The 2016 Quartersnacks Year in Review: 15-6

December 20th, 2016 | 1:36 pm | Features & Interviews | 2 Comments

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Keeping it moving with the new 10-10-5 format :) Previously in 2016: 25-16

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

15. Astor Renovation

Two years ago, we lost a zen-like intersection of flatground that intertwined with all vibrant walks of life — the greatest non-spot in this history of skateboarding. It was, however, replaced with actual skateable obstacles this year: decent-enough beveled benches, a gap that replicated BAM’s ledge-to-street gap, and a Flushing-width flatground gap that Jason Byoun switch Muska flipped. The spot’s original meditative qualities dissolved into cement fairy dust, but at least it’s something to skate for now, even if the overall aesthetic of the new Astor Place is “we ran out of money.”

Mondays Are For The Links

November 21st, 2016 | 4:59 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

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Jav. Westside. Reda.

Bobshirt interviews have kinda replaced Epicly Later’d as the eminent series for telling stories about the good old days. Every edition is great, but the new one with Giovanni Reda is a truly special. He’s an encyclopedia of New York skateboarding. Also #respect on the comments re: having no shame in fanning out in adult years :)

It’s incredible how the crowd consensus on a new skatepark in New York can go from “It’s so fun, flows well, actually has straight [fucking] ledges” to “it’s too dusty, everything is uphill and awkward” in 72 hours. Are we the worst? Probably. NY Skateboarding has photos of the completed Fat Kid Skatepark in downtown Brooklyn.

Some people just aren’t that bright yaknow?

With so many skate videos out every day, it’s rare to see something that truly reminds you of no other skate clip that you’ve ever seen before. A trip to a string of ancient cities outside of Moscow known as the “Golden Ring” by Russia’s Absurd Skateboards. It’s trippy man.

A link to a video clip that features Javier Sarmiento, Jesus Fernandez, Daniel Lebron, Luy-Pa Sin and Tom Penny. #EuroTech™ #EuroTech™ #EuroTech™

TWS put its feature on Colin Read and Spirit Quest online.

“Skate the streets while you still can.” Thrasher has an interview with Bobby and Hjalte about the making of “Looks OK To Me.”

Straight on backside 180 over the Columbus Park rail and other points of interest in the sixth installment LurkNYC’s “Mean Streets” series.

“The beauty of the skate industry is you make lifelong friendships. Once you’re in there, if you’re working hard and doing a good job you’re basically in for life.” Skateboard Story interviewed Mike Gilbert, the director of Thrasher‘s website, about running a skateboard media company in 2016.

Jenkem followed up with Billy Rohan after that Politico story about him meeting with Tr*mp came out last week. Didn’t actually happen, but honestly, I’m not putting anything past a dude who got permits to skate in front of the White House and rights to print federal emblems on skateboards back in 2009…

Boil the Ocean tackles the election, reports of Cliché’s demise (“confirmed” on this?), and Canada excelling at everything this past Drake-dominated half-decade. #morelife

Nine-minute B-roll of some ATL (?) dudes skating New York this past summer.

“As I float away, it must be a dream…” 90-minute best of Mr. 3-2 mix. S/O Martorialist.

QS Sports Russell Westbrook Desk: Come on now. Dagger in Houston. Hey, Russ is at the Garden this time next week btw ;)

Quote of the Week: “I don’t like drinking in my skate clothes.” — Will Robson-Scott

Two favorite songs right now ♥ If you see Thando, buy him a drink.

Throwaway Laptops NBD

October 24th, 2016 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

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Hey man, thanks for the glowing review. Quartersnacks for Nike SB available now :) Oh, also regs line of new QS merch should be available very, very soon ♥

Better than a ginger shot!* A quick jolt of Jake Johnson from the GX video to get your day going. (*Disclaimer: probably not better than a ginger shot health-wise, fyi.)

Shout out to The New York Times for using “Fat Kid Spot,” the spot’s proper name, in their article about the park’s reconstruction. Also shout out to the DOT for getting rid of that pesky bridge above the park. Set to open late fall.

Hard to tell exactly where upstate this video is based out of, but spotted a good bit of Rochester spots. “Friction” is a chill eleven-minute video filmed somewhere around that big ol’ state that sits above our small center-of-the-universe city.

It feels like this is the first year in a long time when the frontrunner(s) for SOTY weren’t completely obvious a month out from the award. Boil the Ocean weighs in on the contenders, although gonna have to disagree that the Snoop Dogg song from Away Days ever needed to be skated to. Nor does it alleviate the fact that Busenitz skates in German jk ;) The QS list is Tiago, Max and Daniel Kim duh.

Sometimes you just want to skate in front of Fanelli’s during the lunch rush yaknow? “Mean Streets” volume 4 via the LurkNYC camp is now live.

“You never know: You might say the word faggot walking down the street one day and some big old lesbian’s going to hear you, turn around, and punch you right in the face.” Awesome new interview with Brian Anderson that encompasses his entire career, conducted on the occasion of him joining the Anti-Hero roster.

