March 27 – April 19
Opening Night: March 27, 6-9PM
New York City

(Exact Location TBA)


On August 4, 2014, a Brooklyn apartment building was evacuated after cracks were discovered in the facade caused by a construction company working next door. The chaos of this evacuation provided an opportunity for RAE to re-enter the building where he once had a studio and reclaim from the basement a trunk, which had been detained there for four years by his then-landlord.
Four years earlier, RAE was forcibly removed from his studio because of tenant complaints related to his artistic practices in the building. He was refused his security deposit and barred from accessing the building, which prevented him from retrieving the trunk that had been housing his artwork, important sketches and other personal items. Despite numerous attempts to recover the trunk, it remained there until the evacuation of the building.
On March 27th, from 6-9pm the opening of “Trunk Work” will take place in an undisclosed location*. This exhibit will chronicle the series of events related to this incident and present recovered works alongside recent works that were developed from preliminary sketches and materials left in the trunk.
*The exact location of this exhibit will be announced closer to the opening date.

Is Stapleton slowly moving toward upscale cool?

nws-stapleton Photo by Virgini Sherry

Check out the write up about Stapleton and 5050 Skatepark here.

Mike Shane’s Fire Sale edit

Staten Island photographer Mike Shane‘s “Fire Sale” was a bona fide success, attracting a genuinely diverse all-ages audience —€” and we’re not just talking teens and 20-somethings here. Everyone from fourth-graders in skate helmets to senior citizens showed up to bid on Shane’s evocative, mostly black-and-white, works of art.

“Fire Sale” — a hybrid of visuals, DJ danceteria, live music and neo-vaudeville side show — was geared as an “Everything Must Go!” way to raise funds for Shane’s future photographic adventures as he expands his horizons beyond the borough.

Live performances by Tache De La Roche (New Orleans) and Pussywolf (NYC).

Song: Rising Sun All Stars – I Want You
Film/Edit by Brandon Bermudez Films.

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5050 Skatepark Slideshow Photos

5050 Skatepark Slideshow photos. If you have ever been to 5050 Skatepark, you may have made it in here! Check out pictures from as far back as the designing of the original park!

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Thanks to all the photographers and especially you for supporting us!

Photos by Rob Dolecki, Mike Shane, Nick Jones, Krispher Johnson, Chris Marshall, Ed Pollio, Angelica Popolano,Tom Grunwald, Alexis Herrera, BREATHEcast, Refinery29, Tom Nazzaro, Valentino Scaramella, Rich Vossler, Paula Lobo, Gina Sherry, Lauren Steussy, Scott Marceau, Jay Maldonado, Carol Mittelsdorf, Michael Irving, Eric Isakson, and Margie Soto


5050 Skatepark on NY1

NY Times Article on 5050 Skatepark

NY Times 6For the skaters of New York, winter was particularly cruel: Gray snow forming crust on skateable surfaces, railings glazed by ice. And all that wetness just destroys your bearings.

The savvier skateboarders and scooter riders, or at least those who want to practice their tricks in a more hospitable climate, might head to Stapleton, on Staten Island, where 5050 Skatepark opens early and closes late. It’s just over 8,000 square feet of ramps, rails and obstacles under one roof.

On a Saturday not long ago, a gaggle of boys in candy-colored helmets scootered past a lurid mural of Miley Cyrus, her tongue replaced by an octopus tentacle. Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” was blasting from speakers overhead, and as they ground rails and spun off the ramps, they sang along.

Most of 5050’s patrons are on BMX bikes or scooters. But these aren’t just toy-store scooters. They are scooters with Phoenix, Proto and Tilt parts, and they can cost $500.

At most skate parks in New York, scooter riders seem to be in a somewhat lower caste, usually tolerated grudgingly. But at 5050, scooter culture rules among the younger set, and there are many levels of mastery. Some work on their hops and twirls (“You can only hop!” is an insult on the floor); others are more advanced.

Take Peter Piccolino, 13, who has been riding his scooter for about two years. “I’m actually really well known around here,” he said. “If you ask anyone around here, they’ll tell you how good I am.”

Peter comes to 5050 with his own videographer, a friend who records him doing difficult tricks, including a kickless rewind to a 360 bar rewind, which happens too fast for the uninitiated to fully comprehend. When he wipes out and scrapes his arm, the videographer goes in for a close-up of the wound — it might have YouTube potential.

Nonetheless, most 5050 patrons will attest that the atmosphere is noncompetitive. Joe Iovino, 13, has been a scooter rider for six months and has learned “never to give up.” At 5050, other riders are always helping him with tricks, he said. And when he falls? “People help me up.”

The skate park was opened in July 2012 by Angelica Popolano, 25, and her boyfriend, Ed Pollio, 32. Mr. Pollio, who owns a construction business, builds all the ramps; Ms. Popolano handles the business side. The name 5050 refers to a classic skateboard trick. It also signifies equality, Ms. Popolano said, since she and Mr. Pollio each own half of the business. (Ms. Popolano was a women’s studies major at the College of Staten Island.)

Ms. Popolano is clearly the doyenne of 5050. Young men on scooters whizzing past salute her: “Hi, Angelica!” She knows everyone’s name.

The couple set out to open 5050 after Staten Island’s Ben Soto Skatepark, named after a fallen Marine and friend of Mr. Pollio’s, was closed by the city parks department in 2011. (A greatly reduced version reopened later that year.) It took Ms. Popolano and Mr. Pollio eight months to find a spot to lease, and as soon as they signed, they started building ramps. Apart from the required helmets, there aren’t many rules at 5050. Use of foul language is discouraged. A full-day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 3 to 9 p.m. on school days, costs from $12 to $20. Ms. Popolano prefers that everyone hang up their coats.

Hannah Lonergan, 14, recently started helping out at 5050, assisting at the front desk and with birthday parties. In addition to Ms. Popolano, she is one of the few female presences in the building, and she says the atmosphere is sometimes intimidating.

Still, she said 5050 is like a family to her. “I’d be in a bad mood and I’d come here and be so much happier,” she said. “I think it’s the same with a lot of kids here. They can just ride and be free.”

“It’s like our second home,” she added. “Except it’s really cold sometimes. And dusty.”

Read the whole Story Here.


5050 Skatepark Song Promo

5050 Skatepark Song Promo
Ed Pollio Reached out to Chris Reinch Founder of Projectivity to make a song for 5050 Skatepark. Check out the promo here.

Big thanks to Josh Glazer
​Chris Reinsch

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