Where there’s fire, there’s smoke — and where there’s water, there are skate spots. Skateboarding crawled out of the Pacific Ocean on a day with no waves, and its progression has largely been the work of those residing in coastal cities. From Third & Army to Southbank, waterfront property has provided an idyllic atmosphere necessary to clear the head and innovate. In fact, many New York ledge skating skills have been honed along the Seaport, a tradition that continues northward to this very summer, with the new Upper East Side ledges / manny pads becoming an IG hot spot.
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Power has been back since Friday night. (Some places in outer boroughs still don’t have lights.) Hope everyone is doing alright. This is only the beginning of the recovery from this storm; can’t imagine the longterm economic impacts of this, especially for people who own small businesses, etc. that were affected by it.
On a skateboarding end, everything is still a bust. Everyone got out there thinking security would be mellower, but it most certainly was not. We (tried) skating downtown on Friday and midtown yesterday, and got kicked out of things we normally don’t get kicked out of, sometimes by police who under normal circumstances would not say anything. After two days of research, we can conclusively say that Manhattan (below Central Park) is more of a bust post-Sandy. Not that skateboarding has any priority at a time like this, but this is a skate site.
NJ Skateshop is working with the skate industry on a clothing drive for skaters in New Jersey whose homes were badly hit by the storm.
Sandy created some skate spots and Rodney Torres did a 360 flip on one.
Dre skated a blown-off water tower roof on Lafayette after the hurricane and it wound up on Gawker.
Magenta Skateboards (who we, like, have mad beef with) is having a video premiere at Labor Skateshop tonight. They will be taking clothing donations for hurricane victims as well. Mangenta diss track dropping later this week.
It’s global warming, stupid.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour today, even though skaters don’t have / know how to read clocks.