You already know we riding with #TeamKev in this beef.
Transworld has a new issue out, so it should be safe to scan this feature from their previous one for those who did not get a chance to grab a physical copy.
The article ran in conjunction with a great month-long web series on the Transworld site. “NYC Rising” implies that the city is “on the come up,” but when you think about it, the California-based skate media has always labeled New York / the east as this blooming entity that will one day reach the mountain top. It’s a nice way of veiling the harsh truth: “California [mostly] produces way better skaters than you.” New York is permanently rising but never surpassing — not unlike what Jay-Z told Memphis Bleek for many, many years. Bleek never took over (even though Jay-Z committed one of history’s greatest crimes by supplying him with one of the best Premier beats ever…) and New York will never rise past California as far as skateboarding is concerned.
…but whatever, their bars close at 1:30.
As the rise continues, the article interviews a grip of dudes who were around for the first wave of the east being “on the come up” (Ryan Hickey, Peter Bici, Jeff Pang, etc.), alongside some photos of the current individuals doing the rising. A great blend of nostalgia and today’s skaters that you see at Tompkins.