The 2016 Quartersnacks Year in Review: 25-16

December 13th, 2016 | 3:32 am | Features & Interviews | 16 Comments

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Late start to the annual “Year in Review” series, but we weren’t about to let up on one of our favorite annual traditions in this occasionally great but more often awful year. We are going to condense the first installment into ten entries for the sake of time. One a week from here on out though :)

Past Editions: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

25. Pratt Degrees Get Put To Use

The 2016 reality of bust-free spots in the nation’s largest city is grim (e.g. they knobbed a bump in the ground this year, and people are literally interrupting their lives to argue about the placement of a trash can on the street.) And so, New York’s underemployed population of industrial design grads began to ransack the plastic horizontal beams off construction barriers city-wide, and stacking them to create some sort of pathetic poverty row parking block.

24. Gino’s Favorite Spot

There’s the famous adage about watching Gino push, but the more accurate hyperbole is “I’d rather watch Gino *talk*.” Gino’s presence continues to be felt even with infrequent onboard appearances — the guy made the blueprint for the current subgenre of skateboarding infatuated with tennis. And while a frequent caucasian pastime is visiting the bars made famous by our favorite alcoholic writers, finding out your favorite skater’s favorite spot is “Windsor Court” a.k.a. Breezy Ledges is kinda like finding out your favorite depressed author’s favorite bar is Croxley’s.

23. Subversive Line Choreography at the Chase Stairs

After 859,584 switch backside flips down the five and a bunch of pros opting to use the spot as a manual pad, Chase withered into Every-Line-Looks-The-Same purgatory. This caused a shocking sub-sect of choreography to emerge at a spot where being a jack of all trades and master of none had otherwise been the norm — doing the same trick up the two, on flat, and down the five.

22. Birdgang

At a time when “nostalgia” is a synonym for an old camera and nineties rap, it’s good to see the youth making raw, fun videos that [perhaps unintentionally] echo the era of unrefined 2000s web clips. The Birdgang videos recall the sweet innocence of those few years right before New York became skateboarding’s summer home in the best way possible.

21. The Riverside Revival

Just as “bad” tricks, “bad” gear, and “bad” clunky boards all came into fashion and syphoned their way into normalcy, Riverside (a “bad” skatepark, by modern standards) and its required helmet + pads (during non break-in season) became a destination in this final year of its existence.

20. Ricky Revealed As Having No Pop

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Praise be to Chrome Ball, who tracked down Ryan Hickey, one of New York’s most elusive natives, so that he could remind everyone that nobody is Fred Gall: “[Ricky] had no pop. He had some tricks but he was a jock, man. Whatever. He was good but he wasn’t Fred Gall.”

19. Wavy’s Closes

This had more of an impact on QS lore than the greater skateboarding ecosystem, but I’m just grateful Wavy’s will never live to witness Tr*mp’s America. It left at the right time, as much as that hurts to say. None of us would take back the hours turned to days turned to weeks we spent standing in front of there doing nothing if we could. Bless and godspeed.

You can find the non-cell phone angle at the end of this montage from John Valenti’s Local Express video.

18. House of Vans Creates a One-Percenter Ledge

Mayor Bill de Blasio won the office by promising New Yorkers that he would end the tale of two cities. Facing re-election next year, he’s going to have a tough time explaining to voters just how the best ledge in New York City is located inside a private, indoor facility built by a $2 billion shoe brand, while the 99% is left to pretend like that hunk of shit next to the McCarren Park bathroom actually grinds.

Last nights party with @craigbuffbaby @dobbinblock

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17. Heaven’s Gate

It’s hard to think of a recent video so opposed to skating any most (ok, they hit the B.Q.E. lot…) of the expected spots in New York. Heaven’s Gate goes to show how far the city can stretch if you put forth the effort and explore, although we of all people are not going to blame anyone for sitting at T.F. all day either ;)

16. Barnes Buys a Bentley

Justin Barnes — an alumnus of the notorious Dobbin Block skateboard housing development, and a 5Boro affiliate who trafficked in feats such as the one you see below — serves as a nice 2016 motivator for all those struggling to make it out of the skate house. Keep grinding…just probably on something besides your skate career.

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Bonus Mini 5 — Things We’re Good on Leaving in 2016:
5. Red caps with white writing.
4. “Credits” sections for web clips that are as long as the web clip itself.
3. Not being a dick, but I think we just capped out on brands named after streets in Lower Manhattan — but if you wanted to start Jay Street—Metrotech Bushings, that’d be dope.
2. Desiigner.
1. Any combination of skateboarding + Xanax.

16 Comments

Comment by J
  • Amazed you guys have kept this going so long. Keep it up, always a pleasure to read.

    December 13, 2016 @ 4:24 am
  • Comment by Lipshits
  • Lol ricky oyola gettin shit on,

    December 13, 2016 @ 11:46 am
  • Comment by Bbrown
  • Keep grinding… just not on your skate career. Hahahaha

    December 13, 2016 @ 11:47 am
  • Comment by croxleys
  • made me lol

    December 13, 2016 @ 1:25 pm
  • Comment by adversitive
  • Best stuff man

    December 13, 2016 @ 1:33 pm
  • Comment by Scott K
  • Haha excellent

    December 13, 2016 @ 3:47 pm
  • Comment by mitch
  • “3. Not being a dick, but I think we just capped out on brands named after streets in Lower Manhattan — but if you wanted to start Jay Street—Metrotech Bushings, that’d be dope.”

    yep

    December 13, 2016 @ 6:18 pm
  • Comment by Curious
  • Where’s that fire Ryan Hickey part? I can’t find it…

    December 13, 2016 @ 6:41 pm
  • Comment by A bump-to-bar in West Philly
  • LOL Doing Ricky so dirty Snack! You mean to tell me your just falling in line and agreeing with Hickey?!

    He was talking directly out his ass, in terms of the Oyola pop appraisal.

    December 13, 2016 @ 8:06 pm
  • Comment by Crater
  • People have asked me if my QS hat is a trump hat. To the closet with you red hat.

    December 14, 2016 @ 10:42 am
  • Comment by Snack
  • I completely understand. We won’t be making another red hat until 2020, earliest.

    December 14, 2016 @ 12:32 pm
  • Comment by Ozbiously
  • If only you were black and could stand up for minority rights instead of co-opting minority culture….good on’ya!

    December 14, 2016 @ 3:49 pm
  • Comment by knickerbockin
  • @ozbiously whats wrong with black culture replacing white culture as the most relevant universal brand ? it is time.

    December 15, 2016 @ 2:57 pm
  • Comment by maga
  • were you triggered?

    December 16, 2016 @ 12:44 am
  • Comment by Diplo
  • You guys just sent me down quite a deep Bobshirt hole. Hope those dudes never stop

    December 16, 2016 @ 12:20 pm
  • Comment by David Loy
  • Dude Sinner loves the Xans. You guys would be down I thought. You do a half, put your fav XX house remix on your ear buds, and hit the Baker Boys park. Best shit out ARF

    December 29, 2016 @ 9:35 pm
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