This 1960′s Skateboarding photos shows the New York Skate Scene in such a different light. The photos from LIFE magazine capture smiles from young New Yorker’s on the streets of Manhattan and Central Park before the drugs and violence that came in 70′s & 80′s took over.
This weeks Mathhattan Photo of the week is this man Jogging with out a shirt in Central Park the day after the Blizzard of the century called Nemo. The Blizzard did not live up to its hype in the Borough of Manhattan as Central Park recorded 11 inches of snow.
SUNSHINE REBELS is a documentary about The Central Park Scene in the 1970s and the peopele involved who became known as the Parkies” who where involved in graffiti, skating, music and freestyle frisbee.
Wild Style graffiti was born at the Bandshell with legendary graffiti clubs The Rolling Thunder Writers, Soul Artists and The Rebels. Members of the original ZOO YORK (“Dogtown East”) skateboard team were Parkies. Bandshell musicians tried and tested new, emerging music, and many went on to play with celebrated bands such as the B52s, Stray Cats, Tito Puente and others. Billy Squire also came out of the Bandshell. And three members of the Parkie clan were world-champion freestyle Frisbee players, people like Kerry Kollmar, who changed the sport forever when he invented the “nail-delay” and “tapping”.
A Central Park Carriage Horse collapsed and died in Midtown Manhattan on West 54th St. Sunday morning.
“The ASPCA has long believed that carriage horses were never meant to live and work in today’s urban setting,” Wolf said.
A tarp was placed over the horse’s body. (Elizabeth Forel/Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages.)
“A healthy horse doesn’t just die on the street,” said Elizabeth Forel of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. “We are asking for an investigation.”
The ASPCA said a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Jason Schneider a amateur comedian can be found in Central Park carrying a large sign advertising “$1 Jokes
I am not making $140 a day. I make more like 60-80 on a weekday and about 100-120 on a weekend. On the first day people were so pleased with uniqueness of the idea and my courage in implementing it that they tipped tremendously in encouragement.
The “guaranteed” portion of the sign means he has to sporadically give refunds. Note to Park goers, stop being so cheap; it’s a dollar for some whimsy.
I rarely give refunds these days but I am still willing to and occasionally force people to take their money back if they truly do not laugh at all. In the beginning I also rarely gave refunds but much more than I am now.
He’s still looking for employment opportunities, but he’s able to support himself and be his own boss for now.
I am still looking for a steady and better paying comedy job, but this joke gig is full time and between it and stand-up comedy work I am able to pay my bills. Also, I am very happy to be working outside and to be my own boss.”
Now i gotta watch my back for racist surbuban white kids who dress like thier a minority at south Central Park while i am drinking my juice.
A suburban teenager was apprehended for the Central Park robbery spree that began just before midnight on Wednesday night. Jesse Wasserman, an 18-year-old New Rochelle resident, was identified by three victims, while his accomplice is still at large. Apparently they would pretend to be lost and ask for directions: “Once the victims were distracted, one suspect would pull out a gun while the other suspect would rob them.”
One of the victims told the Post, “I was riding my bicycle on East Drive around 11:35 at night. Two guys approached me and asked for directions. One of them pulled out a gun and said, ‘Drop your bike and give me your money.’ I didn’t have any money so I dropped my bike and ran.” The Post, which adds that Wasserman once attended the $42,500/year Vermont Academy, reports the other robberies were at East 84th Street (a wallet and cellphone were taken) and near East 81st Street (the haul: a backpack, cellphone, credit cards and jewelry).
Wasserman was nabbed when a person called the police, suspicious that Wasserman had thrown a backpack into the trash. According to the Post, Wasserman was with Driton Rexhaj, 19, a Manhattan resident, but Rexhaj was released because none of the victims id’d him. None of the victims were injured; police did find a rubber gun.
A former classmate of Wasserman’s said he was “a stuck-up rich boy who had everything going for him and thought he lived a different life. He thought he was cool… Jesse had this vision of himself that he was a gangsta from Harlem, when actually, he was from a rich part of New York.”
2010_07_robbery.jpg According to the police, two armed teenagers held up three men in Central Park last night, with their robbery spree beginning just before midnight. WABC 7 reports that the incidents occurred over 30 minutes, starting at East 84th Street and East Drive: “The suspects, ages 17 and 19, were arrested after police flooded the park following the spree… Police say one of the teens held a gun while the other robbed the victims. The suspects took a bicycle, cell phones, a wallet, a backpack, glasses and sneakers.” According to NYPD crime stats (PDF), there have been 16 robberies in Central Park so far this year, which is 23% more than last year and 33% over 2008.