The runway to the two block is good! (Well, about a third of the court got taken over by rubber, but you should still be good, more or less…)
The handicap rail is no longer with us. The runway for it has been covered in rubber to provide a surface for the exercise equipment that the Parks Department installed in place of one-third of the basketball court. Maybe you have a tiny bit of space to land if you’re going up it, but otherwise, it is rather useless.
Just another chapter in the most skated lower Manhattan spot of the 2010s. Whether or not it will lose some of its marketshare as downtown’s premier bust-free attraction post renovation remains to be seen ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sometimes it only takes a small change to really screw with a spot’s feng shui.
“Either you’re down or you’re not. New Orleans is insanely small, and not only am I the shop owner, but I skate, so at the end of the day at 7, I’m like on the corner with all boys drinking beer. I don’t want to be like, “uh no you’re not on, you are on.” It’s just dumb, so with me it’s just like man the whole city’s on.” Skate Jawnhas a new interview with QS office favorite, Philly Santosuosso. (Related.)
You’ve no doubt caught it, but Adidas has a new video of the 50-year-old Mark Gonzales and the twenty-year-old Tyshawn Jones skating around lower Manhattan together. The “this is a state trooper building” bit made me laugh hehe.
It’s one of those “more words than videos” weeks :)
“But skateboarding’s worldview can often become so totalizing that commitment to it far into adulthood, past the age when it’s socially acceptable to ride around in a school bus smoking weed and listening to Slayer, can look like protracted adolescence. This is why skateboarding, for a large chunk of the country, will never fully outgrow its degenerate associations. And that’s fine.” It is notoriously difficult to produce a genuinely great piece of writing about skateboarding, but Noah Gallagher Shannon’s profile of Grant Taylor ticks all the boxes. Send it to your mom.
QS is perpetually giving 90% of skate video editors a hard time for their uninspired marriage to Big L + and this idea that basically all rap still needs to sound like nineties rap (how boring does that sound tbh?), but we’ll throw you guys a bone here because there’s a substantial chance you haven’t heard this one before, and it’s really fun:
Unclear as to where this is going to lead (the office is currently an ocean away on vacation, so a local follow-up will have to wait), but this cryptic fence could have grave consequences on the flow of the most oft-skated lower Manhattan spot of the past decade :(
(Or it will just revert back to the state it was in before the wooden slats were removed and Columbus Park experienced its rebirth these past five or six years.)
Thanks to Zach Moeller for the intel.
Update: Here’s another photo via Mike Heikkila, and by the looks of it, the fence is bolted into the floor, which [probably] means its bound to be there for a while.
ANOTHER UPDATE: It looks like they fenced it off to install exercise machines, a la what’s at the part of Seaport by L.E.S. Park. The wholes for the machines are all outside of the perimeter for the basketball court, so it seems like the runways to everything will be fine, provided they remove the fence.
Now that that’s out of the way, this is maybe the first Monday Links post ever where there are more links to articles (i.e. written words) than videos…
“After drilling his truck bolts back for a bigger nose and noselsliding ledges in the ’80s, Mark had one of the first noseslide photos on a rail (one where he’s actually sitting on it rather than just dinging it) as a sequence in his June 1990 Poweredge.” As per an indirect solicitation, Mackenzie Eisenhour enlisted Guy Mariano to chronicle how the modern noseslide was invented. As suspected, Mark Gonzales is responsible.
“As he flies through the air, he is caught between life and death, suspended in the void of nonexistence — the ultimate Kleinean motif.” Jamie Thomas’ “leap of faith” as a work of avant garde art juxtaposed against the art of Yves Klein. Yeah, fuck it, why not.
Vice has an interview with Jonathan Rentschler about documenting the final years of Love Park for his book, Love. QS review for it here. And you can should buy it here ;)
This is oddly…not bad? Deadspin (of all places) has a #longform article about the full history of Rodney Mullen V.S. Daewon Song — though idk about it “changing skateboarding forever.”
Boil the Ocean offers some thoughts on J. Scott Handsdown and Dan Pageau taking crowdsourcing via the skateboarding community to newfound heights. To be fair, they ain’t special — Meatball pioneered this concept when he tried to GoFundMe a ticket to Australia so he could tag along on a Hardies trip.