The 2013 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 10-6

December 27th, 2013 | 12:12 pm | Features & Interviews | 6 Comments

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Hope everyone had a good Christmas. Let’s get this thing done with.

Previously: #s 25-21, #s 20-16, #s 15-11, The Year in T.F. Obstacles

10. Skating Over Black Hubba Becomes a “Thing”

2013 was filled with benchmark moments that emphasized just how fast skateboarding is progressing: Ishod’s versatility among three parts, Nigel Hudsons’ superhumanness, Westgate’s aversion to physics, and Mark Suciu’s career-worth-of-footage-in-12-months productivity. In New York, life moves a bit faster, but as a result, skating progresses, much, much slower. Everything is five years behind if you want to be generous, ten if you want to be a dick about it.

Our moment came on a smaller level. Filming on Black Hubba has seemed kinda silly ever since Riley Hawk saw it fit to do, like, a bluntslide varial flip down it. Good skateboarders had officially run out of tricks to do there — except now people are good enough to skate over it. Olson kickflipped over it three years ago, but things ramped up this year with a front three, a nollie back 180, a backside flip, and two switch flips.

YO, HOW ABOUT OCCUPYING SOMETHING THAT’S NOT A SKATE SPOT?

November 17th, 2011 | 1:44 pm | Daily News | 12 Comments

This whole Occupy Wall Street thing is making skateboarding in a major city more annoying than it already is. Initially, we commended their idealistic goals and the nobility of being disruptive for the sake of making a point, and even sought to adopt their model for matters more closely related to skating, but that’s over. Protesting for the rights of “the 99%” is cool and all, but please, for the love of God, choose a space that doesn’t have good ledges in it. You might annoy a few stockbrokers with your kitschy signs and “Kumbaya” chants, but you’re pissing us off way more.

New York: How are you going to get kicked out of one skate spot (Zuccotti), and then go seven blocks up the street to another skate spot (Foley Square / Black Hubba)? This isn’t “Go Skateboarding Day,” and all of you aren’t sixteen-years-old and on skateboards. All the bums/junkies taking up temporary residence among Zuccotti protesters probably licked all the wax off the ledges by now, and that place is surely destined to be even more of a colossal bust once the weather hits below freezing and this is all over.

Philadelphia: They’re camped out all over City Hall, but at least skateboarders have started to fight back. And who the hell brings a movable children’s playpen to an “Occupy” protest? You’re raising your kids in a tent at City Hall?

Minneapolis: Yet again, one of the city’s best spots became an “Occupy” tent city. It’s 27 degrees in Minneapolis right now, so that one will probably last right up to the point when you can’t actually skate until spring.

Do what you do — we’re cool with you trying to end the Federal Reserve because it’ll make skating the best gap in downtown Manhattan way easier, and hopefully, if you succeed, major scenes from Die Hard With a Vengeance might become realities. Only like six skateboarders are a part of the 1% (I see you Nyjah), so there’s no reason Occupy Wall Street should be making our lives more difficult. The New York Parks Department’s website says there are 1700 public spaces in the city. Most of those don’t have marble ledges. Have fun at any of those you want.

THE GOOD NEWS: One of those idiot security guards from the building (i.e. the ones that kick you out for skating and take their jobs waaaaay too seriously), got fired for calling some guy a “faggot.” Keep those cameras rolling next time you get the boot.

Tropical Storm Bloomberg Links

August 29th, 2011 | 9:20 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

Well, that was fun. Bloomberg just might end up looking like the boy who cried wolf next time there’s a serious weather threat. In case you missed it, check out our post of 10 hurricanes better than Irene. That photo up top was stolen from The New York Times‘ Irene gallery.

It’s easy to imagine Kennedy Cantrell and Matt Militano being inevitable local favorites whenever the Slap One in a Million goes down in New York. Are they old enough to get into Le Bain is the real question though.

Rick Howard + The song from the drunk scene in Mean Streets = Must post, even if everyone has already seen it.

If J. Crew insists on making a “Tompkins pant,” there is an issue of when Tompkins’ principal shareholders and Board of Trustees can expect to start receiving their dividends. (There also appears to be a Ludlow suit, hopefully J. Crew doesn’t disregard this issue too long, otherwise, it’s bound to turn into a class action lawsuit from the Ludlow Street Drunks and the Tompkins Square Park Skaters.)

Brian Delatorre landed a spot on the Habitat roster. Here’s his new Firing Line.

Last week, someone frontside nosegrinded down the Black Hubba. This week, somebody backside flips over it in a clip by recent Richmond, VA expatriates.

Piro Sierra 5050s that gigantic rail in The Bronx by Lincoln Hospital at 0:29 in this Naysayer Skateboards clip. Take him to the Rutgers Newark 18-stair rail next. And since we’re talking about The Bronx, watch this clip of Olu Stanley shredding to “(Still) Not a Player.”

Before the iPhone killed off the VX1000, there was a smartphone manufacturer called “Blackberry.” Below is a clip filmed by Emilio Cuilan on his Blackberry, dating from 2007 to 2009, and featuring Ty Lyons, Billy McFeely, Black Dave, Kevin Tierney, Yaje, and a bunch of other TF people.

There’s a new spot across the street from C.I.A. (next to the Starbucks), in the form of a short manual pad off a low drop. It’s a two-second bust, but someone’s going to get footage on it.

Quote of the Week:Seinfeld is about life before cell phones.” — Matthew Mooney

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