It was a great year for skateboarding — especially in New York, but also beyond — despite being especially rough on humans otherwise. Let’s get this one rolling :)
This whole Occupy Wall Street thing is making skateboarding in a major city more annoying than it already is. Initially, we commended their idealistic goals and the nobility of being disruptive for the sake of making a point, and even sought to adopt their model for matters more closely related to skating, but that’s over. Protesting for the rights of “the 99%” is cool and all, but please, for the love of God, choose a space that doesn’t have good ledges in it. You might annoy a few stockbrokers with your kitschy signs and “Kumbaya” chants, but you’re pissing us off way more.
New York: How are you going to get kicked out of one skate spot (Zuccotti), and then go seven blocks up the street to another skate spot (Foley Square / Black Hubba)? This isn’t “Go Skateboarding Day,” and all of you aren’t sixteen-years-old and on skateboards. All the bums/junkies taking up temporary residence among Zuccotti protesters probably licked all the wax off the ledges by now, and that place is surely destined to be even more of a colossal bust once the weather hits below freezing and this is all over.
Philadelphia: They’re camped out all over City Hall, but at least skateboarders have started to fight back. And who the hell brings a movable children’s playpen to an “Occupy” protest? You’re raising your kids in a tent at City Hall?
Minneapolis: Yet again, one of the city’s best spots became an “Occupy” tent city. It’s 27 degrees in Minneapolis right now, so that one will probably last right up to the point when you can’t actually skate until spring.
Do what you do — we’re cool with you trying to end the Federal Reserve because it’ll make skating the best gap in downtown Manhattan way easier, and hopefully, if you succeed, major scenes from Die Hard With a Vengeance might become realities. Only like six skateboarders are a part of the 1% (I see you Nyjah), so there’s no reason Occupy Wall Street should be making our lives more difficult. The New York Parks Department’s website says there are 1700 public spaces in the city. Most of those don’t have marble ledges. Have fun at any of those you want.