Monday Links: Chauncey Billups Edition

Last week was a bit slow, as a lot of attention was given to basketball, which has been way more interesting than skateboarding in the past few weeks, especially if this is the sort of thing you have been waiting for since middle school. In further tangential bits, Dylan got robbed for best leading actor, and Chris Bosh was seriously overlooked for best supporting actor. Avatar starring Halle Berry was pretty sick too.

Quantities on tees and cruisers are fairly low at this point, so if you were planning on buying either one, now would be the time to do it. Thanks to everyone who purchased something for their support of the site.

One of the main exceptions to the recent superiority of interesting-ness that eastern basketball has taken against eastern skateboarding, is the increased visibility of Mike Maldonado and Kevin Taylor. Axion has a tour clip up that features both of them with some considerable screentime. Thrasher also has a quick Q&A section up with Maldonado and Phelps, discussing the early history of the Love gap, his ollie over the wall off the bench at the Philadelphia Federal Building in Welcome to Hell, and the key difference between east and west skateboarding: “There’s no, ‘I’m gonna warm up on this six and then go hit the twelve.’ No, you’re going straight to the twelve.” Considering this website abides by a “If you can’t ollie up it, don’t ollie down it” creed, we wouldn’t know anything about that.

Taji put together another post for the Converse blog, this time centering around the world renown Tompkins Square Park, and its rich history. “Q: So what’s the story behind your crew, the Dunions? A: It’s kind of dying out as time passes. They sort of split up between sorta-hood smoker kids and the non-hood skate rats.”

Rob started putting together Diamond Days clips again, and for those fortunate enough to afford exotic girlfriends in tropical climates, the latest installment sheds some light on the conditions everyone in New York has had to endure throughout these past three months. Winter seems like it is on the way out though.

You Will Soon published an open letter to the people of Converse Skateboarding, demanding some answers on a question we have all been asking ourselves…Why the hell is Joey Pepper still on flow for them? Put that guy on the team already, damn. They also touch a nerve with Anthony Pappalardo’s endlessly devout fanbase when they allude to his mode of Marbury-isms that we have discussed in the past as well. *Waiting for half of Long Island / Slap to promise a four-minute tour de force part in the Chocolate video…which will probably be out when Cory Kennedy is in his mid-to-late twenties.*

A quick teaser for the upcoming full-length from Alex Duke’s Wizard Skull skateboards.

Here’s the San Francisco installment from 2nd Nature’s California trip.

Howard Glover posted another installment from his Pre-2k video. This time, it’s a shared part between Rodney Torres, Mike Wright, and Quartersnacks’ favorite, Geo “TOMA!” Moya. Features plenty pairs of Osiris Peter Smolik pro shoes, in addition to footage from what was previously the biggest health hazard to New York City skateboarding, the Chinatown Shit Hubba.

Quote of the Week:What is anxiety? I think only girls get that.” — Matthew Mooney

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Daniel Lebron Flocka James

The Berrics isn’t a daily site for the QS office, but we trust that we will be informed whenever one of our friends makes an appearance on there by the powers that be. However, those powers neglected to inform us that ledge / flatground powerhouse, Daniel Lebron managed to throw together a fairly restrained section (by Berrics standards), of grown man backside smith grinds, and exemplary frontside flips. Skateboarding related updates will resume shortly. It was a big week for basketball, so that managed to shift much attention away.

Speaking of Lebrons…Did you guys hear the big news from Miami?

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Hi-8 Days

Throughout the past month, NY Skateboarding has been posting Number Nine Skateboards’ 1995 video, Another Number on a part-by-part basis every week. Number Nine is the company that became Chapman later in the decade, sponsoring the likes of Billy Rohan, Jake Johnson, etc., and eventually becoming one of the most prominent skateboard production houses in the northeast.

While this site is no stranger to celebrating voyages to the past via old videos, the first few installments of Another Number weren’t as appealing as you’d expect a “lost” nineties New York skate video to be, due to the fact that over half of it is filmed in an indoor park. Unless you’re mainly concerned with what shoes skaters wore in 1995, a mostly indoor-set regional video isn’t exactly going to cue you into the environment around skateboarding in that given time. Today’s final installment drifted away from the otherwise artificially lit settings found in the remaining portions of the video, with a rarely seen part of crowd favorite, Frank Gerwer. Best of all, it is mostly filmed in Manhattan, and not a park. The ending back tail over the Burritoville double-set on 46th Street first appeared in 411 New York Metrospective, but much of the footage is otherwise seldom seen.

Check out the other parts of the video for yourself. There are some fun parts here and there. Thanks to NY Skateboarding for uploading it.

Diamond Plated Edition

Several months ago, the G Man spoke of an insane endeavor, in which he intended to film a video part exclusively on Crosby Street. Disregarding it as some sort of new age, alcohol-inspired pursuit at bringing notions of “abstract spots” to absurd new heights, I forgot about it. That is, until I actually noticed that an inordinate amount of footage from Crosby Street and it’s outlying areas of easy-to-skate-but-still-cool-looking spots had made its way to this website over the past year. The surge in skating this neighborhood probably correlates to this website’s roster becoming more fashionable in recent years, requiring a cobble-stoned proving ground best-suited for landing yourself in a Sartorialist post (or on Quartersnacks, its distant skateboard-related relative), and perhaps even meet an ambush of eggs, water, Heineken bottles, or paintballs (yes, rich people shoot paintballs apparently) from silk robe wearing residents disgruntled at their massive rent seeming less worthwhile when they hear your wheels raging across their diamond plated front steps.

This has been sitting around on a boredom-fueled Final Cut timeline for a couple weeks, so I figured it would make sense to throw it up on the site, even though it is practically all recycled footage. February isn’t exactly a month known for acquiring a ton of skate footage in New York, so recycled stuff that is thematically re-edited is the best we can do for now. After all, it is fashion week, and what’s more fashionable than an all SoHo skate clip?

As a bonus, the geographic restrictions on this clip are so intense, that the classic Quartersnacks spot-that-isn’t-a-spot, the Crosby Garage, was left out because it is north of Houston Street. Dedicated to the G Man and his endless dedication in skating ridiculous spots amidst the most fashionable area in Manhattan.