Godspeed, Avenue A San Loco

February 18th, 2014 | 7:27 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

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Gothamist is reporting that San Loco on Avenue A has shut its doors…

Everyone knows that San Loco was really just a step above Taco Bell, and that its contributions to drunk-at-3-A.M. culture surpassed its impact in skateboarding. However, it was a member of the Tompkins Day One pantheon. Even an institution like Mamani’s (which we now cannot imagine life without) hasn’t been there that long.

San Loco was the misleading springboard by which every California transplant judged New York’s Mexican food — even though it was the equivalent of judging the state of pizza in L.A. based on the nearest California Pizza Kitchen. It offered low cost margaritas for the T.F’s legions of summertime drunks who were too ashamed to be seen walking into Doc Holiday’s. “Oh, you’re going for a taco? Sure…” And above all, San Loco rode in solidarity with the hoards of freshmen that would arrive at Tompkins each September. Though they might’ve been shunned by locals for disregarding the the park’s unwritten rules, San Loco welcomed them with open arms via its $3 for two tacos and a drink with a student ID special. At least someone was in their corner.

Thank you San Loco. We hope you’re up there with Autumn reminiscing about the good old days. And consider the past two editions of Tompkins guides obsolete. Pour a margarita out on the curb.

2013 in T.F. Obstacles: #TFReport Special Edition

December 24th, 2013 | 8:55 am | Spot Updates | 8 Comments

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Ain’t worried about nothing, ridin’ through East 9th Street…

The T.F. solidified its legacy long ago. However, that does not mean it will maintain the same level of #relevance that it has enjoyed for the past decade-plus. Much like the social climate of the early 2000s forced the Brooklyn Banks to cede its status as the city’s prime skate spot to the T.F., that very same moment has been dawning on Tompkins for some time. Skateparks run New York; cramped spaces with ramps-to-rails have surpassed the value of flatground.

But is Tompkins ready to fade into the sunset? Definitely not. You can count of the first warm day of 2014 being a magical time. You can count on street debris being lugged here and contorted into borderline skateable obstacles for years to come. And you can sure count on plenty of East Village kids who have never been south of Rivington Street or north of Stuy-Town refusing to acknowledge that skateparks exist.

Here are the key developments that occurred at Tompkins Square Park in 2013, as told through the #tfreport tag on the ‘Gram. Apologies to anyone whose Instagram photo was stolen for this post (but not really…once you contribute to the #tfreport think tank, your image becomes public property.)

An Introduction to Tompkins Square Park: Second Edition

September 13th, 2013 | 5:26 am | Features & Interviews | 9 Comments

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Photo by Emilio Cuilan

In 2011, as an effort to assist freshmen new to New York, we published an introductory guide to Tompkins Square Park, the most popular “street” spot in the city and frequent victim of misinformation. Much like the textbooks you guys pay $900 a semester for, the 2011 text is in need of a new edition. New York skateboarding has changed these past two years, affecting the T.F. and forcing it to adapt to a new environment. We didn’t just scramble the pagination to squeeze an extra hundred bucks from you. No, unlike the textbook industry, we’re really trying to help.

According to recent reports, America is starting to understand the futility of a college degree. Sure, maybe ten-percent of degrees end up being useful, but given that skateboarders major in things that they could learn from YouTube tutorials, theirs often belong in the trash. If you’re a college attendee, there is a good chance that you will still be considering unpaid internships at 24 with a five-figure debt reminder in your mailbox each month. There’s no reason to make things worse by spending your college years as an outcast from the T.F. Make it easy by following these simple rules, and Tompkins will bless you with an education that no money could buy.

Tompkins Jam with B.A. & Friends on Thursday, 08/22

August 20th, 2013 | 12:21 pm | Daily News | 5 Comments

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Opting against the traditional skatepark route, Nike SB will utilize the greatest non-spot in skateboard history for its Brian Anderson shoe launch event on Thursday. Not since the enterprising days of the early-2000s has an actual skate company chose our beloved T.F. as the site of a major skate event (shout out to Leo Gutman #2003gameofskate.) There will be boxes, rails, a launch or two, and perhaps even a quarterpipe, an obstacle completely unfamiliar to Tompkins Square Park patrons in the modern T.F. era. Please note that this marks the first time more than two non-trash can obstacles will simultaneously occupy space at Tompkins since its heyday, so the significance of this event cannot be overstated.

Anyway, come celebrate the launch of the new Project B.A. shoe with Brian Anderson, Unlocking the Truth, and friends (and probably the Dunions) at Tompkins Square Park this Thursday, August 22nd, from 12 P.M. to 4 P.M. Food and refreshments will be provided for all those who cannot otherwise afford them.

Proper Pissed Links

August 6th, 2013 | 12:19 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Monday links on an unseasonably cool Tuesday. After happily spending two weeks away from a computer, some of this might be “old” by today’s internet standards. Bear with us as we get up to date.

Back from Europe. Congratulations to Torey and Ellie. We didn’t skate much out there, but this happened, which is better than any skateboard trick.

All outstanding webstore orders will be shipped in the next 24 hours. Shipping is back to normal. Buy some stuff, so the QS travel budget could begin to recoup.

Apparently, in our absence, a body got found in Tompkins, a new TF box got built, and some bar that people seemed to really like closed.

A large part of the reason we are contractually obligated to report Corey Rubin sightings is because he’s the only person we know who could murder a bowl in a QS shirt, thus fulfilling the website’s transition skating quota.

Frozen in Carbonite on the underrated Green Apple videos and “the Canadian Gino.”

Here’s Cathode in its entirety. Parts from Elijah Cole, Mike Powley, Bill Pierce and others. (Also, any info on when Solo Jazz goes online / for sale? Missed the premiere due to a wedding where the bride came out to Future “Turn on the Lights.”)

12th & A resurrected in bare bones form, the first pair of jeans that are possibly more bleached than Kalis and Wenning’s in The DC Video, and an insane boardslide down the Sunset Park 5-flat-9 rail (in the rain) in this Mango Milic and friends “Summer Trip to New York” clip.

One day, there will probably be a 5,000-word post on what “the new VX1000″ really is, but an iPhone with a 4:3 fisheye seems to be the leading candidate, minus the bi-monthly $500 repairs, obvs.

Some unearthed footage of Andre Page skating New Jersey in the nineties.

Red Bull Music Academy has a cool article about the making of Zoo York’s Mixtape. Though it’s a lot of standard “the nineties were the golden era” fare, there are some good interviews and tidbits in there.

Joe Cups found these skate photos from the eighties in the trash at RISD in 1997. One man’s trash is another man’s blog post.

Not sure how old this is, but Galen pointed out a cool skate theory article about spatial appropriation ‘n stuff 4 da nerdz who are into that sort of thing.

Contrary to a hasty, Instagram-sourced initial report, the BQE spot is not completely done. Here’s an updated video report.

Quote of the Week: “The weed fucked up his generics.” — Shawn Powers on Slicky Boy


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