W.T.T.B: Watch the Tompkins Bench

August 8th, 2011 | 9:05 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

“New York is a hellhole, and you know how I feel about hellholes.” — Homer Simpson

Frozen in Carbonite on hypothetical “Song of the Summer” / “Video Part of the Summer” combinations. Surprisingly, that Katy Perry song hasn’t received much burn in New York. Or we’re just not hitting da club enough. Kelly’s getting the month early S.O.T.S. vote, but slow jams might actually be disqualified from that category altogether. (We cannot vote for anything involving Rick Ross or Drake.)

New part from Javier Sarmiento and Jesus Fernandez. It may not be up there with this certified masterpiece (described by Charles Lamb as a guide to all the right tricks to do in street skateboarding), but any new footage from that duo is always welcome.

The Japan-based Lafayette crew visited New York a while back and put together these two clips. Cameos from Rob Campbell, Joseph Delgado, and Akira, wearing a neon-tinged contender for skate outfit of the year.

An interview with the infamous Shaggy. Be sure to pick up issue #8 of Handjob Sk8 Zine next time you cruise by Union. He’ll be there.

They’re building an amazing new plaza on Roosevelt Island. Fantasize now, cry when it opens. Just like the Seaport.

After the Snackman logo was snubbed in Complex‘s list of the 50 greatest skate logos, it was a pleasure to see the homies at Transworld sporting our renown emblem in their latest “Back Cover Breakdown” video.

Loose Trucks Max footage, intoxicated quarterpipe-to-fire sessions, standout tracks from Juicy J’s Rubberband Business 2 (Mixtape of the Summer?), and anything else you may need to get psyched for the last month of summer:

Spot Updates: 1 – The St. John’s Hospital Banks on Queens Boulevard have been blocked off for construction (thanks to Tracy for the tip.) 2 – They decided that the Grace Ledge was too good of a skate spot, so they threw it back under construction. 3 – A spot that many little kids held dear to their hearts, the Water Street “S” Gap, has been torn down. Taji is reportedly putting together a 20-minute retrospective for VBS. Fifteen years later, Huf’s ollie up 360 flip in the Mixtape credits is still the best trick to go down on it.

Quote of the Week:I was at Ruth’s Chris in Midtown, and some lady got into an argument with them because she couldn’t put an $80 steak on her EBT card.” — Spring Street’s Second-in-Command, Fat Billy

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7-Eleven

July 11th, 2011 | 9:48 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

The City College hubba is a wrap. Thanks to Julian for the tip. In commemoration, above is Judaism’s second finest athlete (second to Amare Stoudemire), Danny Weiss, performing a backside 5050 on the now defunct ledge in 2004. Photo by Jeremy Cohan. Got to love how gigantic it looks there.

And it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t acknowledge the fall that may or may not have been responsible for one of rap music’s most unfortunate careers.

Who’s trying to do one of these in Midtown?

Transworld hooked Yaje up with a wallpaper a few weeks ago. One of the finest front feeblers working in skateboarding today.

Bill Strobeck put together a new clip for Quiksilver, in the form of a diptych combining art footage, a few skate tricks, and some presumably marijuana-infused ramblings about pizza slices. It has been a love-or-hate sort of affair. (28 likes, 21 dislikes.)

Finally found a good quality, full version of the Jason Dill “Day in the Life” from 411 #61. It was voted the 93rd most important event in New York skateboarding throughout the 2000s, mostly due to its fashionable neglect of car ownership, its affinity for coffee, and the Gizmo cameo. We’re going to speak with our production department on getting a Matthew Mooney and Jason Dill joint day in the life done for 2011.

Everyone knows the new Grace Ledge plaza was remodeled by skateboard hating sadists, but it’s just getting ridiculous now. They put a row of metal benches in the far back corner on 43rd Street.

It was a pretty honorable move on behalf of the Palace crew when they stopped making PWBC segments just as they peaked in popularity, but they might need to come out of retirement just for the sake of incorporating this video into an episode.

Wish we had Wawa in New York instead of 7-11, but 7-11 had sick commercials in the seventies.

Quote of the Week
FedEx Security Guard: “No skateboarding.
Inquisitive Gentleman: “Oh, but that crackhead sitting over there screaming is cool?
FedEx Security Guard: “Yes, that’s our policy.
Midtown is clearly more fond of drug use than skateboarding.

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4th of July Links

July 4th, 2011 | 9:35 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

‘We had three garbage bags full of fireworks. We got through one before the cops showed up.’ — Sweet Waste AKA Black Boy White Boy

We’ve been optimistic about the possibility of Brick Squad Skateboards for a minute now. Birdman beat Gucci to the punch (clearly, it’s difficult to start a skateboard imprint from jail), and dropped a line of YMCMB decks. It would be interesting to know which board production house got hit off with the order on these, and if they got paid with the title to a 2008 Escalade, or sexual favors from a Nicki Minaj stunt double.

