Keep your kids out the kitchen!

The much mythologized Burger King at Fulton and Gold Street, of Brooklyn Banks era fame, is officially gone. Even though its relevance dwindled over the past decade (beyond the “free” refills utilized by cost-cutting skateboarders), it is still among the most prominent fast food establishments within skateboarding’s history books. Be sure to check out Quartersnacks’ Brooklyn Banks week from last summer for plenty of stories about this particular Burger King and some background info on its significance.

Kevin has a checkout in the new (April 2011) issue of Transworld. Here’s a picture of the page. It’s not a scan, so it’s not the best quality, but you can still mostly read everything there. That Sunset Park 5050 is pretty wild.

They moved a bunch of planters at the Mars 2112 bank on 50th Street and Seventh Avenue. The runway used to be a tight curve in, and now the thing is approachable from straight on. Makes a difficult spot mildly less difficult to skate.

Danny Falla already shot a photo (with snow in the background, of course) of a backside flip over the ledge to street gap across from the Federal Reserve. You can get time there, but the outdoor guards will kick you out after a while, insisting that you’re going to sue the Federal Reserve when you jump into traffic and get hit by a car. That actually sounds like a brilliant idea.

Probably the funniest video of an ollie up a curb you’ll ever see.

An interview with the man behind The Chrome Ball Incident, which addresses the frequent question of what the name means. (“The Chrome Ball Incident was a comic strip that Neil Blender used to come up with every now and then. It was a three-panel comic strip and the chrome ball would come through and just smash something.”)

Here is part two of 2nd Nature’s California trip, this time in San Jose. Check last week’s post for the Los Angeles edition. San Francisco is slated to be up next.

There’s a new, pretty gnarly-looking, all-brick quarterpipe to a wall at the Below the Bridge skatepark in Bayonne. Given the weather’s turn for the worse, it looks like refuge might continue to be sought there for quite some time.

Ryan Gee with a 1997 Quim Cardona classic at the old Jersey City Hamilton Park pyramid.

Another throwback clip of the week, thanks to the person who linked it up in the last Monday Links post: Keith Hufnagel and friends from Transworld’s fifth video, Interface. The ollie up on the bench, over the planter to lipslide on 37th Street still has to be one of the sickest tricks ever done in New York. You can catch a lot of the photos from this bit of footage in these interview scans we posted a while back.

Quartersnacks tee shirts and cruiser boards will be available for purchase off the website tomorrow morning. Real this time.

Quote of the Week:
Do you even know what The Onion is? It’s a fake newspaper.” — Tron Jenkins
Damn, really? I always think it’s mad real.” — E.J.

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Winter Refuge: Below the Bridge Skatepark

It snowed again. With one more inch, we’re en route to having one of the snowiest Januarys on record.

Although mentioned in previous posts, we have had a few chances to actually skate the Below the Bridge Skatepark in Bayonne over the past several weeks, as it has been the only real source of non-weather dependent terrain, aside from maybe a fun box in an office. The park isn’t that big, but they maximized on what space they had. The normal protocol here has been that the people who only skate ledges stick to the left side of the park, and everyone else skating the stairs, bowl-half and euro gaps stick to the right side. It does tend to get crowded in the evenings, but is pretty much clear at any time you expect kids to be in school, and weekday nights have never been too much of a hassle in terms of overcrowding.

The ledge is really solid. If it was in Brooklyn or Tribeca on decent ground, it’d be one of the best ledges in the city, so you’re not really settling for merely a box with some Home Depot angle iron glued on. There’s not much here in the realm of transition beyond the half of a bowl, which some kids treat as a mini ramp, and a three-foot-high quarter pipe at the top of the stair platform. (There has been talk about building a bowl or a mini ramp in the space next door though.)

The park has already been responsible for some new Zipcar accounts, so it’s definitely worth venturing out to a few times over the winter. They have three sessions: 12-3 P.M., 3-6 P.M., and 6-9 P.M. (There actually might be a 9-12 on Fridays and Saturdays.) Each session is $15. Located at 9 Gertrude Street in Bayonne. (Ten to fifteen minutes via Holland Tunnel when there’s no traffic. 25-minute to three-hour drive when there is traffic.)

Both of the pictures are enlargeable. Yes, there’s a weird ghosting thing because they were taken with a cell phone and not a real camera. I was gonna post some footage of Andre Page doing ollies onto absurd things, but there might actually be a half-indoor / half-ignorant winter clip on the horizon to relay the largely undocumented face of New York skateboarding in the wintertime.

