Jersey City is Getting a Proper Concrete Skatepark

March 5th, 2015 | 1:06 pm | Spot Updates | 7 Comments

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A few days late on this, whatever.

And look, Tony, dude, I’m sorry I linked that soundbyte of Tas Pappas telling you to fuck off on Monday.

As per an announcement several days ago, Jersey City was awarded a $25K grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, which facilitates the construction of a public skatepark in a zone with “at-risk youth.” The park will be a part of the Berry Lane Park development off Communipaw Avenue. Berry Lane is less than a ten-minute skate away from the current site of the Jersey City junk spot, and near the Garfield Avenue Light Rail station. Considering most sections of the neighborhood currently look like this, it’s quite an upgrade. Can’t tell where inside the park the skatepark is though.

We’ll leave the pontificating re: skateparks “homogenizing style” or whatever to the Slap boards and interviews about “the state of skateboarding.” We’ve eased up on skatepark-averse news coverage these past five years. Jersey City isn’t a prime example of forward-thinking recreational space, so prior to this week, this looked like it would’ve been in endless limbo. Skaters in Jersey City have subsided on the Rink and their D.I.Y. spot for the past half-decade, without much else to skate hassle-free. This is the first concrete park in a major city in New Jersey (edit: disregard that, Elizabeth had a concrete park for a few years); it’s absurd it has taken this long.

This is a win-win for everyone. The park is slated to open by the end of 2015. Much respect to all the people who lobbied for the park and made it happen :)

P.S. Not to downplay the contribution by people at the Hawk Foundation whatsoever, but how insane is it that a baseball foundation gives them $173.5k for lights and a scoreboard?

Lights and a scoreboard. $173.5K. Who, like, even plays baseball anymore?

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the red devil. – New One From Supreme & Bill Strobeck

March 4th, 2015 | 12:15 pm | Daily News | 38 Comments

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Yoooooooooooooo

Out of all the unlikely things to become recognizable spots, this rail behind Stuyvesant High School maybe tops the list. Lenny Kirk 5050ed it, a over a decade went by, Jake did it switch, a half-decade went by, and now, it’s a thing that kids just skate in videos.

Word that Kevin Bradley ollied over the rail — from less than two-foot wide ledge to another less than two-foot wide ledge — has been around for a few months. Reider’s impossible over the Seaport bench was probably the last time rumors of a trick within city limits were that inconsistent with normal people’s ideas of skateboard reality. The photo verified it a week or two ago, and the footage came out today. Wow.

Joe Valdez would probably be proud, if it were thirty feet higher.

the red devil. is Bill’s new montage for Supreme, named in honor of Aidan Mackey’s vibrant hair. (Finally! It seems like our efforts have had at least some morsel of an effect on redhead acceptance in the skateboard world.) Features all the ever-progressing “cherry” kids, plus a bonus A.V.E. line. (Vans vid April?)

Previously:Joyride

Winter in America

March 2nd, 2015 | 5:48 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

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Rest in Peace, #14

Aaron Herrington’s Eastern Exposure part is cool.

The Cafe Creme blog interviewed Cyrus.

America, please copy everything Denmark does re: skateboarding. (Relevant.)

“Our culture has produced an amazing array of photographers and filmmakers and even sculptors, so it’s not a lack of work ethic or creative energy that’s stopping us from producing poets. But I don’t see it as dumbed down as much as hesitant and cautious. Look around: it’s not just that we’re unsure what skateboarding means, but we’re unsure whether it’s even a good idea to consider its meaning. Skateboarding is supposed to be fun, after all, it’s the most fun thing. Taking it too seriously can dampen or even kill this fun, so, you know, fuck it. Let’s look at the pictures.” The Deaf Lens interviewed Kyle Beachy, a guy who is really good at writing about skateboarding.

All This Mayhem, the cocaine-addled Pappas brothers documentary, is now streaming on Netflix. Quartersnacks review from the fall can be found here. “Fuck off Hawk, you fucking wanker. You can’t even flip your board you old prick.”

Solid Iron Claw Skates Dallas and Austin trip montage is now up.

Always love these guys’ videos: Another one from Budapest’s Rios crew.

Jake is on a new company and JNCOs are coming back.

Mike Sass’ Duzzed video is now online in full.

Ripped Laces looks back at the early 2000s tech of Savier shoes.

