). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
5/28 BIG!Workshops: Know Your Tools: Women & Trans Tool 101 @ BIG!NYC Gowanus (6:30-8pm)
6/2 BIG!Workshops: Mosaic What Your Momma Gave You @ BIG!NYC Gowanus (11:30am-1:30pm)
6/8 BIG!Workshops: Scaffolding Lumber Benches with Spark Workshops @ BIG!NYC Gowanus (11:30am-1:30pm)
6/15,22,29 BIG!Workshops: Make Your Own Folding Stool with Mr. Fox @ BIG!NYC Gowanus (3 sessions; 12:30-2pm)
Bike Parts from Salvaged Lumber
Based out of Long Island City, Queens, Surname Cycling Goods Co. combines its two favorite things in one stunning business: bicycles and New York City. BIGNYC is one of Surname’s go-to suppliers for accessible salvaged lumber from around the city, which over a matter of weeks is transformed by their two-man team into bicycle components that are as much a part of the city’s history as some of its oldest structures.
Need a fender to prevent mud splatters? Surname provides with some handmade products created with boards from old apartments and factories. Want a straight wooden handlebar recycled from a water tower? How about a sixer basket made from pieces of the Coney Island boardwalk? Each piece is handmade to order from reclaimed wood, and due to the nature of the materials, no two are exactly alike.
Local reuse is important to Surname to lessen the impact they have on the environment, and is one of their most important values. Reusing wood gives them the opportunity to work with different materials while handling a piece of the city’s history, and according to Steve, one half of Surname, they love the opportunity to share where each board comes from with their customers.
“It's important to us and our business practices, but to see the excitement of a customer after learning that, it just makes it that much more rewarding.”
This article was written by BIG!NYC Intern, Corinne Sullivan. Photos courtesy of Surname Cycling Goods Co.