All White Everything

Thunder, lighting and snow, that’s a first for this lifetime. There’s even snow inside the train stations right now. If you happen to be blessed enough to not have work today, don’t go outside. Sit home and listen to the Can’t Ban the Snowman tape or something. Here are some links to pass the time for this Monday morning.

With board graphics getting all of the retrospectives, and printed-word love these days, wheel graphics are pretty much universally neglected. Here’s a quick guide as to when skate wheel art began, and ceased to, matter.

The Quartersnacks Varsity Jacket via Bowery Stadium.

Someone asked Ian Reid if he could name “25 skateboarders who are actually from New York” on his Tumblr some time back. He returned with a very comprehensive answer.

Anthony Claravall offers some anecdotal nostalgia about the Cardona brothers, and what it was like filming their 411 “Wheels of Fortune” segment sixteen years ago.

You know things are slow down in Yahoo News International Headquarters when they can write five hundred words about the city installing fences and “No Skateboarding” signs at the Chinatown Banks. They quote Two Hawks Young though, which is sick. For those who don’t know, he was a crucial part to the greatest conceptual skateboard video of all time.

Anthony Beckner threw together the first batch of footage from the Below the Bridge Skatepark with the Classic Skate Shop crew. Conveniently enough, the park opens today, but even driving to Bayonne might be a bit too ambitious of an endeavor right now. The park looks slightly smaller than expected, and unfortunately doesn’t have the two different sections of street courses like Drop-In does (real estate, I know), but it would still be a good call for an off-hours winter session. Just maybe wait for the kids to get back to school.

While you complain on the internet, Roctakon is a humanitarian who supports Dominican skateboarders.

Rob Harris’ “Aussie Pressure” clip. The ending is brilliant.

Blueprint Skateboards’ “Summer in New York” digi-cam clip. Aside from the ground, this spot is the worst.

Thanks to everyone who linked up the Christmas clip: 48 Blocks, NY Skateboarding, Mound City, Paulgar, Second Nature, Blogge Materiale, Senes 23, Olson Stuff, Ian Coughlan, Krook Life, Skate the Streets, Tim Nolan, High Five Skateshop, Strictly Skateboarding, Max White, Delta Co. You guys are the best.

Quote of the Week:I’m going to buy a bottle of Jack and drink it until I no longer care that I suck at skating.” — Miles Marquez

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An indoor skatepark twelve miles from Manhattan

Falling in line with Quartersnacks’ “Exception when it’s about Jersey” policy, we’re going to take some time to veer off and discuss an indoor skatepark. An important one. Even if you’re, like, the “street-est” dude out, by living in New York, your existence succumbs to one of three options in the wintertime: 1. You have a lot of money, resources, a mistress, etc. that enables a living situation in a warm(er) climate like Miami, Los Angeles, or Barcelona (yes, obviously it’s not summer there, but still.) 2. You put your skateboard in a corner, spend the next three months hibernating, and vicariously experience skateboarding on the internet. 3. You rent/borrow/own a car and go to Drop-In.

Not that there is anything wrong with Drop-In (They released a Jersey Dave “Bro Model” skateboard a few years back, so you sound like an idiot if you have anything negative to say about their institution), but it’s 40 miles away from Manhattan. And speaking from experience, that’s 40 miles worth of chances for Switch Mike to almost crash into a highway divider upon realizing he’s in the wrong lane at the start of a blizzard.

After a year or so of rumors hinting at a concrete, indoor skatepark in Bayonne, Below The Bridge Skatepark, located on 9 Gertrude Street under the Bayonne Bridge is scheduled to open on December 27th. (Source: The park’s Facebook page.) That’s twelve miles from Manhattan via the Holland Tunnel, or just over the Bayonne Bridge if you’re coming from Brooklyn or Queens, as you can cut through Staten Island over the Verrazano Bridge. Based off the park’s Facebook, helmets are required for those under eighteen, but there is no specific information on cost, hours, or things of that sort.

The park is part wood, part concrete, with a Berrics-esque design plus half of a mini-bowl. It’ll probably be packed beyond breathability in the first few opening weeks, but will hopefully mellow out once the real hand of winter sets in mid-January. In the end, it’s a indoor park twelve miles from the city, and while it will have no bearing on your life from April to November, it’s definitely a good thing that it came to fruition this early into the winter.

Check for more pictures after the jump.

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