The 2019 Quartersnacks Year in Review: 25-16

2019 was a year where the the past was rousted up to contend with the future — we listened to new Max B off a DatPiff stream while acknowledging that our existence rests at the mercy of rats plotting a takeover of mankind. Jeremy Lin became an NBA champion, the Knicks lost the lottery, and the gods just laughed and laughed.

Here are the developments that loosely defined the past 12 months in New York skateboarding.

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If you can’t make it out on Saturday, don’t forget to help circulate the petition to keep turf off the asphalt at Tompkins Square Park. If you’re sharing any reflections or memories of what this park means to you on social media, please be sure to tag any posts with #savetompkins.

“One thing Jones has that a lot of pro skaters don’t is a bunch of hardheaded friends who are willing to bring city life to a halt for him.” Can’t imagine there’s a single person who reads QS that hasn’t already read Willy Staley’s incredible profile of Tyshawn Jones for The New York Times, but also don’t think anything else could justifiably be the first link this week.

“The further uptown you went, the quieter and more desolate it was. And the more you could get away with.” While on the topic of #MSM #skate #coverage — never knew about this 2005 New York Mag article about Andy Kessler and the original Zoo York crew of the 1970s-80s. (So nice that we have evolved and endured enough to avoid calling things “Dogtown East” now hehe.)

Eli Gesner found this 1995 clip of Peter Bici skating in front of the Met at 6 A.M. Wonder what club they had just left ;)

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“Without that skater/photographer communication, you have no choice but to sit and wait for the photo to show itself. It felt like I had photographed a wild leopard in the jungle.” Bobby Worrest — 360 flip noseslide. Photo by Jeff Comber. Head over to King skate mag for the full blurb.

*First great video part of 2019 alert* The scientists at Palace realized they needed some young blood on the team and got Heitor Da Silva (alum from the same Swedish skate school as Oski) onboard. He has an awesome new Adidas part out right now (that backside flip, switch frontside flip line…), and an interview about his journey from Brazil to Norway to The Triangle™ over on Grey. Could have probably dug a bit deeper on the song, but oh well.

Know a few people who would die happy after skating this spot for an hour.

Me, you, and Cyrus Bennett have the same favorite skateboarder. Hint: he skates more than everyone, for longer than everyone, is older than everyone, and is more oblivious to what’s going on in skateboarding that everyone.

Jake Johnson gave Dickies a tour of his hometown D.I.Y. spot in State College, PA + skated his backyard mini-ramp with a handful of special guests.

Skating is easy for Pat Gallaher.

Traffic scanned a 2005 TWS article about a D.I.Y. tour they did in Hartford, Albany, Rochester, Akron and Pittsburgh back in the early days of the company, with words from Ricky, and a bunch of rad photos. Never knew they were the architects behind that still-running Albany bank-to-ledge. #respect.

Jimmy Marketti uploaded uploaded an old edit of some Rob Campbell footage from 2005. The rollaway on the frontside wallride at the Banks is hall of fame.

The Village Psychic guys like Borough Hall a lot A.K.A. they made a video of all their 2018 iPhone footage. They look high, but when the hell were those plastic orange blocks there?

Not sure how to feel about this… A skateboarder at Le Dome was the main tipster to unraveling the biggest art heist in a generation ;)

Wow. Quite literally, “sorry I didn’t say hi.”

Spot Updates: Not the most oft-skated spot these days (unless you’re winding up there after getting kicked out of Bigscreen or something), but there’s not much to skate at Penn Plaza anymore, as the building put astro turf all over the upper portion of the spot.

Winter #TBT: The Brownsville igloo from ~2011.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Giannis just doing what we all feel…except maybe if you’re a Rockets fan.

Quote of the Week: “I was back at the hotel in bed watching everyone’s Instagram stories…just thinking ‘we’re all so fucking stupid.'” — Pryce Holmes

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The new Iron Claw video, Faux One One premieres this coming Sunday, March 31st at St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint) at 9 P.M. 21+. Features a Phil Rodriguez part. Flyer here. Watch the Cyrus Bennett welcome video, his part in Space Heater, the Iron Claw summer montage, or the Iron iPhone montage to get hyped.

After being the go-to beverage of under-21 Tompkins skaters for over a decade, Arizona Iced Tea finally entered the arena of skate merch.

Some new clips from the young guns: New York and L.A. spring break clip via Kasper and a 12th & A clip via Solomon. “Charles banned Slicky from Supreme because he isn’t taking school seriously. Dunions half-length video coming soon.” If you tumble, be sure to follow Dunions.Tumblr.com.

NY Skateboarding scanned some recent coverage of New York skaters in print media. Features the full Zered and Joey Pepper Skateboarder interview, though the type is a bit too small to read.

The Skateboard Mag site has an extended Dickies east coast tour photo feature, showcasing what may be the last coverage of the defunct Harlem bank to green grate ledge. Vincent Alvarez still skates it as a hip though…

Our homie Ben Baptiste launched a site for his company Sex Hippies, which is an assortment of 15-second clips, a la Metrospective.

Spot Updates: 1) The cracks in the Flushing grate ledge have been filled with Bondo, yet again. 2) Yeah it’s Philly news, but apparently the three stair ledge at Love Park is skateable again. The nineties are back! OMG!

Speaking of Love, Live Skateboard Media has a new interview with Mark Suciu that unfortunately does not address crucial issues of #art, #authenticity or the Philadelphia mayoral race.

Apparently, “Free Gucci Mane” shirts are only irrelevant for six month intervals.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: JaVale McGee over Joakim Noah > Lebron over Jason Terry. Due to the events of June 2011, Terry has no reason to feel “embarrassed” about getting dunked on by Lebron.

Quote of the Week: “This is the longest my hair has ever been, and consequently this is the sexiest I have ever felt.” — Josh Velez

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s no evident winner to our Alex Olson AARP caption contest. Suggestion: The less it sounds like a YouTube comment, the better.