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“Everything about this spot was good..5 mins from Downtown NYC….a body of water to calm the mind of even the craziest of crazy human beings…Path Train…NJ Transit trains…Jugs of cheap Orange Juice…and one of my favorite ledges ive ever skated..it was our early morning meet up spot…” — Lackawanna ♥ via Wenning’s IG

Damn, who would’ve thought that the third trick to ever go down the Police Plaza sixteen would be on a surfboard, and discovered via Worldstar?

The Shady One™ put together a clip of a new Brooklyn D.I.Y. envisioned by Max “#MCM” Palmer, in conjunction with Nike’s 58 project. Features Cyrus, Conor, Sean Pablo, Logan Lara, etc. etc. and John Choi with the ender.

Ishod is better than the entire Birdhouse team (but you already knew that, as per Pryce Holmes’ suggestion of a new, all-encompassing award in skateboarding), and The Bunt’s latest episode is with Jake Phelps.

Been a heavy John Shanahan week between the D.C. “Arrival” video with all their new AMs, and LurkNYC’s corresponding “Mean Streets Volume J” video.

“Just as the Sabotage dudes unearthed, resurfaced and restored an entire scene that had been municipally buried and professionally abandoned, John Shanahan seems to harbour deeper ambitions.” Although the hyper #curated outfits probably draw the most attention, gonna have to echo some of Boil the Ocean’s sentiments here. The dude puts more effort into skating long-forgotten spots that people otherwise push past every weekend than anyone else out there right now, and has one of the most sophisticated eyes out for loose tiles and grates.

Boil the Ocean also weighs in on the most recent batch of X-Games “Real Street” segments, while contemplating whether or not somebody will ever look as cool as Lavar McBride when he nollie backside flipped the stairs at Hubba Hideout.

Josh Stewart posted a bunch of raw footage from the days when Barcelona was first becoming the eminent skateboard Mecca, featuring unlikely visitors Puleo and Ricky.

It’s become an increasingly antiquated practice outside of those who were grandfathered into being able to get away with it, but Village Psychic revisits the 2000s phenomenon of the Baker landing.

Did you really do a summer trip to New York if someone in your squad didn’t get bodied at Pyramid Ledges?

Harold Hunter Day is now Harold Hunter weekend. Features a couple chill Tyshawn clips at the Fat Kid Park. And of course Slicky Boy got a free pair of shoes.

The good news is that Quan promised to never let us down again. The bad news is that he’s being cryptic about the release of ten songs he has with Future :(

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Thunder in 12.

Quote of the Week
Kevin Tierney: “I hate going out drinking with a board because I’m afraid I might lose it.”
Colin Sussingham: “Yeah, there’s no way you could get another one, right?”

Can’t Go Skateboarding Day

As most spend the first day of summer / “Go Skateboarding Day” at various skateboard industry P.R. initiatives, Quartersnacks would like to reflect on many of the spots that are no longer with us. We would hypothetically love to go skateboarding today, but the ways of the world continue to make the act of riding a skateboard outside of a designated space more difficult each and every year. (All due respect to all those who continue to advocate for skateparks, but skateparks are not a replacement for street spots. Leave that sort of logic to sixty-year-old city council members, not people who actually skate.) Predictably, many of these places have fallen out of the public’s concern since people have ceased skating there (maybe 2 out of 11 had or have a greater general public v.s. skateboarding public occupancy ratio.) It’s amazing just how much people love to complain when you give them something to complain about, and how little they actually care once the end-point for their desired result happens.

Thanks for the memories.

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Is there any way to start conjuring up royalty money from trivia questions? Do Jeopardy subjects get hit off with a modest check to reward them for providing content for the show through their existence? Probably not, but it is the second mention this year for us in a trivia atmosphere, so it’s kind of cool. (First one was here.)

Having this set-up in your back yard is a sure-fire way to guarantee that you will never have another dull moment for the remainder of your existence on this planet, and realistically speaking, it’s not even that elaborate compared to what people have in skateparks these days.

Do you make electro music for white kids that finally gave up on listening to Nas? You should commission Alex Olson for a video. Features the Gonz and Gigliotti. May cause the purchase of electric blue slim jeans and loss in hard-drive space from copious electro remix downloads.

Barely news, but there is quite literally nothing to skate at Hoboken Ledges anymore. Not that it actually matters, but this is being posted for nostalgia reasons more than anything. Or if you had some bizarre plan to go all the way to Hoboken in order to skate the fountain gap, which has been fenced off for some time, but now looks like it is fully to-be torn from the ground.

Did you know that “Kick Push” is the sixth-greatest Chicago rap song of all time?

Spotted a link to this Swedish montage on the incoming links to Quartersnacks. Even though the skating and spots are pretty cool (and Quartersnacks supports the majority of things related to Scandinavia), it deserves mention mostly because by watching it, you will learn that there are dudes out in Sweden making “Hard in the Paint” remixes. Not like the aforementioned electro remixes either, we’re talking Swedish rap here. Over Lex Luger beats… Yeah…

As the iPad and all that shit is (supposedly) changing print media, old-fashioned zines seem to be less on paper, and more digitized. Skate Jawn is an online skate zine that is laid out slideshow style, just as if it were to be paper. It features a bunch of content from people still keeping Philadelphia skateboarding alive, a Mike Maldonado appearance, and some solid photography.

