The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2011: 25-21

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25. The Blue Flatbar Shatters the Record for the Longest a Loose Obstacle Has Been Left at Tompkins

Every skateboarder in New York is guilty of having once been too lazy to return a box or rail back to Autumn after it gets dark. Neglecting to bring the box back is so common that we deliberately left it off our Tompkins etiquette guide. If the Parks Department held on to all the obstacles they have removed from the park over the last ten years, then they easily have the capability of furnishing every basketball court and concrete baseball diamond in New York with at least one box and flatbar. The historical average for the longest an obstacle has been able to remain loose in Tompkins Square without confiscation is roughly 10.2 hours. This past November, amidst the 12th & A lockout, the blue flatbar was brought to the T.F. and lasted an unprecedented three weeks before being taken by the Parks Department and thrown in a trash compactor. It is quite possible that this record will never be broken.

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Black Dave: A Young Black Entrepreneur

“It’s a groundbreaking moment for New York City skateboarding.” — Pryce Holmes

Yaje was the first first-generation Tompkins skater to have a multi-page interview in a major magazine this year, but Black Dave might have just outdone his recent accomplishment by being the first first-generation Tompkins skater to be featured on WorldStar AND VLAD TV in the same day. That’s like having an interview in Skateboarder and The Skateboard Mag in the same month. Probably even better.

Though the video for “Black Donald Trump” may not have enough skateboarding in it to merit “Rap Video Skate Part” status (only a backside lipslide and a bank channel gap ollie at the Tribeca Park), it has plenty of highlights as a mere non-skate rap video. Dave finally puts the rumors aside and goes public about his relationship with Sarah Michelle Gellar, sets a proper example for the Tompkins youth by denouncing cocaine and pill usage, and even tackles racial issues, reminding us that Danny Glover’s days of being discriminated by taxi cab drivers are not yet behind our post-Obama society.

Almost ten years ago, 50 Cent was marketed as a superior product among the hip-hop landscape because he really did get shot nine times. Today, in an age when skateboarding is often Elmer’s glued onto a rapper’s image for a presumed increase in viability, Black Dave will rise above the rest because he really can skateboard. A&Rs, get those contracts ready.

(A remix with Smif-N-Wessun and Raekwon is rumored to be on the way.)

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