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15. Astor Renovation
Two years ago, we lost a zen-like intersection of flatground that intertwined with all vibrant walks of life — the greatest non-spot in this history of skateboarding. It was, however, replaced with actual skateable obstacles this year: decent-enough beveled benches, a gap that replicated BAM’s ledge-to-street gap, and a Flushing-width flatground gap that Jason Byoun switch Muska flipped. The spot’s original meditative qualities dissolved into cement fairy dust, but at least it’s something to skate for now, even if the overall aesthetic of the new Astor Place is “we ran out of money.”
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In 2016’s edition of the always wonderful “Song of the Summer x Part of the Summer” series, Frozen in Carbonite stumbled on a name for a #trend that has appeared in a good bit of this year’s footage: the notion of “heritage spots.”
There are a multitude ways to be nostalgic. Some fondly tell yarns of the past, remembering the wild days of to-go margaritas being consumed in public, and bust-free, straight [fucking] ledges existing in lower Manhattan. Others spend their precious years on earth leaving comments about how Lil’ Wayne ruined hip-hop on YouTube videos. More and more skaters are winking at the past via fashion; outlets like Vintage Sponsor have made a name for themselves by trafficking in garms from skateboarding’s sartorial lineage. Our more talented colleagues time travel through tricks nobody is supposed to do anymore, via the darkslide, pressure flip or street grab’s increasing presence in modern videography.
A new form of loving past eras has recently began to take form. In the past nine months, the following events have occurred in New York:
1. Pyramid Ledges has been unknobbed for the first time since 2010, ending the longest drought the spot has experienced since the building first began skateblocking it in the early 2000s.
It has long been a speculative topic among the Quartersnacks lunchroom — how widespread is our readership throughout the New York City Global International Party Park Headquarters Office HQ? Do they read up on feedback as to how well their latest skate deterrents are deterring? Do they check QS for tips to inspire their latest rout of hate crime and fun-crushing? Or are they all simply traitorous masochists who love to see non-caged skateboarding fail, kind of how at least 20% of the 12 Oz Prophet forum probably works in law enforcement, or how the turncoat who invented knobs and sold them to Republicans was actually once a skateboard rider?
Now we know, and boy, do they have a sense of humor!
In perhaps the largest act of “really?” in skate deterrent history, the New York City Parkological Society flattened the two smudges in the ground that Max Palmer, Dick Rizzo, Vincent Touzery, et al. mistook for “bumps” last calendar year. What else is there to do but sit back in awe, and admire the utter insanity? Even the absolute vodka worst spot in New York City is not safe from the wrath of liability-weary meanies who sport a leaf on their uniforms — even though deep down inside, they loathe the sun and all the glorious creatures that celebrate life below its beams.
BUT, as we all know is well and true according to the digital Gospel of Jeffrey, “when you die, somebody else is born” — or in this case, REBORN, and we’re living in liberated Pyramid Ledge society for the first time since 2010. Thanks Obama.
Here’s an outtake that got scrapped from the Quartersnacks book, which runs down all the finest achievements at Pyramid. Might be useful as a crash course for anyone looking to add to its storied history before the inevitable happens again.
Probably not, because it’s the sort of thing that happens on a fifty-percent frequency level. As you probably already discerned, Pyramid Ledges has been skatestopped, for like maybe the third time this year. (Photo is from earlier this week, since there’s really no urgency to report this sort of thing.) Just in case you were trying to backside lipslide up it this weekend, but then again, this weekend probably isn’t the best one to be going downtown with the heightened security and everything.
Why doesn’t the next person who de-knobs it just fill the crack with quick-crete or something else, which would both 1) fix the crack, and 2) fill the space where the knob is with a substance that would make it difficult for them to re-knob it.
Pyramid Ledges got knobbed again. Let’s see how long this takes…
Update — 05/23/10: The frontside for regular / backside for goofy one has apparently been de-knobbed.