Video: A Motorycle Repair Shop Builds Community

Hugh Mackie has spent the past weeks cleaning up damage in the basement of his motorcycle repair shop, including six wrecked bikes.

“It’ll take more than a hurricane to get rid of me,” he told The Local.

Indeed his shop, Sixth Street Specials, has been a fixture since it opened in 1986. Even before Avenue C became Zone B, Mr. Mackie was a “neighborhood savior,” according to his son and co-worker, Keith. “People are always coming by the shop with their microwaves or their irons,” he said. “Some woman just came by on her electric wheelchair. She couldn’t get the wheelchair working so my dad just fixed her wheelchair for her.”

Watch our video to see the Sixth Street Specials crew in action.