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Cyclist Killed in Williamsburg to be Memorialized on Corner Where He Died

By Meredith Hoffman | November 26, 2013 4:45pm
 Christopher Meyer (left) and his boyfriend Jimmy Newborg ride the ferry to Fire Island.
Christopher Meyer (left) and his boyfriend Jimmy Newborg ride the ferry to Fire Island.
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WILLIAMSBURG — Weeks after Christopher Meyer was killed in a bike accident, the 32-year-old's family and friends are returning to the place of his death to remember the vibrant presence he had in the neighborhood.

"He had such a huge life in Brooklyn," said his younger sister, Kimberly Meyer, 29, who plans to speak at the memorial Sunday on the corner where he died.

The service, which will be held on Meeker Avenue near Frost Street, will follow the placement of a Ghost Bike in the spot later this week to serve as a permanent memorial to Meyer, his sister said.

"We wanted to be able to leave flowers as part of that as well," she said, noting that her father was also coming in from Long Island for the memorial.

Meyer, who worked at Permanent Records in Greenpoint, has been remembered by loved ones for his kindess, love of music and dedication to animals. He and his boyfriend, Jimmy Newborg, 25, had recently adopted a cat with a missing ear that they named Van Gogh.

“He had a very big and infectious personality. He was instantly liked,” Meyer's coworker at the record store, Matthew Milligan, said. “It felt like he had been here forever.”

After Sunday's memorial, the group plans to head to one of Meyer's favorite venues, his sister said, noting that she was in talks with Spike Hill, Barcade and Metropolitan bars about hosting a gathering in one of the spaces.