The final installment of the QS year in review. Still have the Readers Poll results, Top 10 of the Year, etc. to get through :)
Suciu at the Yellow Rail • Photo by Greg Navarro 📷
“The heelflip to kickflip ratio is also an impressively well-balanced 9:10.” 4-Ply Mag crunched the numbers on Tyshawn’s “General” part. (on the off chance that you’re smarter than everyone else and don’t have Instagram, Thrasher also dropped an addendum Insta part.)
Tompkins Square Park — like all other skate spots, institutions, and thinktanks — is subject to the winds of time and generational shifts. The Tompkins of today is a different ecosystem of personality and obstacles than even the one that stood on the original Save Tompkins Day in 2019.
…much like that one is different from the immediate post-Autumn days when the lifespan of a box or rail would rarely exceed 72 hours.
…and that one was different from the post-9/11 years when it first became a buzzing central hub that exceeded the popularity of any traditional street spot.
…and that one was different from the Skate NYC days depicted in endlessly reposted nineties lore.
The Yellow Rail was by no means ever a famous spot. Apart from a very memorable Bobby Puleo backside nosegrind in Static II, it was more of a local stomping ground from the early-2000s for kids from the Upper West Side, Harlem and Morningside (shout out Jasonwear.) But if you ever skated it, you remembered it. Like the Bronze meme said: “If you ever skated this spot, you had an awesome childhood.”