Tuesday, June 17, 2014

THE DICK POWER STORY A Dark Day in Sunnyside

A Dark Day in Sunnyside
a bike obsessed life of damage and redemption

Exhibit at the City Reliquary through August

Brooklyn, June 11, 2014:  The fixie riding hipster is just as common today in the urban landscape of New York as an awkwardly helmeted tourist browsing the rows of CitiBikes. But long before every hip Brooklyn neighborhood had at leastone or two bike boutiques, Dick Power was crafting fine artisan bicycle frames in Sunnyside, Queens.  A Dark Day in Sunnyside is the newest exhibit by The City Reliquary Museum, and it examines the life and times of this man, whose obsession with racing bicycles led to consequences inspiring, but also dark.
Unlike the worthy but workmanlike frame building of the 20s, Power used expensive  silver to braze the tubes of the  frames to  lugs,  knowing  that  the  lower  melting  point  of  the  precious metal  would leave the tubing unbowed and the bike straighter. This sort of care became the hallmark of the American frame builder, different from the “good enough” work of old-world craftsmen.
Power was also a  patriot, intent on being an All-American even though he had to navigate a world that ultimately crushed his family and took away a son, leaving him, and ultimately us, only the bicycles that he built as a lasting monument. A DarkDay  in Sunnyside, is a tribute to this pivotal bicycle artisan, and displays many of those bicycles which stand as a monument to Power's life, story, and place in the annals of bicycle history.
Catch a glimpse,reflected in the silver braze, of a most remarkable life. The bikes on display come from the collection of Edward H Albert, a former road racer, avid vintage bicycle collector, and dedicated chronicler of bicycle history. The City Reliquary Museum is thrilled to present  these priceless examples of early American bicycle artistry to the public in this brand new Exhibit.

Located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

The City Reliquary’s hours are: Thursday through Sunday: 12pm – 6pm.
Admission to the museum is $5-10 suggested donation. For general information, please visit the Museum’s website

The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Phone: (718)-RU-CIVIC

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