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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.
The 5050 Skatepark, an 8,000-square-foot indoor park on Staten Island for skateboards, BMX bikes and scooters, rejiggered its passwords after being hit with a denial of service attack last fall that made its website unavailable. The skatepark, which generated $100,000 in revenue in 2014, attracts skateboarders from all over the world, said one of its founders, Edward Pollio. Having the website closed down was a blow to revenue, he said.
“The attack caused havoc,” said Mr. Pollio, who still has a day job as a carpenter. “People were asking if we were still in business. Not having a website is like being closed.”
Now, 5050 Skatepark is more strict about its passwords; it follows longstanding recommendations to use different ones for different accounts, like on Instagram and Twitter. And Mr. Pollio, who helped start the business with $50,000 of his own savings, monitors the site every day.
Employee training is also inexpensive, but important. Since most hacking episodes occur when employees click on malicious links or websites, education is the best defense, many security experts said.
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Hoi An Live at 5050 Skatepark
5050 Skatepark Presents Music Video Featuring Mike DiBenedetto and AJ Pantaleo of Bueno. Performing their drone piece “Hoi An” inside 5050 Skatepark.
All audio was recorded live to capture the ambiance and natural reverb of the space, along with full range of motion camera to produce a performance like no other.
AJ Pantaleo on Drums Mike DiBenedetto on Guitar.
Filmed at New York Cities Only Indoor Skatepark and the coolest event space.
Filmed by Matt Zambito, Charlie Quigley, Ed Pollio, AJ Pantaleo, Edited by Ed Pollio
Film/ Ed Pollio/Lucas/Danny Gotesky Edit by Lucas Rusinak Tommy Gillette
Riders are Turtle Wooten, Lucas Rusinak, Alex Avilla, Ed Pollio, Adam Hauck, and Marc Kachtan.
Check out this Edit by the 5050 Skatepark Crew Ed Pollio, Alex Avilla, Steve Quigley, and Marc Bupsy Kachtan.
Beat by Mr Green.
Edit by Ed Pollio.
Check out this NY1 piece done on 5050 Skatepark when we first open our Doors by Amanda Farinacci.
Who woulda thought that nestled between the Stapleton Houses and the bleak waterfront of Staten Island would be New York City’s best indoor DIY skatepark? Not us so we trooped out to Shaolin to see 5050 Skatepark for ourselves. It turns out it’s true! But it won’t last for long so do yourself a favor and get there while you can. #SupportLocal on dose!
354 Front St, Staten Island, NY 10304
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