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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.
70. Todd Jordan Nollie Backside 180s Indoor Ten in a Zoo York Ad – 2002:
This advertisement coincided with Euro-flavored mania throughout the city, as trend-following skateboarders were thirsty to be seen skating an indoor stair set, a la Mark Appleyard and others in the recently released Sorry video. Luckily, Todd Jordan found one, and afterwards, every kid under the age of eighteen was throwing themselves down it for the remainder of the winter, resulting in a massive increase of concussions and police beatings.
69. Facebook introduces “Mobile Upload” feature – 2008:
It now became possible to track every single professional skateboarder, AM, company owner, or industry “insider” that came into New York City with photographic documentation via Facebook. All you had to do is add Paulgar as a friend.
68. Tragedy Khadafi raps about skateboarding – 2002:
Queensbridge and Juice Crew rap legend Tragedy was somehow conned by Zoo York into spitting immortally memorable lines like “kickflip tailslide, we hand glide,” “crooked grind niggas equipped with full clips,” and “Natas Kaupas, who could stop us” in a commercial for Mixtape 2.
It’s hard being one of the most underrated rappers of all time, but least he maintained his dignity. Other participants in the video’s soundtrack, like Percee P didn’t fare so well, especially if you ever bumped into him on West 8th and Sixth Avenue in between a certain hot dog establishment and an upstairs record store. “Yo, y’all seen that new Zoo video? Yeah? Well I’m in that. Percee P. Y’all wanna buy my CD?” Damn homie.
67. Universal News on 14th Street stops its “A Sandwich and a Can of Soda for $2” deal, the 90s officially end – 2003:
Definitley the greatest economic prospect that existed for jobless skateboarders in the early 2000s, Universal News quickly understood that the city was entering a period of unbridled prosperity and growth, and that such early-90s price schemes were not good business. The end of this offer resulted in a 8.7% rise in death from starvation among Union Square skateboarders.
66. Autumn Skateshop Opens on East 2nd Street – 2001:
Early in the decade, Autumn was a minor, low-key player in the New York City skateboard economy. It was a cozy little shop, that always had the newest videos and none of the attitudes that ABC had, eleven blocks south. They even stocked legitimate, sealed copies of Memory Screen VHS tapes in 2001. It would later move across from Tompkins Square, and my, things really started to change.
65. Danny Renaud gets beat up in front of Sweet Paradise — 2007:
64. Time-Life Plaza on 50th Street Remodeled – 2001:
What was once the most iconic spot in Midtown Manhattan suffered a renovation that left its plaza depleted of beautiful, white, stone ledges that were soon subsidized with loud, angry Haitians security guards in fuzzy hats with an immense distaste for proper pronunciation of the English language.
63. Love Park Closes – 2003:
So instead of committing to acceptance letters from Temple, Drexel or Art Institute of Philadelphia, skateboarders who value both education and skate spots took a semester off, and reapplied to Pratt, SVA, New School, and Pace.
62. Brian Anderson invents the no comply and the wallie – 2003:
Up until 2003, us post-mid-80s babies were unaware that such a trick existed where you pop the board while having one foot on the floor and one on the board. The idea of “jamming” off a wall was also foreign to us. Brian Anderson went to the San Francisco Armory, and did a line there with both of these maneuvers, and ever since, we have slowly been forgetting about the existence of the ollie.
61. Epstein’s institutes a two-drink minimum on Wing Night – 2008:
In a city that bears the highest cost-of-living out of any American metropolis, being a young, broke skateboarder leads to drastic lifestyle shifts. Your diet is pretty sparse, and um, unhealthy to say the least. But when something as immense as buffalo wings for 25-cents each pops up, you restructure your whole budget to revolve around this particular delight in your life, and you sometimes don’t eat for six days until wing night rolls around. For several summers, Epstien’s maintained this meager-funds-having audience with the aforementioned special on Monday nights. However, its alcohol serving premises slowly began to look like a middle school cafeteria at lunchtime, and they instituted the very controversial two-drink minimum qualifier for wing night, driving away 75% of wing night’s patrons and leaving their exposed ribs poking through their Autumn and Supreme shirts.