This spot was pretty cool when it was around. What the hell did they expect when they built it, a crowd of sunbathers?

Bring back Big Apple Skate.

A.skate, a foundation dedicated to teaching kids with autism how to skateboard, is looking for volunteers to help with a clinic at House of Vans next Sunday (July 10) from 12 to 4 P.M. Register on their website and contribute to a great cause.

In the event that you were looking for a safe bet, low-bust ledge spot in Midtown, you should know that Breezy Ledges is under scaffolding, and temporarily unskateable. On the opposite end of things, has anyone skated Paine Webber in 2011 yet? They have some Indian security guard there now who takes his job way too seriously. Security agencies really need to sit these dudes down and go, “Listen, your sole function is to kick out skateboarders, you’re not saving people’s lives here.”

Not to advocate criminal and ignorant behavior, but skateboarders could hypothetically adopt this method to further our cause in successfully skating two-second busts like the Fuji building, the Fifth Avenue Apple store, Lincoln Center, etc. Turn every spot into an overcrowded skatepark until the riot police show up.

One of skateboarding’s greatest party parts…Brad Johnson in Western Edition’s Did It video. The sort of part you put on before you go skate knowing you’re gonna hit da club after you get your trick. More people need to do frontside 5-0 front shove outs. (Switch and regular.)

“In your white tee shirt or a three piece suit…It don’t matter what you wear, all that matters is who you with.”

Some bootleggers out in Singapore made a fake Supreme shirt with Ty on it. They didn’t try too hard to pass it off as real.

T-Bird came through with a 4th of July dance mix for you to get buck to.

Quote of the Week:

Like everyone else, we gave up on Myspace in 2006, but thank you to everyone who helped us reach 2,000 fans on Facebook. Now on to 3,000. Even bigger thanks if you follow us on Twitter too.

“Hottest in the city and never did a Gangsta Grillz.”

September 25th, 2010 | 10:34 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

Saturday links, etc.

Ari Marcopoulos dropped another book, entitled “Stoopz.” It is hard to tell how much of it is recycled from the previous, partially skate-related release, “Out & About,” which for those who don’t know, is a treasure trove of Kids-era New York skate photography, in addition to a great archive of eighties hip-hop images. Some of the preview images seem recycled, others seem brand new, so it might be right in between. You can check out the quick video of him flipping though the pages here. Either way, if you have the forty bucks to spend, it might be a worthwhile purchase so you can hold on to a piece of the past. And if you haven’t figured it out, the above photo is from the very same book.

While on the topic of still images, Zoo has a pretty good post of Sean Cronan’s photography, with some solid background info write-ups about some images from the State of Mind filming days.

The homie from Boil the Ocean is back on his grind, providing articulate write-ups on the state of skateboard videos and other projects that have been eclipsed by the most handsome skateboarder’s magnum opus.

Remember that post about the Grace Ledge a while back? Well, given that the place is plastered with “Grace Plaza Re-Opening 2011” signs, you can forget about any sort of renovations occurring there that might spare the beloved white ledges.

If you haven’t familiarized yourself with it already, you should be watching this Nate Rojas AKA “Mars Attacks” part from the Film Me video. It’s basically a southern California-esque part done in New York. The best tricks are the ollie through the rail at 101 Park Ave / Concrete Heaven and the tricks on the CBS rail, which still stands as one of the best looking spots on the eastern seaboard. We run an old-fashioned operation over here so we may be alone in that opinion though. Although most people around here abide by the “If you can’t jump up it, don’t jump down it” mantra, this part is good enough to get anyone psyched to huck themselves down a twelve-stair, assuming you’re genuinely capable of doing such an absurd feat.

A Day in the Life of Matthew Mooney. Billed as a “realistic” day in the life of a New York skateboarder, you should take the portion where he gets up at 8 PM with a box of salt.

Quote of the Week:Like, you know how everyone rides Indy’s irregardless of their official truck sponsor? I’m still hoping that Dylan just threw an Analog patch over some Dior jeans, because if he looks that good in bona-fide factory gear, then all hope is truly lost.” – Ted Barrow

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One Less Chance at Becoming Famous

June 13th, 2010 | 7:52 pm | Daily News | 9 Comments

A grim forecast for everyone’s favorite Sixth Avenue ledge over stairs. This thing was always a death trap on the low, but it is one less chance at scoring yourself a magazine cover before retirement. But who the hell knows what they’re doing, the wall’s only around the ledge, not the rest of the plaza nevermind, the wall’s around everything in the plaza except some of the open space, so all signs tend to indicate a full on renovation of the plaza.

More photos after the jump.

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