Bay Ridge honored one of its own, Patrice T.C. Capo, on Saturday, April 9 with the co-naming of a street near the store she used to own.
Capo – who lost her battle to cancer in 2009 – owned Bay Ridge Bicycle World on Third Avenue near 90th Street for over 20 years. She was an integral part of the community, organizing fitness programs for both old and young and taking part in other neighborhood activities. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she was part of the bucket brigade at Ground Zero. In the aftermath of the attacks, her shop and her distributor donated 300 bikes to a raffle benefiting the families of fallen firefighters.
On April 9, dozens of Brooklynites showed up to pay their respects and celebrate the co-naming.
Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who helped get the legislation passed to co-name the street, spoke highly of Capo and her raising in Bay Ridge, her salesmanship as well as her community efforts.
“We will not forget her just as her family will never forget this dynamic woman,” Gentile said, “She established herself as a charitable, benevolent, kind, sympathetic, funny and good hearted person.”
State Senator Marty Golden – who knew Capo for years – spoke of her character and demeanor.
“Patrice will continue to inspire people, her neighborhood, her community and the city,” he said. “And when people look up to read that sign ‘Patrice T.C. Capo Memorial Way’ there will be a reminder that heroes live among us every single day.”