That rail looks pretty mellow… Not like it might as well be vertical or anything…

Saving the best for last, and knowing that going a few months without some Quim Cardona content is never a good thing, you should check out the recently unearthed Quim and Mike Cardona 411 “Wheels of Fortune” segment. This guy is one of the most endlessly entertaining skateboarders ever, crazy style and all. It’s great to see he’s still killing it to this day. I’m sure that Manolo dude gets all sort of requests, but the world definitely needs a Quim mixtape from him. Both the above photo, and the clip were spotted at the Domestics blog, which maintained by the one and only, Jersey Dave. “Down with the hip-hop.”

Quote of the Week:She’s got a gut, no butt, sweats on, and a kid — all things that you don’t want in a girl.” – Alexander Mosley

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There’s a ten-foot long ledge in Jersey City that you don’t get kicked out of

Jersey City Brunswick Street Roller Rink Ledge

Amazing, right? In light of the absolute scarcity of anything remotely resembling a bust-free ledge in Jersey City or Hudson County (not counting some metal bleacher in a basketball court in a Bayonne park), we’re stepping out of our typical routine of neglecting to list DIY spots / skateparks that everyone knows anyway. Hoboken Ledges got knobbed in 2004, and since then, this entire portion of New Jersey has not had a single skate spot that you could / would want to stay at all day without getting kicked out or bored. Especially considering the marble ledge at the other, better, more elaborate DIY Jersey City spot recently broke beyond easy repair, this might be the safest bet if you’re looking for something to learn a trick on, and are bent with the misfortune of having a significantly lower rent in exchange for a ten-minute trainride into Lower Manhattan.

Remember how amazing the ledges at 12th and A were when they were new? It’s kind of like that. But the fact that ten-percent of the people who skate here know how to 5050 should help the square edge should stay in tact for a much longer portion of time.

The one thing is, the clientele here tends to consist of fourteen-year-olds who were on their way to becoming confused mixes between goths and ravers that took a wrong turn and picked up a skateboard somewhere along the line, in addition to those subscribing to the typical New Jersey tradition of finding out about things way too late, who didn’t get the memo that the scooter craze of 2002 had officially ended. Basically, you have to share the rink with a lot of kids who just started skating and scootering, and are absolutely devoid of any sort of direction or sense of when they are getting in someone’s way.

Also, be sure to stop by Holmes and Co. on Brunswick between 8th and 7th if you need a board or a Polo or Woolrich jacket for the fall. And thank them for building the ledge. There’s also a rumor going around that the rink got sanctioned by the city as an official skatepark, so there might be things to come.

Hoboken Reporter: Lackawanna Park Article

Honoring the two-year anniversary of the city of Hoboken skatestopping Jersey Dave’s, Dunny Munny’s, Suga Slim’s, Big Shetu the King of Lenox Avenue’s, Dave the Womanizer’s, Kurt “The Hitman” Levins’, Hacuna Mata Mark’s and my favorite ledge spot, it seems appropriate to post something honoring this legendary four-sided border of rounded-off and crusty granite. This is an article that was on the front page of The Hoboken Reporter (must’ve been a slow news week, but then again, this is coming from the same newspaper that dedicates eight lines of text, on the fifteenth page to an eighteen-year-old getting shot over nothing) on Sunday, May 20th, 2001, when the ledge was in its glory days, before the bikers started taking massive chunks out of it, giant holes in the ground started appearing, and the security guards at the completely unrelated next-door building began to call the cops every time a skateboarder would leave a bottle near their property. The article is really, really stupid, but it was still pretty cool in 7th grade.

Noteworthy Stupid Things to Look For:
1. ”…hardcore warriors, challenging the elements with just their bodies and a long piece of wood…” This guy obviously wasn’t familiar with the important literary rule of including a “no homo” after such a statement of questionable sexual orientation.
2. He chose to use a picture of a fall, even though he took plenty of pictures of landed tricks. I even ollied the six stair for his stupid photo camera, and that’s damn sure never happening again.
3. “…Smith is currently working on pivot grind 180-outs, Ollie down drops, and front side 180-over gaps…” I’m not even going to bother on commenting on this.
4. “…started talking to Smith, who was having problems landing the same jump…” Yes, because there are so many jumps within the park.
5. “…the skaters say they spend an average of 25 to 30 hours a week in Hoboken…” Yet somehow, the idiot next door who seems to be suffering so much that he drives a 5-Series BMW [who was one of the central reason why the ledge is skatestopped now, because he would constantly go out of his way to call the police and insist we were harassing him and also the one who suggested that the city installs a fence on top of the ledge] and the stupid mayor decide it would be best to continue bitching about it and replace it with a skatepark. Which not a single person that used to skate here goes to.

So I say, fuck the Hoboken skatepark, which is wholeheartedly responsible for this spot’s demise. We never bothered anyone here, and the mayor’s ten-year-old son, who would come here every once in a while and roll around is the central reason for why the city was provoked to make that stupid park (anything for the kids!), not to mention the reason for why this spot is skatestopped now. Lackawanna Park R.I.P.