Turn On The Lights

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.

The Back of Union

NY Skateboarding posted the exact same clips yesterday, so please pardon any redundancy.

Falling in line with other archival treasures that surfaced earlier this year, here are two great lifestyle-ish skate clips featuring Harold Hunter, Rodney Torres, Steve Rodriguez, and others. They cover a wide array of nostalgia points: excellent sneaker choices that would be seen as “retro” should they be worn today, the swooshy Adidas track pants that the 90s were quite fond of, a fence-lacking Banks wall, the original “Back of Union,” and perhaps most notable for those who enjoy making their lungs black, a $2.35 price-tag on a pack of cigarettes. It is also good to know that Rodney was capable of 360 flip lipsliding a handrail fifteen-years ago. Can’t say anyone should be nostalgic for skating in Northface jackets with snow on the ground though…

Check out Manolo’s channel on YouTube for more clips. (Not to be confused with the guy who does all the re-edits.) There’s almost seventy of them and they cover about fifteen years of footage.

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Happy 1017

Go make some money today.

KCDC is releasing a video next month. Teaser here. The most exciting part, beyond the cast list (Dan Carrerio, Derick Ziemkiewicz, Myra Gallegos, Billy Mcfeely, Dan King, Rob Gonyon, Danny Falla, Bill Pierce, and what will inevitably be a plethora of cameos), is that the teaser was uploaded on the legendary Mark Markenson Vimeo account, home of the Sognar video.

Good news: The city fixed the ground at Columbus Park, but didn’t touch any of the skateable obstacles. Hopefully, they add some good benches.

Somebody does one of the more creative tricks at Marcus Garvery in this teaser for an upcoming Chicago/New York video. It’s cooler than the 957,573rd backside feeble grind probably being filmed there right now.

In other impressive local spot trick news, someone does a sick hardflip into that sketchy hill under the Long Island Expressway in this extras clip from the Dimestore video. It cuts out before riding into traffic, so it might technically not count.

Are Lakais ever acceptable footwear for aspiring NYC socialite-skaters?”

Pretty late on everything else, but in case you missed these:

Paulgar Blackberry cam montage featuring Brad Cromer, Jake Johnson, and Brengar at a karaoke bar. “Blackberrys are like the VX1000 of cell phone cameras, iPhones are HD.”

This brief profile on Autumn unfortunately does not run down any of the prominent nicknames of East Village skateboard staples, or call out any of the people who have slept there for prolonged periods of time.

First set-up, first video watched, first sponsor, and other firsts with the King of Flushing, Rodney Torres.

This shouldn’t be news to anyone, but West 4th is insane sometimes. Like, sketchiest-part-of-New-York insane, given a wrong night.

Quote of the Week: “I’m like the ‘Captain Save a Hoe‘ of skateboarding. I pick the worst possible spots and put too much effort into trying to skate them.” — Torey Goodall, in reference to skating this hell hole

Free Gucci.

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