Rest in Peace Junk Spot

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Photo by Jersey Dave

Since maybe ~2010, the entire Jersey City skate scene gyrated around the Liberty State Park Junk Spot. Even for such a rapidly developing city, there were no plazas or street spots that didn’t come with a two-second kick out. The Junk Spot was hassle-free and tucked away from everything. Over the past year, the builds there reached a new level — to the point where nearly every corner of the spot was receiving some sort of transition (e.g. check what it looked like in 2011 @ the 0:50 mark.) All of that ended last week when construction crews arrived and demolished the spot.

(Someone will inevitably bring up that this area is getting a skatepark next year, but I’ll spare you any sort of #core speech about how it’s not the same bro.)

Ron Deily had been working on this all-Junk Spot part for the past summer with Jersey Dave. The intention was to release it in a few weeks after a couple more days of filming, but obviously, that can no longer happen.

Thanks to all the guys who made the spot possible. It was fun.

Filmed / edited by Jersey Dave. Guest trick from Matt Daniels. HD footage contributed by Devon Hill. Thanks to NJ Skateshop for the support :)

Jersey City is Getting a Proper Concrete Skatepark

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A few days late on this, whatever.

And look, Tony, dude, I’m sorry I linked that soundbyte of Tas Pappas telling you to fuck off on Monday.

As per an announcement several days ago, Jersey City was awarded a $25K grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, which facilitates the construction of a public skatepark in a zone with “at-risk youth.” The park will be a part of the Berry Lane Park development off Communipaw Avenue. Berry Lane is less than a ten-minute skate away from the current site of the Jersey City junk spot, and near the Garfield Avenue Light Rail station. Considering most sections of the neighborhood currently look like this, it’s quite an upgrade. Can’t tell where inside the park the skatepark is though.

We’ll leave the pontificating re: skateparks “homogenizing style” or whatever to the Slap boards and interviews about “the state of skateboarding.” We’ve eased up on skatepark-averse news coverage these past five years. Jersey City isn’t a prime example of forward-thinking recreational space, so prior to this week, this looked like it would’ve been in endless limbo. Skaters in Jersey City have subsided on the Rink and their D.I.Y. spot for the past half-decade, without much else to skate hassle-free. This is the first concrete park in a major city in New Jersey (edit: disregard that, Elizabeth had a concrete park for a few years); it’s absurd it has taken this long.

This is a win-win for everyone. The park is slated to open by the end of 2015. Much respect to all the people who lobbied for the park and made it happen :)

P.S. Not to downplay the contribution by people at the Hawk Foundation whatsoever, but how insane is it that a baseball foundation gives them $173.5k for lights and a scoreboard?

Lights and a scoreboard. $173.5K. Who, like, even plays baseball anymore?

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In Front of These Delis Eating Cannolis

Lurker “The Guy Who Ruined Skateboarding” Lou crooked grinds a flatscreen. (Related: Kevin Tierney 5-0ed a tube TV last year.) Photo via Zered Bassett’s Instagram.

T.F. Report: Labor Skateshop’s recent gift to the Tompkins community has temporarily been re-located to Avenue D for unknown reasons.

“Just like skaters, tennis dudes obsess over the most minute details of their ‘setups,’ like the type of nylon with which they string their racquets, the tape with which they grip their handles, shoes, all that shit.” — Frozen in Carbonite with a Freudian shoe review of the Nike SB Challenge Court that expands on skate/tennis parallels mentioned by Gino Iannucci, among other things.

There is a Torey Goodall interview in the new issue of Grey Skate Mag.

Yes! Skateboarding gets it right! November 19: A Twitter inquiry is made as to whether or not someone has skated to Ginuwine / Timbaland’s “Pony,” in expectance of an obvious “No.” November 23: The winner of a Manny Santiago re-edit contest coincidentally re-edits his part to…Ginuwine, “Pony.” Thank you David Jojola.

The New York Times profiled Supreme last week. They predictably chose an awful headliner photo. Also related: Have you guys heard about Supreme’s collaboration with Apple? Their limited run of custom MacBooks start at $999,995.

What a horrible last name.