“I still think the beauty of skating, in its truest form, is this solitary activity. It has to do with self-reliance and dealing with loneliness in a productive way.”

SMLTalk’s Boston winter spot directory is pretty universal for the northeast.

53 seconds of unseen Gino Iannucci footage.

“We’re out there breaking our ass trying to find this kid, and you’re up there fucking around in Nyack.” A teaser for Bleach, Paul Young’s new video featuring Dick Rizzo, Erik Martinez, Josh Wilson, Mark Humienik and others.

Found this rather interesting: the world famous Sants spot in Barcelona is unmodifiable, on account of it receiving an architecture award in 1983. The city is, however, starting to build designated places to skate in each district of the city, which could stir things up a bit in what’s basically the skate spot capital of Europe.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Three-minute Anthony Mason YouTube mix. As far as last week, these 27 seconds just about sum up the 2014-15 Knicks season.

Quote of the Week: “I’m rich in unpaid invoices.” — Pad

A month late on this, but Uncle Murda’s “2014 Rap Up” is incredible. It’s like the ones Skillz used to do, but actually funny. Must embed situation.

CRAZY.

Winter in Spain

February 27th, 2015 | 3:05 am | Footage | 2 Comments

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[Three weeks ago]
I got a ticket to Barcelona for just under $800. I’m going for 10 days. You wanna roll?
Nah man, I got a bunch of work to do, I should probably chill.

In hindsight, I’m an idiot.

There’s this misguided idea in skateboarding that “Barcelona is blown out.” Fran Molina eradicated any relevance there was to be found in filming at MACBA, Para-lel is gone, and GX skated the short side of Universitat. The end.

In skimming through the SD cards that came back from the trip I turned down, I realized that the perception of Barcelona as a place with nothing to skate beyond what you saw in the DC Video ten years ago is, uh, rather moronic. These guys went to two of the spots that we went to in our two weeks out there in 2011. There are endless bank spots, half of which you’ve never seen in a proper skate video before, i.e. Barcelona’s version of the shitty ledge spot in deep Brooklyn that all the locals avoid venturing out to is some insane, out-of-the-way marble bank. Plus, all those spots are empty at this time of year (notice the lack of any humans in the background of all these clips.) Who really goes to Barcelona in mid-February, you know?

Features Zeb Weisman and Jonah Miller. Filmed by Andre Page while you were walking to the bar in zero-degree weather listening to “Trap Queen” on your phone.

Shout out to Bolts Premium and Inkwell Commons.

Previously: Skate Spot Porn – Barcelona, 2011 Barcelona Update #1, 2011 Barcelona Update #2, 2011 Barcelona Montage

The Best Thing About 2015 Is This B-Roll From 2004

February 24th, 2015 | 5:57 am | Time Capsule | 12 Comments

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We don’t make a point of running standalone posts about Thrasher videos, because chances are, you check Thrasher way before you end up on Quartersnacks navigating between the rap mixtape links for skateboard content. However, after posting J.B’s Freedom Fries part yesterday for no more reason than its status as once-a-week lunch hour viewing at the QS office, Thrasher uploaded all of French Fred’s raw footage from the creation of said part later in the day.

In the Jerry Hsu “Five Favorite Parts” piece that ran last week, he actually picked ten, and the post ended up consisting of the five he talked about the most. One of the more abbreviated stops was Gino’s Trilogy part, and how he didn’t necessarily need anything more than a handful of really solid tricks to make a substantial impact a la “less is more.” J.B’s parts have also seldom clocked in above two-minutes, yet always been memorable (remember how the feeble alley-oop 180 was the most talked about trick from Bon Voyage two years ago?) His 2:30 ender in Freedom Fries came at a time when “last part” meant a two-song emotional rollercoaster*. Watch Fred’s raw footage below; it’s obvious they could’ve tacked another 30-45 seconds onto it and didn’t. Everything in the part belongs and works. It’s perfect.

Great six-minute skate parts are as rare as great six-minute rap songs. They do exist, but there’s a reason most of the classics know not to risk overstaying their welcome.

*No disrespect to Arto, Zered or Jerry Hsu’s two-song tour de forces from the 2000s ;)

Watch it with “The Mexican” playing in the background for maximum effect.

Previously: All Hail Jean-Baptiste