Few things can dominate the streets of NYC quite the way that the Indian Larry Block Party does. Its attendees and roaring motorcycles fill several blocks of Union Avenue. I like this particular party because it's a different crowd than some of the other events I attend. Here you have a real mix of well-worn and storied bikers and builders that earned their full sleeves over a lifetime, mixing with the young hip NYC chopper crowd. This convergent crowd makes for a great place to learn about the culture and custom bikes. If you show a little respect, and ask intelligent questions you might find yourself talking to a famous bike builder, magazine editor, or a real deal guy that was laying the foundations of the chopper culture in the 60’s and 70’s.
A lot of new chopper guys say shit about it being their time now, and fuck the geezers. I don’t think that’s the right attitude and I have a different take on it. Pretty much everything in the chopper scene today is a borrowed from the past! Some of the gray beards may not be Instagraming what they ate for dinner or the latest weld they laid down, but the new generation of bikers can learn a lot from mingling with the broader group and age range that attends an event like the Indian Larry Block Party.
For the uneducated who might say, "But isn’t Indian Larry dead?” Yes he is at the big chopper party upstairs, and this party honors him and the style of bikes he built. It's put on by Bobby & Elisa Seeger, Larry’s original business partner and manager, respectively. They have done one hell of a job carrying on with the company and turning out incredible choppers and parts in spite of the many challenges they've faced in the years following Larry’s untimely death. If you’re anywhere near NYC when the next Indian Larry Block Party goes off you should check it out. There really isn’t another event like it anywhere!
Photos By Dan Venditto
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