Hope you had a good holiday. Lets keep this thing going..
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.
60. Friendster hits the web – 2003:
This is when the Internet emerged as a separate existence for skateboarders. Real-life conversations amidst road trips and sessions were complimented by promises of “testimonials” on Friendster of how rad your bro is. In 2003, you had bragging rights if you were buddies with Kenny Hughes. In 2006, you could message your favorite pros on Myspace asking the deep down questions you’ve had burning in the back of your mind about obscure video part mannerisms. Now, you can log in to Facebook and tag incriminating pictures of Alex Olson.
59. The Harold Diddy is released — 2002:
While naive music journalists are all up in arms, rushing to call that godawful “Empire State of Mind” song the new “New York, New York,” everyone who has ever seen Mixtape 2 knows that Harold Hunter’s diddy bop is the true successor to Ol’ Blue Eyes’ New York anthem.
58. Harif Stands in the Homeless Food Line at the T.F. – 2004:
In the many instances of moral degradation that contributed to the demise of the TF, the blood should not be confined to the hands of 2005 and 2006. Even though those two years stand as a turning point in the dynasty and are full of red flags signaling a troubled legacy, questionable entries into the Tompkins sphere of influence started while it was still in its prime. No instance exemplifies a sign of change than the despicable exploitation of the homeless food service line by some of those on the lower rungs of the TF legacy. Despite having a highly profitable street wear line and legalized graffiti projects, Harif was negligent enough of Tompkins chivalry to get in line for food particularly allocated to the park’s homeless population. If the powers that were in place at the time (Eric was still mayor) had known this moral misstep would be an indicator of the party’s decent into a winding road of demise, it would not have suffered such a tragic slip of control later into the decade.
57. Nike Debuts its SB line –
When Nike made skateboard shoes, the world changed. The entire city collectively forgot about previous favorites like Koston 1s, Lakai Staples, I-Path Cats and Grasshoppers, Accels, and Lynxes (gosh!) and picked up a fresh pair of Dunks from the one or two stores that actually sold them citywide in ’02 . If you weren’t exclusive enough to scoop them up when they dropped in your size, you settled for a Foot Locker, non-SB pair of Dunks and fared just as well even though more skate-fashion-foward types would clown you for the fact that they didn’t match your fitted. But then, “sneakerheads” emerged as a mainstream entity, and skateboarders felt uncomfortable about being somehow related to them, so they moved on to Vans (and later Converse, Nike wins again!) The hood started buying skate shoes and the jocks from high school hung up their Etnies and started wearing Blazers.
56. ABC Skateshop moves to 13th Street – 2003:
What do you do when you get evicted from your current, gentrifying, emerging Avenue A retail space? Re-open up shop in the front room of your 13th Street apartment. It doesn’t get realer than that. It’s not exactly like running a mythical, story-laden skateshop out of your project apartment by the Banks as Benji had done years earlier, but it’s the closest post-millennium predecessor. And yes, it lasted a whole year.
55. The First All City Skate Jam – 2002:
Ever wonder where all the “Go Skate Day” marketing P.R. ploys by various skateboard companies came from and how they convinced the world that “Go Skate Day” was actually a mandatory holiday in June, to the point where your friends are asking you, “What are you doing for ‘Go Skate Day?’” even though you’re over the age of sixteen? Well, yeah, Bryan Chin and ABC skateshop came up with the prototype, and it seems like it has since been the only one worth remembering. Mainly because Mike Wright switch ollied twelve steps with a very minor snap-of-the-tail in front of 300 kids at the Veteran’s Memorial.
54. The Williamsburg Stabbings / Rise of the Machete Kids – 2008:
In the spring of 2008, a tribe of machete wielding degenerates took to the streets of Williamsburg with a mission in mind: take back their neighborhood. Random acts of violence, via stab wounds and machete cuts to those responsible for increased rent, coffee shops, and evictions Williamsburg became rampant, and soon, people like you and I were afraid to leave our homes [Full Disclaimer: There is no doubt in my mind that they would 100% be likely to stab me if they saw me, so not laughing at anyone’s likelihood of being stabbed], in fear of becoming victimized by these men with a seething hatred for slim jeans, guitar cases and irony.
This actually had a profound effect on skateboarding. When these transplants come to pursue their proximity to known music venues and an art school education, they are 98% likely to settle in Brooklyn. They are also 98% likely to have skateboards, and 16.532% of them are likely to actually use these skateboards. Word of the widespread panic caused by the machete thugs inevitably got back to Portland and Ohio – “I dunno dude maybe we should try L.A. instead” – and warded off an immeasurable amount of bums coming here and making Brooklyn, as seen through a satellite, look like someone just vomited after digesting fourteen flannel shirts. Even if this sounds a bit harsh, I’m sure the already present products of re-location would agree that a more-crowded T.F. was the last thing we needed.
53. Remedy Premiere (First Attempt) – 2001:
Underage New York skateboarders learned that they were unwelcome to nightlife the hard way on this cold, November night, as negligent venue owners at Fun (a now defunct nightlife establishment under the Manhattan Bridge that was/is most likely a front for the Triads) forgot that most skateboarders who attend video premieres are under 21 and decided to exclude them at quite literally, the very last moment. Due to the cloud of uncertainty and the overbearing sense of disappointment that cast itself over the young crowd, they decided to barricade the front door of the place with a dumpster. When the owners tried to get out, they started throwing rocks at them. The premiere was then rescheduled at another location.
52. Vicious Cycle is released – 2004:
Without doubt, the best, and most repeat viewing worthy video released by Zoo York throughout the decade. Marked by a genuinely excellent music selection, a first, legitimate Zared Basset part, an introductory Lurker Lou part, Eli Reed skating in velour jumpsuits to the sonic musings of Big Daddy Kane, and Ed Hall AKA Eddie Rap Life doing lines in 5XL yellow quilted jackets. Unfortunately, the video suffered from distribution constraints due to music rights and was relegated to internet-only status.
51. Newport, Seaport & Red Benches destroyed three consecutive summers after the other — 2001, 2002, 2003
Three summers in a row, New York skaters set the precedent of acting like a pack of hungry dogs whenever a new spot would come to light. The precedent continues today…
Week 1: The mellow one.
Week 2: All of Manhattan finds out about it.
Week 3: Brooklyn, Queens & the Bronx find out about it via “WHERE IS THAT SPOT?!?” threads on Official New York and Skate Perception
Week 4: Jersey and Long Island find out about it.
Week 5: The [insert skate team full of high-school drop-outs with alcohol problems] team is there filming for their mandatory, “Summer Stop in NYC Dudes!!!” clip.
Week 6: People are getting tickets there.
Week 7: Someone shoots a board into an old lady’s foot or hits a security guard over the head with a truck.
Week 8: It’s skatestopped or under 24-hour security.
Week 15: The tickets from week 6 are getting dismissed.