5050 Skate Park Staten Island is the only indoor skate park in NYC, family owned and operated, and much more than just a skatepark. Interview and photos of owner/founder/builder Ed 5050, by Aaron Nardi.
Aaron: What’s going on with Staten Island lately? It’s coming up like a new WBBK?
Ed 5050: Staten Island, aka Shaolin is in a mini boom, especially on the North Shore Area – St George, Tompkinsville, and my neighborhood of Stapleton. Small brands like 5050 Skate park, Cobra Sun Studio, Richmond Hood, Flagship Brewery, Techbox, Makerspace and restaurants like Beso, 120 Bay Cafe(AKA Cargo), Craft House and Pier 76 are just some of the new hip businesses that are drawing some serious crowds. Investment companies are noticing the change people have been waiting for is finally happening. Our businesses bring people from all over NYC to the North Shore of Staten Island. For example, 5050 Skate park has over 4,000 registered attendees from 14 counties and 32 States.
We Staten Islander’s hate being compared to Brooklyn. We don’t want our island to be like Brooklyn, and if we did we would move there. Most Staten Islander’s left Brooklyn because they couldn’t find parking.
Jeff With Glasses hails from New Jersey, where’s been steadily killing the streets for years with an unmatched eye for setups and the mastery of crooked and 60/40 grinds. If you haven’t seen theLFS 2 video yet, you’re seriously missing out—on Jeff’s ender section and the whole video in general. However, GT did see the video, and they got him on the team. Hopefully with the boost from GT, we’ll be seeing a lot of JWG. But for now, check out his street certified BMX bicycle.
Frame: GT Team Frame 20.75”
Fork: Odyssey R32
Bars: GT Original 4 Piece 8.6” rise
Stem: Animal 10th Anniversary Topload
Grips: Animal Edwin
Barends: Animal (metal)
Headset: Revenge Industries
Seat: Kink Sexton
Pedals: Animal Hamilton (sealed)
Cranks: Animal Akimbo 175mm
Sprocket: Profile Blackjack 28-tooth
Chain: Shadow Conspiracy Supreme Interlock
Front Tire: Animal GLH 2.25”
Front Wheel: Odyssey 7KA laced to Shadow Hub w/ GSport hub guards
Rear Tire: Animal GLH 2.25”
Rear Wheel: Odyssey 7KA laced to Primo Pro LHD cassette w/ Primo hub guards
Pegs: 4 Animal Lino OG 4.5”
Would you mind describing/explaining LFS for anyone reading this who isn’t familiar yet?
Looking For Spots (LFS) is a BMX crew consisting of a few shredders from NJ and Staten Island, NY. Everyone on the team works pretty hard searching for new spots and setups to ride while going to college full-time and/or working 40+ hours at a real job. So far as a crew, we have generated three full length DVDs and have just begun to film for the fourth. The age demographic of the crew ranges from 19 to 30 years old, which shows in our riding styles from the young tech masters like Smallfry and Mike K. to older spot slayers like Doroba and Dan Diehl. The dynamics of our personal riding styles and spot preferences keeps us constantly inspired by each other. We, as a crew, all strive to preserve and continue to influence the east coast riding scene as best we can.
Micah Kranz is pushing the BMX Sport give this interview a watch!
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Competitive yet comradely, skate culture is the hidden spring of a surprising number of Philly’s creative fields. And creating a safe place in town where skaters can “pop ollies” is a passion for Josh Nims. A decade ago, skateboarders in Philadelphia were under attack. A ban on skating in LOVE Park, the internationally renowned shredding paradise, turned the city’s public spaces into dangerous ground. But just as the movement against skateboarding gained momentum, an advocacy group sprung into action. Since 2000, Josh has been working with the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, along with co-founders Bryan Lathrop and Brian Nugent, to build and advocate for skateparks. It’s a skillset that combines a talent for raising money, a taste for politics and city planning, and a knack for community building. Today, Paine’s Park is a meeting place for the city and one of Philadelphia’s finest and most inclusive public spaces.
Josh Nims is a lifelong skateboarder with an affinity for politics and city planning. He is co-founder of the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund and operations manager for the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, where he works to revitalize and redevelop the lower Schuylkill River and reconnect it to Philadelphia’s urban core.
Watch AJ Pantaleo and Mike DiBenedetto talk about how they got into Music and what their future plans our.
Oliver Percovich first skated in an empty pool at the age of six, while growing up in Papua New Guinea. In 2007 Oliver moved to Afghanistan from Australia when his girlfriend took a job in Kabul.
Bored, he would skate the beleaguered city, and became a sort of pied half-piper, attracting street kids that would follow him around and ask for rides. Shortly after, Oliver founded Skateistan, a grassroots ‘Sport for Development’ project on the streets of Kabul.
Today, Skateistan is now an award-winning international organisation with projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. The organisation is the first international development initiative to combine skateboarding with educational outcomes. Skateistan is non-political, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds, offering both skating and general education classes for over 1000 boys and girls each week.
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