Although good ledge spots are hardly synonymous with British skateboarding, it’s a surprising reality that they were missing from even the country’s capital until the turn of the millennium. Such was the landscape of London until, in the late 1990s, heaven was discovered in an unassuming patch of greenery just down the road from Victoria Station. Jacob Sawyer’s wonderful “Ode To Victoria Benches” story for Slam City Skates pinpoints the spot as having been discovered somewhere around 1997. The Blueprint Skateboards team and friends would go on to localize it, with the benches appearing in Waiting For The World, Headcleaner, and First Broadcast.
Photo by Colin Sussingham 📷
“If you’re not doing shit and you strike out a couple of times, you can just go there and punish yourself.”
In a city as dense with spots as this one, it’s really something for a spot to feel isolated from the rest of skateboarding, and this one certainly fits the bill — as anyone who has been stuck here watching a friend try a trick can attest. Cyrus Bennett was kind enough to share his history with this innocuous corner of Maspeth on the side of a highway, between two cemeteries.
Photo by Andrew James Peters
So far, the “Favorite Spot” series has centered around main plazas in smaller city scenes, particular nooks in larger cities that particular skaters have an affinity for, and of course, recognizable pieces of skate ephemera now covered on real estate publications.
Farran’s latest is about one of the most storied spots in the capital of the skateboard world, recognizable to anybody who has seen a skateboard video these past thirty years. It’s no surprise that this installment ended up being the longest one ;)
Since starting the “Favorite Spot” series, there has been one skater + spot combo that has been requested above all the rest. And with the fifth installment (second local spot in a row!), we are proud to present Max Palmer and the Canal Fountain — or just “the fountain spot,” or what we have even lovingly renamed “Max Palmer Park” on the spots page.
(FWIW, it’s technically called Albert Capsouto Park, but nobody has ever called it that. Probably not even Al’s family.)
So, this one needs no further introduction. Max is a man of sparse words (in most cases, not all), and we’re all grateful he was down to talk about this absolute mess of a spot.
Biggest thank you goes to Johnny obvs, but shout out to everybody who contributed their footy ♥
The “Favorite Spot” series was overdue for a New York edition — it has been three installments, and not a single one has been in the northeast.
If you told anybody who was skating Grant’s Tomb in the days when it was a backup spot after you got kicked off the Columbia campus that soon, the ledge into the double bank would become its most-documented feature, they’d have a tough time believing you. Dick Rizzo has somehow turned it into a fixture throughout his video parts, dating as far back as Paul Young’s 2012 Nevermind video.