The World Trade Center — with its centerpiece, the Twin Towers — opened just a few months before the Knicks won their second championship in 1973, and symbolized a new, modernized era of New York City. As literal twins, the Towers are excellent symbols for the push and pull of capital versus culture which, by the 70s, was really coming to a head in American society. They were the biggest buildings in the world and just one wasn’t even enough.
Photo by Matt Weber
Still a surreal day on the calendar every year. Over the years, we have done several posts regarding how that day shaped our tiny corner of New York — An Interview With Zered Bassett About the Vicious Cycle House (several blocks from Ground Zero circa 2002-2003), February 2002 Transworld Article re: 9/11, Twin Towers skate photos, Twin Towers skate clips 1996-2001.
You’re in for an onslaught of recap content throughout the internet, but the Dime Glory Challenge was absolutely brilliant. Forever grateful to be skateboarding on the earth at the same time in history as these brilliant Canadian minds.
“What was harder to do: switch big flip Chinatown Double-Set or switch backside flip D7?” NY Skateboarding has a solid interview with Tyshawn Jones, reigning “Did you hear what _____ did?!” king of New York City.
Transworld interviewed Josh Kalis about the greatest kickflip ever done™.
We’re the last ones to continue beating the dead horse of varial flip pontification, but the one (you’ll know which one…) in Sami El Hassani’s all-around brilliant new clip for Pop Trading Company deserves some extra attention.
People began skating the new Harlem skatepark on 114th Street and First Avenue (conveniently located between Haiji’s and Patsy’s) this past week. Looks kinda like Cooper Park tbh. Troy posted a clip from it, but there are a few more floating around.
Yaje Popson warms up with avocados and nollie half cab switch backside 5-0s. No wonder he’s the only native T.F. local with his name on a skateboard ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
People are still pissed about you skating the plaza on 110th and 8th, and hopes for a new Byrdgang video are high in the QS office. Here’s a teaser for Byrdgang 3.
(When is Hijinx 2 dropping though?)
Vice posted up a deleted scene from Bam’s Epicly Later’d of Kerry and Bam skating Kerry’s backyard ramp in Pennsylvania. Party at my house for the Muska one.
Quote of the Week: “I can’t wear blue, it’s a color.” — Girl Wearing All Black in the Dime Store
Happy belated birthday, Roy Ayers.
The following feature appeared in 2003: A Year Magazine. (We ran a feature from 1991 last year.) The issue is now available for purchase on 2003magazine.com, along with a QS hat we produced in collaboration with 2003 to commemorate the northeast blackout of 2003 — the day the T.F. was dubbed the safest place on earth.
Skateboarding was maturing in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Videos went from handycam promos to hour-long blockbusters with pro-level production values, skaters were padding their pockets with royalty checks from sponsors that were fatter than ever, and prodigious 15-year-olds were outshining the grown-ups with tricks that were unimaginable in the early 90s.
Except in New York, where skateboarding was still synonymous with chilling, of a lifestyle without an end goal. After 9/11, it felt even further removed from what was happening in the skate industry at large. The spots throughout Lower Manhattan became either desolate or off-limits, which made chilling (instead of missioning into the outer boroughs) that much more appealing.
But being New York, there was, of course, an exception. Vicious Cycle, released in 2004, was a video made throughout those years that upended the attitude associated with New York. Filmed by R.B. Umali and Doug Brown for Zoo York from 2002 to 2004, it was the first video to emerge from a crew of skaters living in New York who refused to accept what was becoming the status quo for a city that dominated in most other areas of culture. The result was very much up to par with anything coming out of California or elsewhere.
In 2003, Bassett and other skaters involved in the making of the video cohabited a windowless apartment in Lower Manhattan. This is the story of the Vicious Cycle house.
Where are you from and how did you end up in New York?
I grew up in Chatham, Massachusetts, which is in Cape Cod. I started skating there, met people, and then started going to Boston a lot. From there, I started getting hooked up with Zoo stuff from Jeff Pang, and would go out to New York to visit those dudes. I went back a few times, and then on my 18th birthday, I moved to New York. That was in November of 2002.
