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Things for Monday that may be of some interest to you.

Christian Hosoi was recently at the House of Vans in Greenpoint for a commemorative skate jam held in light of the Autumn Bowl’s demise. Taji put together a “Taj Cam” clip of the evening, and Billy has a more candid iPhone clip involving pastrami sandwiches and car rides.

The scaffolding is gone at IBM Ledge. They also kept the planters away from the ledge, so there is a lot more space to hit it if you are heading backside for regular / frontside for goofy.

Speaking of skate spots, if you have been skating Midtown on a regular basis for over a year, you are probably aware that almost everything becomes an unforgiving bust in the period between a few weeks before Thanksgiving, all the way through the new year, due to the heightened security presence meant to give directions to tourists and kick you out. That basically means Ziegfeld is a total bust right now, with a special guard posted up there for all previously skate-friendly hours. Consider yourself lucky if you got more than ten minutes there these past two weeks. This night was fun though.

Quiksilver Canada trip clip by Pryce Holmes. Filmed on Super 8 and the very same Sony Handycam that was fortunate enough to be used for this website’s greatest contribution to the cinema. Features Torey Goodall, Alex Olson, and Pat O’Rourke. You can catch the first clip from the trip here.

Reasons you should watch this John Wisdom for Ready Amongst the Willing clip: 1. He skates to what’s probably the best song off Liquid Swords, which is saying a lot. 2. He skates in camo pants. 3. The skateboarding is really, really good.

Here is a re-edit of Luis Tolentino’s footage from the past year or so that has surfaced in various commercials, web clips, etc. Edited by Eli Gesner. Probably the closest thing to a full part from Luis in recent memory. Luis is one of New York’s finest athletes, and more than just high ollies. He has always ripped, and here’s his section from Flipmode 4 as a reminder. The trick at Pyramid Ledges may very well supersede many of the other, ledge-related endeavors accomplished there. How one does an ollie going down an incline over something very high, and nestled between two narrow brick pillars boggles the mind to this very day.

Belief Skateshop is holding a contest at the new Astoria skatepark on this coming Sunday (the 28th.) Flyer here.

Quote of the Week:It might be funny when you get hit by a car, but not when you get run over by one.” – Rob Campbell

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“I had no idea the Bronx was under a tornado watch last night. Neither did this guy.”

Most people who make it onto field level on a regular basis are typically in the upper income bracket. And when the rain starts pouring (figuratively and literally), Lakers fan syndrome quickly sets in and they scurry off to their Towncars / BMWs and rush out of the Bronx. But occasionally, there is a drunken degenerate who works for prominent expensive tee shirt distributors, and who spends his free time filming skate clips for websites named after Little Debbie snack cakes, that breaks through the boundaries and makes it into the distant high-brow land of field level seats, thugs it out through nine innings of being soaked and leaves with a Blackberry that’s no longer under warranty due to rain damage.

Transworld ran a quick day-in-the-life-esque video of Eli Reed skating around the Lower East Side and sitting around the much beloved, Troll Triangle AKA La Esquina Park that has quickly grown into the number one sightseeing location in Lower Manhattan. Day-in-the-life clips need more lines like the one at the Popeye’s Ledge. They’d all be a lot more entertaining to watch that way.

Slappy Cove > The Courthouse Drop. If you like art, and are a part of the Slappy Cove coalition, Rob made a clip for you.

Hollywood trying to pretend like he’s not Hollywood. Anyone who spends the winter in or around Hollywood, is Hollywood. No one should be mad at it though, because everyone in New York wishes they could spend the winter eating good Mexican food in seventy degree weather.

The IBM Ledge is currently blocked off with scaffolding. New York likes being really indecisive with scaffolding, so you’ll either be able to skate it by mid-Fall, or you can start school in the Fall, get a PhD, and still not be able to skate it when you graduate.

If you’re still under eighteen, and into jumping over stuff, it may behoove you to know that the NYU gap got blocked off with a fence. There’s a gate there, and the gate isn’t locked, so you can still skate it.

Deathbowl to Downtown is playing up at Maysles Cinema on 127th and Lenox in Harlem on Wednesday, July 28th. It has been out on DVD for a minute, but runs for around $25-30, so seeing it once on a big screen up there might be worth a trip. It really should’ve been discussed or at least reviewed around here when it dropped, especially for how many times there have been complaints about the constantly post-poned release dates, but whatever. See it yourself and figure it out. The event page is over here. They’re doing some sort of demo with Shut, Zoo, and 5Boro at Lenox followed by a Harold Hunter tribute at the theater the following day as well.

For something that’s the finest news institution in the county, if not the world, The New York Times is so stupid sometimes.

It’s been a slow week, as you probably noticed by the two almost concurrent random links posts, but I’ve gotten caught up on importing footage, so hopefully there should be some actual videos on here soon.

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