In Absentia: The Newport Remix

October 10th, 2014 | 1:58 am | Time Capsule, Video & Remixes | 9 Comments

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After yesterday’s #controversial post, it felt necessary to quell the tension and focus on the waterfront utopia that existed on the opposite side of Manhattan island, some fifteen years ago.

Jim Hodgson was generous enough to lend us all the Newport footage from his In Absentia series for this QS remix. Out of all the romanticism that surrounds east coast skateboarding, the Love Park / City Hall / Photosynthesis era carries the most weight. These wooden blocks on the East River waterfront were New York’s concurrent answer to what was going on 100 miles south on I-95 at that time. The baggy carpenter jeans, bulky shoes (be on the lookout for D3s), steadyshot turned off, and above all, the first-ever sight of advanced technical skateboarding within New York City limits remain points of nostalgia for all late-nineties / early-2000s skate nerds. Consider it the video companion to July’s “History of Skateable Seaport” post.

Also, let this stand as a prime example of how easy-to-solve the issue of skateable space in New York is: A few wooden blocks with metal affixed to them, and we’re still talking about it a decade-and-a-half later. It’s not that hard. You don’t need California Skateparks to figure that one out.

Features Bobby Puleo, Albie, Mike Wright, German Nieves, Andy Bautista, Rodney Torres, Brian Wenning, Anthony Pappalardo. Filming by Jim Hodgson.

P.S. While on the topic of 90s-themed QS remixes: This past summer, a prominent Danish skateboarder told me that his “favorite video part” was the Quim Cardona QS remix. He was probably just trying to be nice, because, like, why wouldn’t the Non Fiction part be your favorite if you’re going that route? — but in any event, I always felt bad about the aspect ratio being f’ed up in that clip, so we fixed for 4:3 viewing over on Vimeo. For that guy, and all others. Have a good weekend.

Quartersnacks Celebrates the Decade: Volume 10

December 31st, 2009 | 4:36 am | Features & Interviews | 17 Comments

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Hopefully you didn’t expect the most important event in New York City skateboarding history of the past ten years to be lumped in with everything else. All but one…

Quartersnacks Celebrates the Decade: Volume 6

December 27th, 2009 | 4:20 pm | Features & Interviews | 9 Comments

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Halfway through and still rolling strong…

Quartersnacks Celebrates the Decade: Volume 3

December 22nd, 2009 | 5:36 pm | Features & Interviews | 7 Comments

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Keeping it going, eighty-one, eighty…

There Will Be Blog

October 18th, 2008 | 4:10 pm | Daily News | 12 Comments

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According to the gentlemen from the 7th precinct, Astor Place, in the form that it has been beloved for over twenty years, will soon be altered forever. Some asshole in the city’s public works / parks department had a brilliant idea to put a bunch of sand all over the middle of the street, throw some benches and planters on top of it, and distinctly position these excuses for public spaces in the middle of the street. They already re-did the entire middle of the street areas by the Flatiron building (you could see the sandboxes for grownups to left of this picture, and from an aerial view, also to the left.) Well, Astor place is soon to fall victim to this unbridled act of stupidity. The entire Astor throughway, on the southern end of the cube, relative to 8th Street is going to be closed off and turned into a public park so a bunch of scumbags paying overpriced rent could sit there and drink coffee.

The History of Skate Shoes

Although this has the typical cringe-inducing outsider perspective on skateboarding that seems like it was previously written about some drunk daredevil who jumped gorges in the southwest, The New York Times published an article on Van Wastell.

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Police Informer posted the original article that accompanied the history of New York write-up from Strength Magazine back in 1996. Features the best olden-days New York photos you’ll ever see.

They also wanted to know what happened to Mike Wright. To answer: he’s at Virgin Megastore across from Union Square selling his footage tape and “I Skate NY” shirts. In the words of Harold Hunter, “My man is thirsty, son.

Quote of the Week:I talk to Thando all the time on iChat. He’s always lying there on his bed with his shirt off.” – Danny Weiss
Ayyyyoooo” – Miles Marquez
You heard me.” – Danny Weiss