Were you getting paid to skate at that point?
Zoo paid for the house that I moved into, but I wasn’t getting paid.
How did the house come together?
The house was on Broadway and Fulton Street. I wanted to move to the city, so I talked Zoo into getting a house for me, Brian Brown, and Billy Rohan at the time. Billy eventually moved out, and Brian’s brother, Doug, moved in. He was the main one filming us back then. Lou [Sarowsky] would stay over a lot, too. People would always come to town and crash, whoever was around skating.
Beer Bar, 2003. Photo by Daniel Eric Weiss.
Quartersnacks turns eleven years old today. Thank you everyone for the love throughout this now decade-plus. We’ll try not to blow it, at least for a few more years ;) Quotes over the Years posts — Part 1, part 2, part 3.
Call Me 917 has been teasing quick bits of footage from a recent midwest trip for their upcoming collaboration with Nike SB: one here and one there. The full thing supposed to drop on September 17th. And if you’re a person afraid of holding objects with printed words on them, someone on Slap scanned the Thrasher article about the trip.
“Do you like skating in New York?” “Not really.” #respect, me either tbh. Andrew Allen interviewed Aidan Mackey for Heaps Chat.
Byrdgang 2, the new one from the QS office’s favorite adolescent skateboard crew, is now live to remind all of us what skateboarding here in high school felt like.
Uploaded Max’s Sure part to YouTube just because.
It’s like a Goldfish reunion! Mike Carroll at the Santa Monica Courthouse.
Pretty sure this part is actually from the new Heroin video (could be wrong), but this Nick Michel “Losing Come Up Tour” part has a heavy focus on New York-based rock spots, including the blunt pop-in at Battery Park City from last week’s #QSTOP10.
Varial flip up, varial flip on flat, and varial flip down is is one of the more subversive moments for recent line choreography at the Chase two-up-five-down steps.
With early-2000s nostalgia still running high a la low-def noseslide tricks and the ressurection of the Pace Ledge, maybe kickflip shiftys are due for a comeback?
Switch back lip down Blubba and thirty more seconds of new Yaje footage.
Free Skate Mag interviewed Aesthetics Ryde or Die alumnus, Joey Pepper.
Who ever thought product description beef could be so interesting?
It feels like there have been five of these but oh well. Another Huf T.F. West jam clip.
Damn, Future is still pissed at Ciara? Has anyone ever rhymed “Soho” with something besides “Manolo?” Also, isn’t Ape Shit like a year late?
Quote of the Week: “Dude, weddings are so sick.” — Charles Rivard
Photo by Gigliotti the Great
Quartersnacks turns six today. Thanks to everyone for their support, visits, spreading the word, following us on Twitter, adding us on Facebook, or whatever else. It means a lot, thank you. Here are our first four clips from the fall of 2005: September / premiere clip, October, November (Juelz Santana was a really big deal in 2005), December / Christmas.
The Chrome Ball Incident posted up scans of a Skateboarder article by Mike O’Meally about 9/11, in addition to a few other relevant things.
Dylan Rieder discovers another really high thing to skate at the Seaport. Hopefully, this new shoe coincides with a new video part.
Last week, there was a bit of confusion about how to skate a new bump in Fort Greene that sprouted about after Hurricane Irene. This photo of Piro Sierra and the subsequent words should explain everything perfectly. The people whose house it’s in front of probably had a fun week yelling at skateboarders.
How exactly is Los Angeles the best city for skateboarding? Historically, weather and industry-wise, yes, obviously. New York doesn’t belong in the top three either (we’re willing to trade ten of our spots for an unknobbed version of that Chinatown Ledge though), but it seems like everyone who comes back from L.A. in 2011 says they only skated Stoner Park during their visit.
Lows are beginning to hit the fifties this week, which means fall is officially here. Buy some hoodies.