The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2012: 5-1

December 31st, 2012 | 3:10 pm | Features & Interviews | 1 Comment

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2012 is just about a wrap. Have a happy and safe New Year’s. Previously: #s 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6 + 2012 Predictions, The Year in T.F. Obstacles.

5. New York Knobs a Skatepark

With the knobbing of a plaza made up of ledges better than any ledge in a New York skatepark, we reached a new level of absurdity. Previously, tearing out a strip of ground in front of the Small Banks, installing chessboards to entice average citizens and failing miserably was the lowpoint. This spot’s demise more-or-less ended the days of skating Water Street for an entire afternoon, as there’s no longer a “great” spot on the east side of downtown. People now skate skateparks, former C-list spots like Gay Ledges, or went back to what they were doing before Seaport got built, which is skating flat at T.F. If there’s one consolation prize from this situation, it’s that all those overzealous security guards, who would angrily warn everyone of the day when the spot would be knobbed, got fired because there was nothing left for them to do.

Now see, this is what the holidays are all about. Three buddies sitting around, chewing gum.

December 24th, 2012 | 8:07 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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“I got a man in Poughkeepsie who wants to talk with you.”

The site has been having intermittent server issues and downtime over the past several days. Everything should be back to normal now.

Past QS Christmas Clips: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Frozen in Carbonite composed an interesting venn diagram for Pretty Sweet and Parental Advisory, the two marquee skate videos of the holiday season. Though “current rap, unironically” might belong in the middle, as “2Pac Back” was Pretty Sweet‘s only current rap song, and it was utilized in an appropriate way. Then again, it also has a caucasian Kid Cudi cover, so that might throw everything off…

In the spirit of list season, Boil the Ocean has begun to count down the top ten skate parts of 2012. Joseph Delgado’s 56k part took the tenth slot.

Speaking of which, the director behind “this year’s best-made video” put together a 56k-esque Bill Pierce part for Roger Skateboards.

Rob Harris is releasing a video entitled Dece Vid on January 20th with a full part of the most recent Yaje Popson footage and cameos from a bunch of others. Teaser here.

This new Skate Jawn montage may be the first skate clip with footage at Fulton Mall.

Rob Gonyon becoming irate with entitled New York bicyclists (seriously, that “DON’T YOU GUYS KNOW THIS IS A *BIKE* LANE?!?!”-contingent of society is the worst) and doing chill street lines.

Mark Suciu and friends at Lenox Ledges and other less-interesting destinations in New York. The switch powerslide at the Bronx Courthouse after the back 180 is impressive considering how tight that landing space is. Dude’s good.

Throwback: A 12-year-old Slicky Boy taunting Santacon idiots at Tompkins in 2007.

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New Chewy Canon part on Christmas?

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Gerald Henderson uses an invisible trampoline to dunk on a complacent-looking Dwight Howard. It would have been glorious if the Bobcats won this game.

Quote of the Week:

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Can someone please explain this Pheed thing? And will it ever get big enough for Facebook to pay $1 billion for it? What will you guys do then?

She’s Garbage, Bud

September 24th, 2012 | 12:52 pm | Daily News | 3 Comments

“I like to keep my skateboarding romantic.” Photo by Rob Harris.

Torey Goodall does a four-trick line with no push in this Slam City Skates “Rat Signal” montage. He also has tricks in a Montreal-based “lost tapes” clip that went up last week. Check out his Quartersnacks / Quiksilver part from earlier this year in case you missed it. Da boy all ova da map. #NPBS

Skateboarders might be lightyears behind rappers in the chain game, but Spencer Fujimoto’s piece of an aerial view of the Love Park fountain is a step in the right direction for skater forays into high-concept jewelry. Where does one commission a diamond-encrusted Paine Webber bench piece?

The Richmond, VA-based Venue Skateboards adds a montage to the 2012 “Summer in New York clip” canon. You didn’t go to New York if you didn’t skate a cellar door. (They did.)

Brian Clarke with an Enid’s diss track at 12th & A, but not really.

Here’s a finalized photo of what Polar Skateboards’ cement gift to New York looks like. Think of it as a huge upgrade from the Graham and Grand bank-to-bank that got blocked off last year. How long it lasts is anyone’s guess.

The Hopps team spent a day in Detroit a while back, and shared some photos from the trip over at Vice. Doesn’t it seem like way more skateboarders are visiting Detroit nowadays?

Well, the employees of a certain Starbucks in the Financial District are certainly going to have a fun time dealing with skateboarders these next couple of weeks.

The Steady Lurking video is now on YouTube in seperate parts.

A Geo Moya cameo would’ve been nice, but you can’t have it all…Luis Tolentino skates around the streets of Flushing, Queens.

Black Dave has added financial advising to his repertoire. Watch him break down the latest developments in Dutch Masters, weave and ashiness commodity markets. There’s also a new interview with him over at the Berrics.

And speaking of the Berrics…Quote of the Week:

Just wait until 56k wins an Oscar.


There are some real psychos hanging by the Tribeca Park / westside waterfront area.

New Flipmode / Bronze Video: ’56k’

July 23rd, 2012 | 2:50 pm | Footage | 29 Comments

In recent times, many have opted to fetishize VHS. The new Flipmode video went another route, and mined the 90s for every other piece of technological nostalgia, devising a Amazon Women on the Moon-esque concoction of early-internet imagery, late night TV channel guides, Jordan-era NBA clips, Baywatch?, and uh, mixtape drops. 56k loves the 90s, but is less fond of the 2000s. The only nod to the previous decade is a tasteful reutilization of perhaps the only great song to ever be in an EST video. And if you were to base a drinking game around taking a shot every time someone skates a spot on the island of Manhattan in this video, you’d end up taking around ten shots. Features Phil Rodriguez, Billy McFeely, Adrian Vega, Matt Daniels, Kevin Tierney, Shawn Powers, Joseph Delgado, Rob Gonyon, and guest tricks from others. Whether or not Bronze is an actual “company” has yet to be determined.

You can buy 56k on DVD, along with the past three Flipmode videos (Trife, Sognar, and Caviar) included on the same disc. $10 + $2 shipping, so it’s stupid not to.

Best outfit of the video goes to Phil Rodriguez: Camo pants and a tie-dye crewneck sweatshirt.





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