The 2013 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 25-21

December 5th, 2013 | 6:10 am | Features & Interviews | 9 Comments

25-Cellar Door

A.K.A. “The Events That Defined New York Skateboarding in 20__” Yeah, after three years, we figured that title might be a bit too wordy.

If you’ve been reading this website since at least last December, you know what’s going on here. If not, this is our concession to the internet’s annual list season, which we celebrate by chronicling the best bits of minutiae to occur in New York throughout the past year. Old editions — 2012: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2011: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2010: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2000s: 100-91, 90-81, 80-71, 70-61, 60-51, 50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-2, #1.

25. A Chinatown Laundromat Creates the Most Adorably Futile Skateboarder Deterrent Ever

Did these people really think that northeastern skateboarding’s most beloved obstacle would become less appealing if they scrawled on it in bright yellow broken English? Did they realize it would become the most oft-Instagrammed object in all of New York skateboarding this year? Though it is not among the ranks of New York’s most prominent cellar door spots, this Delancey Street laundromat likely had a frustrating year in understanding why their prohibitive paint job wasn’t working.

Forrest Green in the Warmest Color

November 25th, 2013 | 1:25 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

tompkins morning

None of those leaves are on the trees anymore :( Photo by Emilio Cuilan.

Pls buy a shirt 2 show us u care thx.

A brief, McFeely-heavy montage of Solo Jazz leftovers.

Some psychos and parts from Cyrus Bennett, Jacob Gottlieb, Genesis Evans, Adrian Vega and Jason Byoun in Looney Bin, the new LurkNYC project due out next month.

Skaters Atlas makes the case for Stuttgart, Germany being one of the more underrated European skate destinations in their latest installment. Stripper empowerment anthems seem like an odd choice or European skate montages though. (P.S. Rich Homie Quan beat Juicy J in his own game by composing the best mildly feminist strip club song of 2013.) You can’t judge herrrrrrrrrr.

Reda reveals who threw the mystery water in Chomp On This. How did we all forget to include Reda’s part (see #4) in the “Best Parts of 2000s” discussion from a week ago?

Someone made an edit of only the Dylan Reider footage from Huf’s Euro tour video.

Teenagers ripping around New York in Clipstack, a new 30-minute video with a bunch of people you’ll recognize from Tompkins.

Congrats to Zered on his new Transworld cover and to Tyshawn Jones for his first coverage in a skate mag.

An interview with the guys behind RAW, one of the east’s better small brands.

Wade Fyfe has a few New York clips in his new promo for Studio Skateboards.

Shout out to anyone who has seen the Watermelon videos. Lil’ Chris grew up. 2nd Nature and the Watermelon man are also throwing a best trick contest at the 2nd Nature park on Saturday. Flyer here. Lil’ Chris is probably going to win.

This news might affect .00001% of the people who check this website (i.e. those who are better at skating than a Peruvian five-year-old), but the 58th Street white hubba is now knobbed.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Jared Dudley’s Harlem Globetrotter assist was chill. Also, despite growing up hating the Bulls, one can’t help but think the basketball gods’ newfound cruelty towards Chicago is getting ridiculous.

Quote of the Week:
White Girl Leaving Brunch in the West Village #1: “It’s insane. It’s just insane”
White Girl Leaving Brunch in the West Village #2: “I’m not gonna lie, it’s insane.”
White Girl Leaving Brunch in the West Village #3: “I know, it’s so insane.”

Thanks to anyone who bought some gear. Your package should arrive this week.

Kids Today, Man

February 4th, 2013 | 3:43 pm | Daily News | 22 Comments

money team

“Money Crew,” no Mayweather

With the reminder that 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ album just reached the ten-year mark since its release, people past their teenage years were all given cause to feel old today. Well, here’s another reason for life to flash before your eyes: Tyshawn Jones and Frankie Spears’ part in the 2012 Schleyer Video. (Note: Tyshawn Jones was three-years-old when Get Rich or Die Tryin’ came out.) Though the video is recent, a lot of the footage is already past history, at least when considering the rate at which kids in their early teens film these days. Anticipate west coast excursions that have yet to be released in video form.

Also, did T.J. pass the hypothetical “First New Yorker With Backside Noseblunt Down Handrail Capabilities” benchmark? (“New Yorker” in a five boroughs definition — Long Islanders and New Jerseyians don’t count as otherwise it would be a concession to the widely accepted theories of Chris Nieratko and Ian Reid regarding the origins of the best New York skaters.) Either way, both of these kids are really good, in a way that only recently-born skaters can be.

D’s come, we dump the diesel in battery acid.”

Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2012 | 2:57 am | Footage | 17 Comments

east 73rd st

Merry Christmas everybody. Here’s our annual mostly midtown / Christmas light footage / non-rap clip. Comes complete with two backpack lines and more tricks on three/four stair handrails than ever before. “I done seen everything today!”

In case you guys didn’t know, during annual Christmas music research for this clip, the fact that the Ying Yang Twins have a Christmas album came to light. Needless to say, it’s incredible. At least for the first minute or so. (Here’s another good one.)

Features: Alexander Mosley, Black Dave A.K.A. Black Santa, Tyshawn Jones, TJ’s homie (sorry for not getting your name), Gavin Nolan, Eli Reed, Josh Velez, Ritch Swain, Roctakon, Pad Dowd, Ty Lyons, Tyler Tufty, Dustin Eggeling, Keith Denley, Sweet Waste, Pryce Holmes, Pat Edge, Torey Goodall, Brendan Carroll, Matthew Mooney, Jack Sabback, Kevin Tierney, Brian Clarke, and Andre Page.

Contributing filmers: Joe Bressler, Jeff Ricker, Andre Page, Josh Velez. Thank you.

Alternate YouTube Link. Just an FYI for mobile users: YouTube will *not* play the video on iPhones, etc. because of third party content (i.e. uncleared music.) It should, however, work on Vimeo. YouTube poorly words their disable notice by making it seem like the uploader is preventing it for mobile playback as opposed to the company who owns the music.

This is the eighth one. In case you haven’t been keeping up, here are some relevant links to past Christmas clips: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.

William Strobeck for Supreme: “buddy”

June 11th, 2012 | 3:49 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

“I used to smoke a little crack every now and then.”
“Hey, I used to, too. It’s not a big deal.”

There’s never a shortage of weirdos willing to have cameos in Bill’s clips. Crackheads (see below), unlikely financial advisors, John the Baptist, and (hopefully one day) l*ngb**rders dressed as snowboarders rank among the memorable appearances. Below is a new clip for Supreme, featuring Jason Dill and the 13-year-old Tyshawn Jones (he’s a lot better than he was in his last publicly available batch of footage from last September.) Made by William Strobeck for Supreme New York.

Updated with a YouTube version: