Recession Special

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Even though everyone knows truth about hot dogs, we must bid a farewell to the 8th Street Gray’s Papaya. See, before the dollar slice boom of the late 2000s (pre-Mamani’s, Pre-Two Bros.), the familiar dilemma of skateboarding all day and trying to eat for under $4 was far more difficult. It was perfectly reasonable to skate crosstown from Tompkins to get the special at Gray’s. The kids have it way easier these days.

Less pertinent to skateboarding, but still a bummer: Miladys closed on Sunday :(

Jake Johnson pontificates on various issues over at the Cafe Creme blog.

If you’ve ever been to House of Vans, you know how absolutely insane this is.

Yet another recent Gino footage compilation. And here’s Boil the Ocean on “Gino’s most productive 14 months ever” and other developments from late 2013.

Polar has a Aaron Herrington mini clip on their Instagram.

The issue has been out for a few weeks, but Shawn Powers has a photo and blurb about him getting interrogated at Heathrow for six hours in the January Transworld. Also, the mostly in New York Dylan Reider interview photos are nuts. Kickflip up Fish Gap, front heel Bond Street, etc.

Kennedy Cantrell has a new part out for Iron Claw. Includes a Phil Rodriguez cameo. Is he the first one to hit all three of the five sets at the 27th Street crackhead park?

The raw footage of the Dane Burman Philly 5050 is wild.

Some Austin transplants skate in Bushwick on what looks like Puerto Rican Day, among other things. You have to admire a line at the new worst spot in New York A.K.A. Kent Step that doesn’t utilize the steps, too.

A video interview with Danny Supa, one of history’s greatest backside flippers. He talks about Dead End, Tree Fort, etc.

Here’s a brief HD bro cam edit from Johnny Wilson and friends.

Some throwaway footage from the Spam video. (Full video here.)

“Everyone that’s attractive seems to have some dolt boyfriend, or is literally made out of garbage.”

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Kris Humphries had a bad week.

Quote of the Week
Beer Drinker #1: “What’s up with these Coors Lights?”
Beer Drinker #2: “The ones on the right I just put in, the ones on the left are cold.”
Beer Drinker #1: “You think I don’t know how to look at the blue strip, motherfucker?”

It’s supposed to go all the way up to 51 degrees today! Have a good one.

Snack League

So, Waka Flocka released a video for “Lil’ Debbie.” The video and the song are disappointing from the perspective of this website, because the visuals / lyrics do little to live up to the title. In fact, the only mention of the snack cakes that the site is named after is “I get stupid cake, you can call me Lil’ Debbie.” One can only hope that a Lil’ Debbie diamond chain will eventually surface alongside the Fozzie bear one.

We are looking for a television network interested in adopting our idea for “Snack League” — a Tompkins Square Park based skateboard competition where New York’s greatest athletes (drunkenly) compete on three obstacles (a box, a trashcan, a yellow flatrail), with commentary from the nearby row of benches. The final round will be in the middle of the District Attorney office’s weekly softball game. Fuel TV, Fox Sports Net, ESPN, Turner Classic Movies, Oxygen Network, etc…you know where to find me.

With all due respect to Brandon Westgate, this website’s favorite skater with a proficiency for skating up things that go down and absurdly high obstacles is Luis Tolentino. Pause right before the pop on the last 5050, just to ballpark how high the ledge probably is.

The Gonz, Spike Jonze, and Bobby Worrest skating around downtown Manhattan.

Did you know there is a decent sidewalk bump across the street from 12th & A? (Technically on the 11th Street side.) Billy and Shawn Powers knew. They did some ninja stuff over it.

The black marble banks on 48th Street & Park Avenue (or what remained of them) are completely gone as of this weekend. Someone tell the city to give companies tax write-offs for donating marble to 12th & A instead of just hucking it into a dumpster.

Attention all broke skaters: Gray’s Papaya now serves dollar slices. Not only did they price themselves out of the “Broke Skater Diet” bracket once the “Recession Special” slowly rose from $2.45 to $5.00, but they sold out by offering pizza slices cheaper than their hot dog specialties. If the mafia controls cheese prices, thus contributing to the rise in cost of pizza, does it control the hot dog market too? Or do they just melt Polly-O string cheese on dollar slices, and circumvent the mafia entirely?

Not really sure if the Fish is still “relevant” in skateboarding, but the NYPD shut it down for “illegal sale of alcoholic beverages.” (That probably means it was open after 4 A.M.) Naturally, people started a petition to get it open again.

Quote of the Week:I went to see Paul Muni in Times Square and got blackout drunk…the only thing I remember is someone punching the Cookie Monster.” — Sweet Waste

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R.I.P. (Not the main) Gray’s Papaya

The 37th Street location was certainly not as important among skateboarders, considering there are basically no skate spots around 37th and 8th, making it real out of the way. But the demise of non-2 Bros. low-cost eating establishments is never a good thing, even if you make enough money (i.e. in excess of $50 a week) to sustain yourself on food that costs more than a single ride on the train. There’s a 2 Bros. up the block, so people’s preference of low-cost tomato sauce and cheese probably outweighed that of onions and pork, etc.