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Indian Motorcycle returns to New York’s Staten Island

By Marjorie Kleiman, aka Shadow

Gotham Motorcycles celebrates grand opening

 

After 101 years, Staten Islanders are able to purchase an Indian motorcycle from a local dealer. Gotham Motorcycles celebrated its grand opening in April as the only official Indian Motorcycle dealer in New York City.

The ribbon cutting ceremony at Gotham Motorcycles brought out dignitaries including N.Y. Sen. Diane Savino.

The ribbon cutting ceremony at Gotham Motorcycles brought out dignitaries including N.Y. Sen. Diane Savino.

Gotham Motorcycles owner Mark Crescitelli was joined at the celebration by Linda Baran, president of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, Borough president James Oddo, Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Staten Island Yankees mascot Scooter “The Holy Cow.”

Crescitelli is the great grandson of Frank Lombardi, who once sold Indian Motorcycles from his Richmond Avenue store back in 1914. At the time, the motorcycles sold for $200.

Said Crescitelli, “I wanted to go back to my roots, and I wanted to bring another great motorcycle brand to the city. I started fixing bicycles in my great-grandfather’s store and then I graduated to motorcycles. The rest is history.”

The event also included live music by The Rock Doctors NYC, a barbequed banquet catered by Three Guys Catering and beverages supplied by Champs Beverages.

The dealership also carries Victory and Slingshot, and it’s the only dealership in New York City selling the Slingshot. The 10,000-square-foot showroom includes a display showroom for new motorcycles as well as Indian, Victory and Slingshot apparel. A few steps beyond there is a pre-owned motorcycle showroom that sells other brands like Harley-Davidson and Honda as well used ATVs and new and pre-owned KYMCO scooters. The rest of the 10,000 square feet is dedicated to Gotham’s parts and service area. The dealership’s experienced technicians repair and perform routine maintenance on Indian, Victory, Harley-Davidson, KYMCO, Slingshot and Buell bikes.

“As someone who represents this district I am proud to see all the positive changes taking place,” Savino said. “This motorcycle dealership is an important step forward toward serving a community that is quickly growing. This showroom is beautiful and inviting. It makes you want to walk through the doors whether you ride or not. I can easily see Gotham Motorcycles becoming a place where people gather to share stories and a cup of coffee on a Sunday.”

Malliotakis added: “Small business is the back bone of our community. It is the engine that makes our economy go. Mark and his family have made an important investment in Tompkinsville, one that signals the great things to come over the next few years.”

„Gotham Motorcycles owner Mark Crescitelli takes care of media duties during the grand opening.

„Gotham Motorcycles owner Mark Crescitelli takes care of media duties during the grand opening.

Gotham Motorcycles is located at 364 Bay Street, just blocks away from the St. George Ferry Terminal where the New York Wheel — a 700-foot Ferris wheel that will be taller than the London Eye, will soon break ground. East of the New York Wheel will be Empire Outlets, New York City’s first and only retail outlet center that will include an extensive food court with views of the New York City skyline and a boutique hotel. Further east will be Lighthouse Point, which will be a mixed-use residential project. 

Said Crescitelli: “For me the location was a no brainer. The population of the north shore will increase by more than 30 percent in the next few years, and many of the residents will be young people who prefer not to own a car. A motorcycle is a wonderful transportation option. Motorcycles are smaller, use less gas and are easier on the environment. Motorcycles are the perfect transportation choice for conscientious New Yorkers.”

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