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Please sign the petition to show your support for keeping the asphalt at the Tompkins Square Park courts. This space is as sacred to skateboarding and the East Village as the Rucker or the West 4th Street courts are to basketball. It would be a massive loss to the youth and cultural fabric of the neighborhood if they were covered with synthetic turf. We are a few hundred shy of 25,000 (!!!) signatures, so please please please share the petition with your friends, and on your respective social channels.

After many years of captivity, the Zipper Ledge is finally free and dressed with a fresh, yellow paintjob, as first reported by @mini_spots. (Don’t ask for pin! That’s like asking where the Empire State Building is!) If only the park starts opening the gate at Yellow Rail, then the entire Morningside little kid skate scene circa 2003 will be in full revival.

Jesse Alba is the latest guest on The Bunt, and really happy that he no longer lives at 51 Eldert Street.

…aanndd Max Palmer is half the man he used to be in Jesse’s new #longform iPhone edit.

One of the hardest things about interviewing skateboarders is not asking the same ten things that the last few interviews they did asked. It’s special and rare when you get someone for their first one. Caleb Barnett did his first ever interview with the Slam City Skates blog.

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Jordan Trahan — Summer ’16 Remix

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Photo by Muller

As far as remix videos on the internet go, Village Psychic’s “1-800-Jordan-Trahan” holds a special place in my heart. Like him or not, Drake songs have a way of push-pinning certain moments — particularly summer moments — into your memory, e.g. you remember when you first heard the song that goes on to incessantly play for the next five months. “1-800-Jordan-Trahan” dropped at a stagnant point at the end of last summer, a week or two into “Hotline Bling’s” five-month reign of “can I go anywhere without hearing this shit?” / when it was still cute. [Full disclosure: I was in Toronto the first weekend it came out, yes I went to the OVO store.] It also created a would-be placeholder for a dude who hadn’t had “The Part” yet, but still sat on everyone’s favorite skaters list regardless. He’s the 2015 #QSSOTY after all ;)

Even if we didn’t reserve any and all Drake #musicsupervision decisions for end of the year edits, going full Views and biting Village Psychic for this remix of Jordan’s 5BNY part wasn’t the thing to do. Figured the best way to sorta maintain that vibe was to use a sample source from a current “can I go anywhere without hearing this shit?” summer 2016 titleholder. Enjoy.

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Filmed by Tombo. Guest tricks from Gonyon and Doogie.

Fall Colors

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Photo via Shaqwaker on IG. “A little this, a little that, a little bit of everything…”

Rob Gonyon might have the most fire iPhone videos out right now. Features a few clips from the yet-to-be-fully-completed East Williamsburg Bushwick Skatepark.

Can’t remember the last time a bunch of people in New York kept bringing up a foreign Vimeo upload as much as the Parisian “Daydream” clip from last week.

Mango and friends skating #weird stuff around New York for three minutes.

Boil the Ocean on all potential S.O.T.Y. candidates. I’ll buy everyone who reads this site a crook shove at the bar if it ends up not being A.V.E. In related news, a Max Palmer two-peat is not entirely impossible for Q.S.S.O.T.Y.

Though there a few Japanese kickflips to appreciate in this part, the dude does maybe the greatest backside 180 5-0 grind ever done as his ender. It looks like a full-on manual. Thanks to Mostly Skateboarding for pointing that one out.

Nice to see Zeigfeld still sorta existing post-apocalypse.

Chromeball has a great interview with Thomas Campbell about the early days of skate magazines, which also touches on the making of the first Supreme video / short film from 1996. “Some people had beef with those [Euro] articles because they felt those countries didn’t support skateboarding. Whatever. Who cares. We’re on the Earth. Go skate whatever you want.” You heard your boy Mars got water now?

Mike Carroll on #musicsupervision and…Lupus.

Speaking of Carroll, SMLTalk tried to get to the bottom of the varial flip’s re-accepted place in the trick selection landscape, i.e. how it went from getting boo-ed at contests to perfectly fine to throw mid-line in 2015.

KCDC built some new stuff under the B.Q.E. thanks to the DLX build project.

QS D.I.Y. Desk (jk, that’s not real): Some chill early nineties photos from Burnside.

