Bike & Build is partnering with Social Justice Tours to host our New York City Community Ride. Since 2016, Social Justice Tours has been providing walking tours focused on local social justice issues at the neighborhood level in NYC.
On this ride, participants will experience a hybrid tour that combines three of SJT’s walking tours.
- The first part of the ride will look at the history of development and gentrification in downtown Brooklyn and how public policy reshaped this neighborhood.
- The second part of the tour will be in Williamsburg and look into the historical roots of gentrification along with the legislative landscape of the affordable housing fight locally.
- Our third tour, in the Lower East Side will focus on tenant organizing and the history of rent strikes (along with highlighting the women who led them) in the Lower East Side.
Between the three tours we will cover the organizations that exist in NYC working for housing justice, the public policy that advocates are fighting, and the ways to self organize with neighbors. Between organizations, legislative action and community organizing, the tour will cover the full spectrum of social change, while giving a significant amount of information on the history and dynamics of housing and gentrification in NYC neighborhoods.
Michael Higgins Jr. is a community organizer now working at the Brooklyn Movement Center. He first started organizing as a member with Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) with its Accountable Development Campaign, which is the basis for much of the content of the Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn tour. Michael’s interests include language learning, curriculum development and political education.
Dan Kaminsky was born and raised in Brooklyn. Dan started giving tours as a day job to help get through school and pay rent. While doing so, he began to dream up a project to run tours about the issues of which he cared most deeply. which led to Social Justice Tours (SJT). Along with being the Founder of SJT, he works in local politics.
Lucy Piccochi is an ardent explorer of history, art, philosophy, politics and the places where all these intersect. She combines it all into her job as an educator at the Tenement Museum, the free public tours of art she leads at the Brooklyn Museum, and walking the storied streets of Manhattan with Social Justice Tours, as well as in her own art and musings. She’s been living in Brooklyn for 10 years, in collective houses big and small, and enjoys giving her time and art to lots of rad organizations such as Bushwick City Farm community garden and the 4th Street Food Co-op.
COVID Protocol: Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.
8 hours, 10-20 miles
10 AM: Group meets for daily “Route Meeting” at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn to review the day, a general route overview, and safety protocols for the ride.
10:45 – 11:15 AM: Ride 2-3 miles to Downtown Brooklyn
11:15 – 12:45 PM: Do Downtown Brooklyn Gentrification Tour
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM: Ride 3 miles to Williamsburg for Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 PM: Eat
2:00PM – 3:30 PM: Williamsburg gentrification tour
3:30PM – 4:00 PM: Ride 2-3 miles to the Lower East Side
4:00PM – 5:30 PM: Lower East Side Tenant Organizing Tour
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Final Debrief, next steps and goodbyes!
Community Rides FAQ
Your $50 fee for this ride can be considered a donation to Bike & Build so we can continue designing and implementing an array of programming to impact affordable housing and engage people in the cause. In addition, the funds will enable Bike & Build to work with a Ride Coordinator to:
- Organize cycling safety basics trainings
- Coordinate with local affordable housing organizations
- Provide lunch
- Secure sufficient insurance coverage for the ride
Everyone is welcome to BYOBike, but if you don’t have one then you have a few options.
- Bike & Build will work with your Ride Coordinator to communicate with local bike shops about potential rentals
- Bike share! Most cities have bike share options (Citibike, Indego, Lyft, etc) that are likely suitable for these rides.
If you want to participate, Bike & Build will work with you to make sure you have the wheels to get you through the ride.
These rides will range from 10-25 miles and last about 6-8 hours. Each ride will include meetings with housing-related groups in your community, lunch stops, and water breaks. We’ll be giving you the tools to make sure you have a safe and impactful experience with us including cycling safety trainings, urban riding basics and assistance with finding a bike (if needed).
Safety is our biggest priority whether it’s on the bike, on a build site, or however you are participating in our programs.
Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.