It begins today, the long winding eleven day road that will end ten years of glory and pain. The first ten after the jump.
Quartersnacks Celebrates the Decade – The 100 Most Important Events in New York City Skateboarding from 2000 to 2009: 100 to 91, 90 to 81, 80 to 71, 70 to 61, 60 to 51, 50 to 41, 40 to 31, 30 to 21, 20 to 11, 10 to 2, Number one.
100. IT_DONT_MATTER takes over the Official New York message board – 2005:
Perhaps the Internet’s greatest proprietor of hate in the 2000s, the superficial, sheltered and emotionally fragile members of the Slap Message board only wish they were capable of such insightful observations on the world of skateboarding as IT_DONT_MATTER was.
99. Rodney Torres’ Arcade Video Part Released – 2001:
This part demonstrated to the world that New Yorkers (or at least one of them) were equally competent at the increasing necessity of having to flip into tricks on rails.
98. Monumental achievement in TF Flatbar Structure – 2002:
One of the greatest achievements in TF flatbar orchestration occurred in the sweltering heat of summer 2002, when Baby Schitzo decided to set up one flatbar after the other – the black to the yellow – after which he subsequently sped across the TF and wedged onto a boardslide across both (yes, both) of the aforementioned hunks of metal equaling a total of ten to twelve feet of flatbar. Jake Lewis and Eric the Mayor took this to new heights by having the black flatbar propped upwards on the manual pad, leading to the flat yellow rail sitting on top waiting for the impending transfer. It was the defining moment for the case of the backside boardslide’s relevancy in the past decade.
97. Pharrell releases “In My Mind – The Prequel” mixtape – 2006:
Skateboarding officially became “cool” to a bunch of kids who previously only used skateboards as a cue to ask if you’ve “Ever seen that show Scarred?”
96. Mamani’s Opens on Avenue A – 2007:
The opening of Mamani’s was a degenerate holiday, as jobless skateboarders from Tompkins Square no longer had to travel to 14th Street in order to sustain their under $4 diet of fried chicken, french fries, and $1 pizza slices.
95. The Rob Campbell fake Myspace account scare – 2004:
We are going to avoid putting out any names that were responsible for this foolish, and carelessly articulated fake Myspace profile of one of the decade’s MVPs, but let’s just say that the unfortunate little “flowfessional” remarks and poorly executed attempts at clowning a New York underground legend were not worth the potential health risks that could have been berated on the guilty party.
94. R.B. Umali releases “New York Revisited” – 2005:
It’s a pretty telling indicator that two of the decade’s best videos to come from the city were filmed ten years ago, long before people began citing “the New York style of skateboarding” as something having to do with Bobby Puleo and slim corduroys.
93. 411 profiles Jason Dill for “A Day in the Life” – 2002:
411’s Dill profile showed the world that wintertime for New York skateboarders over the age of twenty-one pretty much consists of getting coffee, wearing heavy jackets, eating pancake specials on Grand Street, smoking cigarettes, and hanging out at the Fish. Meanwhile, there were thirty fifteen-year-olds at the Seaport doing kickflip back tails on boards that look like waterlogged 2 x 4’s and 47mm wheels.
92. The Beatrice Inn closes – 2009:
Following a consistent record of unpaid fines for capacity violations, the demise of the cigarette-smoke infested, four-and-a-half-foot-ceiling-having West Village nightlife institution left many of New York’s most glamorous and fashionable skateboarders without a place to socialize, wear pointy shoes, contract diseases, etc.
91. Supreme builds a mini-ramp – 2009:
Supreme’s mini ramp introduced a resurgence of underground clubs to SoHo. Disguised as a “ramp,” the discerning eye could clearly see that the lack of a front sign, dim lighting, Lady Gaga soundtrack played between intermittent periods of Slayer and Iron Maiden, screams of “Yooooo!” and “Yeaaaaah!” topped off with a bunch of sweaty, young boys standing in front smoking cigarettes, indicates that a lot more was going on behind that metal door than skateboarding. We had a lot of fun.