Or you could just ask your neighbor. Jane Torres-Lavoro, 40, and her husband Leo Lavoro, 45, who works for a record label, kept the bikes they bought this summer in an extra bedroom in their neighbour's apartment in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens . They text him when they want to use the bikes and he rolls them out. In return, Ms. Torres-Lavoro, a hospital administrator, picks up groceries for him and makes his favorite soup, a Senegalese chicken soup. "He's like my adoptive father," she said.
The neighbor, Michael Cohen, 70, a retired taxi driver, stores the bikes in what was once his daughter's bedroom. He also stores another neighbour's bike there, which turns his apartment into an unofficial bike storage room. “It's the least I can do. I have the free space,” he said. “I had other plans for the room, but they never materialize and they do with what is going on in the world today People certainly more than me. "
Ms. Torres-Lavoro and Mr. Lavoro, who live in a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor of the garden cooperative complex, store their 9-year-old daughter's bike in their own apartment. The family has been on weekend trips to Cunningham Park and Flushing Meadow Park all summer.
Owning bicycles "has definitely given us another level of freedom during the pandemic," said Ms. Torres-Lavoro. "It's something to be done where we don't have to worry about crowds, viruses or hand sanitizers." And with free storage space next door, you don't have to worry about where to park when you get home.
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