And so we continue on our path, ninety-one, ninety…
Quartersnacks Celebrates the Decade – The 100 Most Important Events in New York City Skateboarding from 2000 to 2009: 100 to 91, 90 to 81, 80 to 71, 70 to 61, 60 to 51, 50 to 41, 40 to 31, 30 to 21, 20 to 11, 10 to 2, Number one.
90. Kerel Roach’s Alphabet City part is released – 2004:
Kerel’s heelflip heavy debut video part was single-handedly the most anticipated part by a New Yorker for the entire decade. As Coliseum Skateshop, 210 miles on I-95 north was re-inventing the way people understand flatground tricks, New Yorkers desperately attempted to grasp for something as epic, and as game-changing as the PJ Ladd video. For an entire year, the phrase, “the New York equivalent of the PJ Ladd” video and equal variants were being tossed around to promote and overhype this thing, with Kerel getting credited as the definitive breakthrough part of the entire project. Unfortunately, the legitimate release saw a video with what is most likely the worst editing on the decade, and Kerel’s part nearly ruined (despite some magnificent skateboard maneuvers) with the worst song choice in human history.
89. Japanese Shin earns his place in Union Square History – 2007:
The title of union square legends is seldom a distiction that is bestowed upon recipients with celebration. Given the location’s status at one of western civilization’s most notorious dead ends, its heroes are celebrated in very downplayed terms, oftentimes maligning their contributions to a corner of irrelevancy.
Japanese Shin (surname unknown) is not merely a Union Square legend, but an overall New York legend in the truest form. On quite literally the coldest, windiest day of 2007, while everyone was sitting inside Mike Gigliotti’s house complaining about how the cold was ruining their lives, Shin was in the back of Union, wearing a long-sleeve tee shirt, practicing nollie heelflips. I saw it with my own eyes and it was the most inspiring image I have witnessed in the past ten years.
88. The Hat stops serving “To-Go” Margaritas – 2008:
The most devastating blow to underage drinking occurred when the Hat stopped serving “to go” margaritas that were indiscriminantly sold to patrons of all shapes, sizes and colors without the legal formalities of ID checks. Police cracked down on this practice, as the nonchalant group of twelve-year-olds standing with their backs against the concrete exterior of the Hat, all woozy from drinking out of similar looking cups containing TGI Friday’s margarita mix and Georgi vodka quickly disappeared into thin air. Or Brooklyn.
87. E.S.T. Video Magazine Debuts – 2000:
Back when “video magazines” were not an obsolete medium, E.S.T. was a great idea, and the first volume (four were eventually made in total, ranging in quality from “kinda ok” to “I never want to watch that again”) is something like a low-key classic in the east coast video canon. The New York section holds up as one of the best city-themed montages ever put to video, and was for many of the skaters, the last time they would be thrown together in a video along with a myriad of other names that had become synonymous with 1990s New York skating over the years.
86. Puerto Rican Will has a kid – 2005:
Puerto Rican Will, best known for stealing a board from Taji’s house in Tribeca by stuffing it under his 4XL tall tee and for being reputably the worst skate video borrower of all time, was the first East Village, TF-generation resident to introduce new life into the world, and create a path for future TF greatness.
85. Burritoville on Water Street (across from the S&P Building) Closes – 2008:
Second only to the Burger King down the block from the Banks, this Burritoville is the most iconic food establishment to ever become embraced by New York City skateboarders. Clearly out of line with average adolescent’s skateboard budget in terms of its menu (around $10 for a burrito and a soda), but very much lovable for the free chips and water that had become a multiple-times-a-day stop for many of us throughout our formidable, broke, pre-employment years. This location was immortalized by Brian Wenning and Anthony Pappalardo in their chronicles of voyaging out to the Banks and sleeping at Newport during 1999 and 2000, but had slowly dwindled in influence as the decade wore on. Its closing was more symbolic in signifying the end of an era than it was an actual tragedy, but it was significant nonetheless. Chipoltle on Wall Street has become somewhat of a replacement, but that’s only for those with jobs.
84. Gnar Gnar takes experimental strides to combat DVD piracy – 2006:
In an age when video_ts folders were being ripped from the seams and posted in chunks on You Tube a mere two days after a given video’s release, Krooked decided to combat video pirates by charging $50 for its early-90s aesthetic based, largely New York filmed, revisionist project on a VHS tape. Kind of like if Raekwon charged $40 for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 and only released it on a cassette tape.
83. Discovery of the Flushing Picnic Tables / R.T. Hideout – 2004:
The entire city stopped skating Manhattan for a period of two months during the last stretch of winter 2004, so that they could miraculously gather footage on a plastic picnic table set off a ledge. A complete roster of every possible thing that had been done on them was kept in a notebook by every filmer in New York City to avoid any A.B.D. discrepancies.
82. Matt Mooney Sells Out – 2008:
On December 5, 2008, Matt Mooney sold out and moved to Los Angeles, California. If there was ever an heir to the glamorous degeneracy that accompanies notions of 1990s New York City skateboarding, then Matthew Mooney was certainly there to fill that place. Whether it was drunken attempts to steal lobsters from Upper East Side restaurants on the way to Midtown or successful attempts at breaking $10,000 windows on Broadway, Mooney was always one step ahead of the game. Too bad his entire life is based around the notion that “New York sucks,” and he decided to move to L.A. Let’s just say the man who returned is only a facade of the man who once was.
81. 12th and A begins serving espresso – 2009:
In perhaps the sole beneficial reform of social policy to be done by 12th and A, Billy Rohan negotiated a deal with European coffee imprint, Nespresso, so that coffee could be served out of a shipping container at 12th and A.