A Short History of New York’s Longest Lines

January 18th, 2018 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 10 Comments

Ricky Oyola, godfather of the east coast “filming a line via just skating random shit on the street”-practice, once expounded on his peak skateboard dream: doing a line through Philadelphia’s then-standing City Hall, into the street, up into the Municipal Services building, back down the stairs, across the street, into Love Park, through Love Park, and end at Wawa.

The closest he got on record was a line from the end of City Hall, through the intersection, and into Love Park in Eastern Exposure 2, but it did establish a lingering precedent for connecting spots. Apart from Ricky and that Joey O’Brien Sabotage 4 line where he starts at Love and ends up in the garage beneath it, spot connecting does not have a rich history in Philadelphia.

Or anywhere, really — because doing a line from one spot, through the street, and to another, is fucking hard. There are variables (people, traffic, pebbles, maybe two sets of security, acts of God), and a pressing anxiety of missing the final trick in an already-long line, which gets amplified by the fact that fifteen other things went right up until that point. As you will soon learn, spot connecting is something most people do for the sake of doing it. In the majority of cases, they stick to their safe tricks.

Like Philadelphia, New York is a dense and layered city. Many of its streets are narrow, and depending on where you are, three or four spots could be across from one another. New York never had a “Big Three,” but it does have three different types of benches on four different street corners, and over the years, skateboarders here have kept their third eyes open and far-sighted.

The 2017 Quartersnacks Year in Review: 5-1

December 30th, 2017 | 12:00 am | Features & Interviews | 5 Comments

Let’s close this one out • Previously in 2017: 15-6, 25-16

Past Editions: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Push Me to the Edge, Cup and Saucer’s Dead

July 17th, 2017 | 11:24 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

Given the QS office’s love affair with the city of Copenhagen, we decided to link up with our friends at Street Machine to promote the romance in skateboarding ♥ Quartersnacks for Street Machine ♥ will be available this Friday, July 21 at Street Machine (duhhh), Civilist, Slam City Skates, Arrow & Beast, Ben-G, Lockwood and Labor. Also available on the QS webstore at midnight on Friday, E.S.T.

Rest in Peace, Cup and Saucer, which will serve its last bacon, egg and cheese today. Thank you for giving us a comfortable place to eat breakfast in the winter while everyone else is late to meet up. You will be missed.

Nobody skated the Banks in the years leading up to them closing, because like, they sucked. Seven years passed. People got really good at skateboarding. And now everyone skates at the Banks again ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Another promo for Bailar II at… dude you guessed it, the Brooklyn Banks.

Andrew Skateshop continues to push new wave Miami skateboarding with their new promo, “Loso,” which includes a full part with Carlos Mendoza from Drama.

“Robbie Gangemi unfollowed me on Instagram because I posted some flat earth shit.” The Bunt’s season may be over, but The Nine Club has a funny interview with one of skateboarding’s greatest storytellers, Vinny Ponte.

Antonio Durao with a Prodigy tribute at appropriately the best skate spot in Queens.

The always enjoyable 99 Percent Invisible podcast runs through the origin of the kidney-shaped pool, and how it came to give birth to early forms of skateboarding.

LurkNYC posted eight minutes of raw John Shanahan footage. Does anyone remember which part he skates off the rock and over the wooden bench a few hundred feet south of Three Up Three Down? Can’t find the footage.

The Theories site is posting listicles now ;) Following the news about Muni being renovated next year, they ran down five of the lesser known plaza spots in the U.S.

File the new Sour Instagram remix / full-length video as one of those unifying moments that got brought up by skateboarders from all walks of life this past weekend.

With tensions between the U.S. and Russia running high these days, let’s lighten the mood with some links from behind the former Iron Curtain! 1 — Hungary) Eastern Europe’s Most Productive Crew, the Rios boys, come through with a new one entitled “Visít.” 2 — Abkhazia) The guys at Absurd Skateboards have an uncanny ability at skating spots that look like they’re locations from a creepy horror movie. Their trip to the partially-recognized nation of Abkhazia is no different, although the mood lightens after the first song. 3 — Mother Russia herself) What Youth has a video essay / interview with Tolia Titaev about the Russian skate scene.

Boil the Ocean re: the skateboard deck’s immunity to inflation and genuine innovation.

Marseilles seems like a good time, albeit a bit violent.

Quote of the Week: “Sex minutes are like dog years.” — Chuck MVP

Logan claims that the 917 video is dropping on September 17th.

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Summer Mondays

July 3rd, 2017 | 1:58 pm | Daily News | 2 Comments

Was contemplating taking a four-day weekend and not posting Monday Links until Wednesday, but got enough people in the office to cruise around the internet for a bit. Russ got MVP, Phil got fired and Tyshawn fakie ollied a trash can in front of Supreme since the last Monday Links post, and all of those things feel like they happened a month ago…(Don’t know who took the photo above btw.)

Quick one of Sean Pablo at the Brooklyn Banks.

Omg, Kohlton and a Logan sighting in the same clip. Do we begin a change.org petition for a joint part? New summer iPhone montage from Genny.

There are a bunch of Alltimers boys in the Blue Collar Hardware video, made by the same minds as the Green Apple videos a la secretly some of the most influential videos of the past ten years / the first influence Peter cites in any Bronze-related interview / lol at people in comments calling it a Bronze bite.

Romain Batard uploaded a “Summer Trip to New York” montage with one of the cooler recent lines at Fredrick Douglas Plaza. Also, why does it seem like that spot almost exclusively appears in “_____ Trip to New York” videos?

LurkNYC put together another Hotel Blue montage + another NY Times outtakes clip.

Theories of Atlantis got all urban planner on us and broke down Robert Moses’ circumstantial influence on New York skate spots — though not sure Stuy-Town is really an actual spot for normal humans.

Seems like it has been a big past couple of years for spots resurrecting. Here’s an interview about the effort to restore London’s Southbank undercroft to its original form from pre-2004. (Small Banks helllllooooo.)

You probably caught this one already: Nick Ferro dropped a rad part for Grand Collection. No rapper did anything too cool with that beat and it’s sad :(

All the illicit uploads kept getting deleted, but Yaje’s part from Riddles is now online.

Tennyson came through with yet another 411 remix, this time of Kareem Campbell and Donger. Essential viewing, especially the Kareem demo / contest footage. Wow.

Both of these are heavy on the art and minimal on the tricks, but maybe you’re into that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ … Krooked in NYC, and a longform “One Night in New York” Cons commercial with Aaron Herrington and Brian Delatorre.

Quote of the Week
Hungry Gentleman: “I’m thinking about going to Lil’ Frankie’s.”
Jesse Alba: “Damn, you have that much cash on you?”

When you wear a Saturdays hoody on your mixtape cover but your shit goes…

50 Shades of Bands

June 19th, 2017 | 2:20 pm | Daily News | 1 Comment

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The QS webstore is restocked with new colors of the swim shorts, a couple new tees, and bags for summer Rockaway trips :) Thank you for the support ♥

Chris Jones’ Spirit Quest section is now playing over at Free. Really sick Soho noseslide opener, and generally some of the most creative (not in an annoying way obvs) + good-looking New York footage in recent memory. Perfect part.

Mehring put together a rad article about those couple of weeks that the Banks were open for The Skateboard Mag. See everyone there again in 2023 ;)

Every time Dustin Henry footage comes out, I remember that he’s my favorite skater that I’d be O.K. with my non-existent daughter dating. Jake Kuzyk uploaded “Savers,” his first clip since The Antisocial Video dropped last year, which features a bunch of those guys + Alltimers, Dime, etc. affiliates.

Would rather watch T.J. skate flat at T.F. than ________. That half cab flip was bomb.

Looks just like most skaters’ apartments in Chinatown, tbh.

Erik Ellington tries on some snakeskin Palace Chelsea boots with Jenkem.

There are some chill Rowan Zorilla clips in Genesis’ summer iPhone montage.

The Bunt talks to Eli Reed about how the hell he figured out to be good at skating that manual pad at the Boston Aquarium and what was up with the “Taking Care of Business” #musicsupervision in State of Mind. Is switch tre into the Courthouse still an N.B.D? P.S. Eli, that switch 5050 hubba in the Bronx is gone man.

Somehow missed this a week ago, but “Putnam Avenue” is a formidable entry into this year’s “Summer Trip to New York”-clip cycle, featuring a couple Euros.

Merchants of Ill in Montreal via Max Hull. See everyone tomorrow :) ♥

Boil the Ocean points you in the direction of Danny Garcia’s “All City roots” for the site’s annual summer video mixtape series.

Quote of the Week
Inquisitive Gentleman: “Who was the best skater at your wedding?”
Nick Boserio: “Me.”

Love it when a Migos song about buying expensive stuff for girls gets turned into an anthem about starting businesses and shit.

Sorry 4 da wait today, love you :)