This week I’ve found a bunch of random photos floating around on hard drives from different years but with the common thread of being shot in the 5 boros of NYC. Actually just Brooklyn and the Bronx. Have a look.
Jason Adams - Ollie. This was from a trip Pat Smith put together while filming for Label Kills back in 2000 or 2001. We drove from DC to Chicago, back to DC and up to New York. This was shot at 7th St. and Kent Ave in Brooklyn where now you can find a picturesque park with green grass hipsters galore and lots of cops. No Dogs Allowed. Needless to say it's changed a lot since then. You can see the twin towers still standing on the left side in the background.
Stefan Janoski - Switch nosegrind. This was shot while working on an interview with Stefan for Skateboarder in 2009. The spot is under the Brooklyn Bridge and though it has had quite a few tricks go down, it's a lot harder to skate than people think. More often than not you go home empty handed.
Quim Cardona - Wallie backside 180. Someone cemented this barrier next to the Williamsburg Bridge and one evening while Quim and I were driving around trying to think of a good photo spot we came across this. He handled this trick in just a few tries with the sun setting and with the style that only Quim has. Late 2007.
Silas Baxter-Neal - front crook. Another Brooklyn spot that is way harder to skate than you might think. It does make for a nice photo at sunset though. We shot this in 2010.
Jason Dill - 5-0. Dill will always find a spot. No matter how unlikely it seems that there is anything to skate where you are, he will make it happen. New York is perfect for finding random one hit wonders and this is a perfect example. Driving around Brooklyn one day with Jon Holland and Dill, he pointed out the window and said he was going to 5-0 this bar. We set up and he did within a few minutes.
Aaron Suski - kickflip. This spot has been pretty blown out. It's by my old apartment and for a while I wanted to bring Jake Johnson here to frontsite 180 it. That was before someone cut the top bar off. But now people can actually skate the thing which is good too. Suski was the first to flip over it. 2010.
Rob Pluhowski - Ollie gone wrong. I should have called this series "Brooklyn" not "New York" because this is the only photo this week not shot there. It's from the Bronx while Rob was filming for Mosaic. It was one of those long "Car Daze" days. When it just seems like nothing is going your way and you wish you'd taken the train. We turned a corner and saw this spot with Rob's name written all over it. He jumped out of the car and without warming up at all just went for it. He ended up wholly in the puddle and laughing along with about 10 local kids who thought it was the best thing they had ever seen in their lives. He got up and did it but I think only the slam made it into the video. 2003ish.
Zered Bassett - Ollie. This was shot in the Autumn Bowl a few months before they had to tear it down. The bowl was host to many crazy parties and skate sessions and is missed by many. Zered blasts a huge ollie while rain water dripped in all around him.
Tony Trujillo - Method. This was in front of the old KCDC skateshop in Williamsburg Brooklyn. I think it was the first day of the first King of the Road trip in 2004. I shot it with my T4 point and shoot and got lucky. I remember being blown away by how high he was getting and still going for it every try.