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— Josh Velez

First Post of 2015

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The Grand Central of the jet age.” Photo via Paul Young.

Happy New Year. Last week was a wash. Not much happened, nor did a lot of #hot #new #content appear on the skateboard internet. If you want to catch up on stuff you missed in 2014, beyond the standard year-end sources, check Slam City Skates’ list of favorite parts from British skateboarders of note or your “favourite” European skateboarder’s “favourites” from the year.

Discovering how fun and unrefined Hungarian skateboarding looks was one of our “favourite” developments of 2014, so here’s the new one from Budapest’s Rios Crew.

This is cool, but where’s the footage of the Trahan Washington Square kickflip?

ConEd Banks seems like a horrible place to spend prolonged time at during a summer (or fall) trip to New York. Three Up Three Down is a great place for a nap though.

Sean Malto, on the struggle of only being romantically admired by 15-year-old girls.

Ripped Laces’ annual list of the year’s best skate shoes. No Supreme Foams?

Even though you’d wind end up sharing it with a bunch recently divorced, “skating past a mid-life crisis” art directors, they should build one of these in Central Park.

Like most things, uptown is a lot more fun in the summertime. Cool kickflip, btw.

Unswayed by the fact that no storied skate company has ever come back from the dead to come close to its glory days, Alien Workshop announced yesterday that it will be joining Habitat under the Tum Yeto umbrella. Seagullllllssssss…

Rob Mathieson may be the quietest British person I know. Here’s a video of him skating around Boston and New York for Krooked’s U.K. division.

The crew behind the Tuesday vid got the urge to re-do the entire video, rendering it Tuesday-free as an attempt to distance itself from that day’s popularity spurt.

Has Bieber been channeling The Muska all along?

A compendium of the tricks that have gone down the Clipper Ledge, likely 2014’s “Spot of the Year,” in .gif form. Clipper #listicles r mad hot yo.

I watched that movie The Notebook. You ever watch that?” — Mike Tyson

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Nick Young is the frontrunner for the Sports Desk’s S.O.T.Y. Also, people on Twitter are already calling this the dunk of the year.

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If you’re curious as to where we were at before this year (or bored…yeah, you’re probably bored), here are the first posts from 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

So Arizona, Get Your Act Together & Hail the King

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“But what I can’t understand is why people in a hot-ass desert town like Tucson, Arizona, wouldn’t want a day off work. It’s not like you have to do something black on that day. You know, you don’t have to read Ebony magazine. You don’t have to watch Soul Train. All you have to do is not work.”

Might want to read this instead of lurking the Slap board today: Playboy’s full January 1965 interview with Martin Luther King Jr., which happens to be the longest and most in-depth interview he has ever granted any publication.

Rest in Peace Lewis Marnell. Manolo already came through with a great five-minute tribute edit of Lewis’ footage.

“I’d rather watch Busenitz ________.” Today, that blank is filled with “cruise around mostly low-impact European spots and drive home the fact that America sucks for skateboarding.” Those spots look incredible.

Skateboarding Bloopers: Handrail Edition

It only took an hour after Dece Vid‘s release for somebody to rip Yaje’s standalone part to YouTube. Let’s all hope this isn’t Yaje’s final part. (Fun Fact: Most of the footage in that part is ~two-years-old.)

New Iron Claw iPhone montage featuring crowd favorite, Phil Rodriguez.

Jordan Trahan, Jimmy McDonald and Rob Gonyon (another crowd favorite) rip around Tribeca and the West Village in the latest Berrics “Off the Grid” segment.

Slam City Skates has a quick interview up with Lev Tanju, the architect behind Palace Skateboards, about the company’s future, sense of humor and Southbank.

Brooklyn Banks contest results from April 4, 1998.

ICYMI: Aaron Herrington is really good at skateboarding.

Is Mooney in the new issue of Vogue L’Uomo (Italian Vogue) wearing a QS sweatshirt and described as a “skateboarder semi-professionista?” Yes. Yes he is.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Ish Smith JUMPS OVER John Wall, turns around, and blocks his shot. Also, his name is Ish.

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A girl’s review of the new Green Diamond video. (Via Mike Heikkila)

Time to watch basketball. Enjoy this cold-ass week.