2014 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 15-11

December 18th, 2014 | 5:20 am | Features & Interviews | 1 Comment

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Keeping it going. Part one is here and part two is here.

15. The Best Spot on Water Street is a Rock

The spot depicted above is the most frequently sessioned Water Street spot in 2014.

The gateway to acquiring skate footage in lower Manhattan held on for dear life until 2014, when a rock became its marquee tourist stop. Heading further south on this once heavily-treaded path will yield nothing more than knobbed remnants of a once thriving ledge-based ecosystem, those shitty round ledges across from the Veteran’s Memorial, and nary a dollar-menu for the broke boys in sight.

The First Annual Quartersnacks Readers Choice Awards

December 16th, 2014 | 5:15 am | Features & Interviews | 21 Comments

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With this past weekend’s announcement proclaiming Wes Kremer as Thrasher‘s “Skater of the Year,” there was an exhale of relief. For years, conspiracy theories roared about Deluxe-biased selections, or favoritism of those who were just-short-of-exclusively “Thrasher guys” (e.g. Wes had Transworld & Skateboard Mag covers this year, but not a Thrasher one.) No funny business, no tampering with the voting box — everything seemed right. May Sk8Mafia grow into the most successful yet indifferent-to-growth skateboard company to ever exist.

Something that could have prevented years of speculation on the S.O.T.Y. selection process is transparency. Who came second? Who landed fifth place? How many votes for Sinner did they count? Did my fill-in vote for J.B. Gillet go through?

As a result, we present you with the most transparent year-end awards in skateboard internet history. These serve no purpose than to commemorate our hyper-specified niches of interest within the skate world by affixing percentages to their coolness via you, the reader. Now, you can get to see how similar or different you view the world, art and love than the average QS visitor. Feel free to vote in as many or as few categories as possible. Winners will be presented with possibly a free drink if you bump into anyone with possession of a QS company card throughout 2015.

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2014 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 20-16

December 10th, 2014 | 12:56 pm | Features & Interviews | 10 Comments

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Photo via Lurker Lou

Part two of our annual countdown series. Part one is here.

20. Marble at the T.F.

Throughout its history, Tompkins obstacles have been wood, steel, rubber, and sometimes even glass. The ability to move these materials without much manpower has been essential to the spot’s transient nature. Only the flat and The Crack™ remain — everything else is just passing through until some green-suited bandit musters up the nerve to remove it.

T.F. culture experienced a shock this summer when a foot-tall, slanted slab of marble mysteriously appeared inside the baseball diamond. It became the first marble obstacle in Tompkins history, and dubbed The Tombstone™. This two-foot-wide piece of rock broke the record once held by the blue rail for the longest-standing loose object of the post-Autumn era. Claims of liquid-nailing it to the ground were abound in May and June, except that was, like, way too much work for anyone to do. The spot was gone as mysteriously as it appeared by the end of the month.

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Five Favorite Parts With Brandon Westgate

December 4th, 2014 | 11:55 am | Features & Interviews | 1 Comment

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Hollister S/S 2015. Photo by Sean Cronan.

After taking into account the ages of past participants in our favorites series, we realized they typically hover above thirty, hence recurring Sheffey Life Story and Gonz Video Days recollections. We reached out to Brandon Westgate, who recently made headlines after a rather wild Thrasher cover, for some perspective on what those under 30 are into. Unsurprisingly, every skater’s favorite parts always end up more-or-less tied to their formative years. This one strikes a nice balance between nostalgia, and “my friends are my favorite skaters”-isms of the Jake piece.

2014 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 25-21

December 3rd, 2014 | 2:20 pm | Features & Interviews | 12 Comments

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(The list series formerly known as “The Events That Defined New York Skateboarding in 20__”)

If you started reading our award-winning skateboard website in 2014, we should inform you that every December, we turn the mundane into the fantastic by counting down the moments that shaped skateboarding in this fine city throughout the past twelve months. They are listed in rough order of importance, depending on how you define the word “important.” A fun way to reminisce for those who were there, and a way to get informed for those who were not. Enjoy ;)

Previously…2013: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2012: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2011: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2010: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2000s: 100-91, 90-81, 80-71, 70-61, 60-51, 50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-2, #1.

25. The Grease Banks

We begin our year-end countdown with where we began last year: skate deterrents. Where would we be if not for those who try to stop us?

We’re accustomed to having buckets of water poured on us by people who live above diamond-plate skate spots, or eggs thrown at us by kids out of project windows. Hell, in Barcelona, we saw someone throw bleach from a window on a drunk crowd of skateboarders outside a bar. But this fall, after becoming an accidental neighbor with Chinatown’s latest bank spot, a restaurant poured kitchen grease all over the obstacle of interest, which — short of maybe smearing shit all over a spot — is the most hateful skate deterrent of all time, especially in less-detectable low light.