Some young’ns up in Vancouver and Calgary made a sick twenty-minute skate video entitled “Serenity Now,” and edited to ignorance. Even QS has yet to a reach a point where clips are edited to Tyga. “You never could compete with Lloyd Braun!”

“Summer in New York” clips continue emerge even with nightly lows below thirty degrees. “Escape From New York” comes complete with a brief Snake Plissken nod. (There is no reason why Roc Marciano shouldn’t join Big L and Jeru the Damaja in the ranks of go-to music to edit New York skate clips to. “Paid for the necklace and ate breakfast.”)

New footage from the Jersey City rink spot that looks old due to #VHS.

The Muska is back on the board. Well, sort of. Will club scenes in skate clips be a part of #trendwatch2013?

Quote of the Week: “White folks don’t know about Peanut Chews. That’s candy for old black men. My father and his father ate those. Y’all [white people] just have Hersey Kisses in your houses.” — Josh Velez

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: JAAAVVVAAALLLEEE MMMCCCGGGEEE!!! (And Kenneth Faried and Andre Miller and Corey Brewer.)


Pretty Sweet DVDs supposedly come out tomorrow. Anyone have info on which shops will have copies? (Miss you, Autumn.)

4 Young Jeezy Albums > 4 Years of College

It’s chill that Jeezy chose to cash out at the best slice spot in Manhattan, out of all places.

Given the tremendous momentum of the #phatstylez movement, the QS Fashion Desk will slowly be streamlined into a dedicated Phat Stylez website. Until that happens, you can browse recent happenings in the world of Phat Stylez through the movement’s Instagram tag.

A bunch of Swedes took a trip to New York in 1998, and uploaded the 15-year-old video of their journey online. Features a backside flip over the Trump Tower six rail from the illustrious Geo Moya, mad Rhythm cargo pants (#phatstylez?), and too many reasons to tear up over long-gone spots. Shout to the Broadway Bump.

Skateboarders are essential for our cities — From a lecture by Iain Borden, the director of architectural history and theory, delivered at University College London.”

“Kelly Green Wave Rider” is an iPhone clip featuring Zered Bassett, Joey Pepper, Sweet Waste, Gangsta Boo, and a modern rendition of Mark Morrison’s 1996 masterpiece.

With a few more Jordan-inspired skate shoes coming out these days, which skate shoe company is going to be the first to re-imagine the Ewing 33 Hi?

The Grove Street PATH station in Jersey City seems pretty trife these days. This same thing probably happened 10 times over this past weekend after that awful St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Tyga Held At Gunpoint In Canada & Forced To Dance To ‘Rack City?’” Already the news headline of the year. But it kept getting better: “It was funny to see Tyga dancing with his doggie bag under his arm. While Tyga was dancing he said ‘Oh my god, what’s going on.'”

Four years ago, Dobbin Block, New York’s most notorious skate house, uploaded a trailer for their upcoming video project. Many assumed its production had been marred by alcohol and other familiar trappings of New York. We feared it would never be released. Well, several inside sources revealed that the finished product is upon us, and set for release this month. Revisit the original Useless Times trailer below.

Future’s “Gone To The Moon” = Nina Simone cover? Sick.

Previously: Dobbin Block 2011 Flip Cam, “New footage” edit from 2006, Dobbin does Flushing, Dobbin 2010 4th of July.

Quote of the Week:


It’s going to be 60 on Wednesday, and 65 on Thursday. Quit your job, cut school, etc.

A Chronicle of the $150 Chinese iPhone

In 20 easy steps.

1. Pull over to a gas station just outside the Holland Tunnel.

2. Get approached by a man with a bunch of obscure silver coins yelling “YO MAN, YOU COLLECT VINTAGE COINS?!?!?!!?”

3. Have him introduce himself as “BLAM BLAM THE WATCH MAN.”

4. Mention you don’t collect vintage coins.

5. “WHAT DO YOU NEED THEN? I GOT ROLEXES, MOVADOS.”

6. Mention you don’t need a Rolex or Movado from a guy at a Jersey City gas station.

7. “WHATCHU NEED THEN?”

8. “I don’t need anything.”

9. “I GOT IPHONES MAN. IPHONE 4, THE NEW JOINT.”

10. Out of curiosity, ask how much he’s selling an iPhone for.

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