Major pet peeve is websites who don’t post dates with their content, so not entirely sure how old this is, but Boardrap has an interview with the two minds behind The Bunt, both the QS News Desk and the QS Sports Desk’s favorite podcast. (Yo shout out to Grant Patterson for pervading usage of the term “nollie half cab” and F all of U who have a problem with it. Sincerely, everyone who skates at T.F.) The Bunt’s new episode with Kevin Lowry is also now live, btw.

Bobby DeKeyzer x Tumblr remix, or something?

A teaser for Sabotage 5, the last Love Park video ever.

Stuff You’ve Seen: 1) Johnny’s new one, “Sup World,” which signals a bowing out of #skatevideohouse and a sonic foray into the renewed #interest in hardcore shirts? I dunno. 2) “Sage & Sean,” via my neighbor Logan Lara. 3) Lakai AM nearly levels Chelsea jogger. Last week was probably the heaviest “What about so-and-so?”-week for #QSTOP10. Can’t win ’em all and apologies if your faves got left out.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Lol, Javale McGee is going to the Finals this year.

Quote of the Week: “If skateboarding ends today, you still have at least ten years worth of content about the good old days.” — Pryce Holmes

Shout out to ♥ Josh Velez and Torey Goodall ♥, two of my favorite skateboarders on this earth who celebrated birthdays in the past week. Love you guys xoxo.

A QS Skatepark Post: #BowlUpdate

October 4th, 2016 | 2:09 pm | Daily News | 2 Comments

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Photo via The Local Weather

After tweeting an apparently controversial statement re: the superiority of ledges to bowls, we hired a P.R. firm to do some damage control as to not alienate our transition-leaning audience. Our strategy became to boost the QS office’s annual concessions of skatepark coverage. The sentiment of those offended by the said tweet was “you’ll understand when you’re older,” so maybe its time for us to include more news items about transition obstacles four feet and under.

Illicit social media posts lead us to believe that the skatepark being built in place of the Fat Kid Spot is nearing completion. Some instructed to never stop hopping fences via Xenu have been doing so, giving us the first glimpse of a relatively #lowimpact park. It contains some otherwise scarce “straight [fucking] ledges” (a plus, considering they tore down some bust-free straight [fucking] ledges to create this place), and a bowl small enough to entice ledge skaters entering their twilight years. Remember, rock fakies on transition are the sole exception to the rule of the forbidden fourteen

[Prob important: Cops are giving trespassing tickets to anyone hopping the fence.]

This all comes after a year-plus delay of D.O.T. red tape. (I think some kids who started skating after they fenced off the Banks for bridge construction are pro already.) They built the new McCarren park in five hours, but put a skatepark under a bridge and it turns into Sagrada Familia. Shout out to the D.O.T. for having a sick logo though.

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Everybody Linking

July 25th, 2016 | 5:03 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

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Some cool rain would be cool right now.

Although it’s a lime green carbonated beverage puff piece a lot of the time, this 15-minute mini doc on Enrique Lorenzo on high grade steroids A.K.A. Tiago Lemos is a chill feel-good story to start your week off. If you don’t want to deal with the carbonated propaganda, Village Psychic just dropped a Tiago Lemos remix yesterday, using footage from We Are Blood and his past few parts.

HD video blog #22 from Johnny Wilson and Conor Prunty.

These videos are the best. Antosh and other Canadian boys in Europe.

A minute of #lowimpact Andrew Reynolds footage.

The Skateboarder’s Journal did an awesome interview with Mike Blabac about some of his most iconic Love Park photographs. Shout out to the era when shoeboxes had pro model specific designs. Definitely wish I kept some of those :( and also good God the frame on the Kalis Tre Flip™ before the one they actually ended up running

Seeing someone do a line where they walk up the five after the two-up-four-down at the Jersey City Post Office still gives me a fuzzy feeling on the inside. Shout out to one of the greatest little kid spots on the east coast.

Late on this but apparently somebody switch front blunted the Flushing grate?

There’s a good bit of vintage New York footage in this video for the upcoming Huf and Chocolate Keenan Forever collab + Ride interviews Huf, Gino and Steven Cales about some of their fondest Keenan memories. “He opened my eyes to [the fact] that there’s different types of people in the world, just respect everybody.”

Theories released a teaser for the Traffic video, due out later this year.

An extended interview with Patrick O’Dell about the evolution of Epicly Later’d.

Straight no comply into the Courthouse Drop, among other things in Shane Farber’s Gentleman’s Club part.

It’s a Boston video, but there’s a lot of New York footage. Jordan Rodrigues’ Gem part.

You can skate the backside for regular out ledge at Ziegfeld for now.

Well, this makes perfect sense re: the Fat Kid skatepark.

The last factory on earth that produces VCRs will cease production at the end of July.

Quote of the Week: “What happens at 4 P.M. in Calabasas, people go to the Cheesecake Factory?” — Roctakon