Charlie McCorkell is founder and current owner of Bicycle Habitat in New York. He developed a passion for bicycling in the winter of 1969, when he started his college commute from his parent’s apartment in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, to his school, Cooper Union, in the East Village in Manhattan.
After graduating from Cooper Union, McCorkell worked as a civil engineer specializing in tunnel construction. He successfully supervised work on the Metro in Washington, D.C., Manhattan’s West Side sewers, the ill-fated NYC water tunnel #3, and the construction of the Lexington Ave 62nd street subway station. By the age of 26, he had acquired his professional engineering license.
In 1978 acting on the realization of his lack of long-term enthusiasm for civil engineering and also his design to turn his passion for biking from an avocation to a vocation, he opened Bicycle Habitat, which continues today to be his passion.