Just Because

Wasn’t expecting this substantial of evidence towards the theory of #fashion taking over our spaces after we leave them to emerge quite this unsubtly + quite this fast.

Transworld has a a new Carl Aikens Gang Corp part up on their website, put together by Naquan Rollings. Pretty different to see an all longlens New York section.

Colin Sussingham gives the background stories on a few shots from his new book, Boys: A Decade of Skateboarding in NYC. The book is now up for sale on his site + there is a launch party tomorrow (September 17) @ Sisters Gallery from 7-10 P.M. Flyer with all the details here.

Someone scoured every IG story, every outtake, and every other cutty corner of the internet for every single Nik Stain clip in existence to make this Instagram compilation of his recent footage.

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The First Annual Tompkins Reunion — A Gallery

Still can’t believe it ♥

Thanks everyone for making this happen, and everyone who made it out to the rally-turnt-party on Saturday. This park is truly a magical place — we should do a similar meet-up at the end of every summer until we all dead ‘n shit :)

Wrote the full update about the turf getting called off here, if you’re just joining us.

Photos by Jason Lecras. Ok, this is the third post in a row about it, so will shut up for a while hehe.

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2014. Photo by Emilio Cuilan.

Truly elated that we can begin a Monday Links round-up as we close out the summer without a link to a petition ♥ There’ll definitely be some formal news coverage of the day — which turned into a T.F. reunion rather than a rally — but caught this slideshow from Eric Cruz on IG earlier if you’re looking for pics. We should do a T.F. reunion the Saturday after every Labor Day every year, no? Like Bastille Day, but for Tompkins.

Tyshawn Jones is on i-D magazine’s cover this month, and they put their feature with him online.

The governor of New Jersey has been making the media rounds as of late. Fred Gall is the guest on honor on The Bunt‘s season finale.

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#TFREPORT: Tompkins Square Park Is Saved

Was going to write something yesterday, but was too overwhelmed once the news broke + everyone caught wind of it on social channels first.

At around 4 P.M. yesterday, Manhattan Parks Commissioner, William Castro (who actually funded the ramps at the 1989 Shut contest at Tompkins), reached out to say that the Parks Department will NOT be installing turf over the asphalt at the northeast corner of Tompkins Square Park A.K.A. the T.F.

We all low-key couldn’t believe this too-good-to-be-true news. Then, Patch — the same source from which we learned the park was getting turfed in the first place — got a statement from Parks spokesperson, Crystal Howard: “Tompkins Square Park has served as the epicenter of NYC skateboard culture for decades, as such, we have decided to leave the area previously proposed for synthetic in the park as is, and will not move forward with creating a synthetic turf area there.”

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If you can’t make it out on Saturday, don’t forget to help circulate the petition to keep turf off the asphalt at Tompkins Square Park. If you’re sharing any reflections or memories of what this park means to you on social media, please be sure to tag any posts with #savetompkins.

“One thing Jones has that a lot of pro skaters don’t is a bunch of hardheaded friends who are willing to bring city life to a halt for him.” Can’t imagine there’s a single person who reads QS that hasn’t already read Willy Staley’s incredible profile of Tyshawn Jones for The New York Times, but also don’t think anything else could justifiably be the first link this week.

“The further uptown you went, the quieter and more desolate it was. And the more you could get away with.” While on the topic of #MSM #skate #coverage — never knew about this 2005 New York Mag article about Andy Kessler and the original Zoo York crew of the 1970s-80s. (So nice that we have evolved and endured enough to avoid calling things “Dogtown East” now hehe.)

Eli Gesner found this 1995 clip of Peter Bici skating in front of the Met at 6 A.M. Wonder what club they had just left ;)

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