Category Archives: Steve Herring

566: Steve Herring at The Barn…Jim Murphy,Dan Tag, Matt Padulo, Dave Padulo, JT Murphy, Jimmy Kane , Jay Henry

Steve Herring

The Barn NJ

Photo Deitz Brutha’s

Who’s on Deck

1.Jim Murphy 2. Dan Tag 3.Matt Padulo  4.Dave Padulo  5.JT Murphy 6.Jimmy Kane Jimmy Kane7.Jay Henry

Steve Herring Back Side Air Sooooo ummmm This is pretty Badass!

Can you name who’s on deck….I got the ball rolling a bit.

Yeah so Steve did those kinda killing it backside airs….

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531: Steve Herring at Impact Zone Brick NJ: Photos by Ken Salerno

Steve Herring Impact Zone Brick NJ

Photo Ken Salerno

Steve Herring Impact Zone Brick NJ

Photo Ken Salerno

Some cool pics from Ken Salerno sitting on my drive way too long. We are close to getting some video footage of Steve skating so I figured I would stoke the fire about Steve today. Anyone want to fill in the blanks about Steve feel free to add to the entry in the comment section.


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455: Steve Herring Frontside Smith Grind at The Barn…NJ- Who’s on Deck?

Steve Herring Frontside Smith Grind The Barn NJ circa 86?

Welcome to all out new found viewers/readers….Meet Steve Herring, he rips.

That is all…


PS Anyone wanna guess who is on deck?…..I do not know.

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237: Jeremy Henderson The Godfather of NYC skatebarding 1989 Thompkins square park contest, photos by I Ching. Shut Skates NYC Rodney Smith fills us in.

Jeremy NYC Henderson The House of Steam I CHING

Jeremy Henderson Boardslide 1989 Tompkins square park NYC

Jeremy Henderson NYC I CHING The House of Steam wall ride

Jeremy Henderson Wall Ride 1989 Tompkins square park NYC

Photo’s I Ching

Jason Oliva The House of Steam
Ok so these photos from Irene Ching are too cool!!

NYC’s Jeremy Henderson, Barn Ramp Local and Godfather of NY Skate competing in 1989.

For all the skate historians touring NYC, Tompkins Square park is between 7th and 10th, and Avenue’s A and B in what used to be lovingly referred to as Alphabet city. Along with this seminal skating event the park is also infamous for the Tompkins Square park police riot(1988). Not many people remember this bit of NYC history. I do because myself and Chris “Weepy” Blank happened to be in the riots attendance. We where walking home (Chris’s Mother had recently moved into one of the near by re gentrified apartments) after attending a Danzig (hell yeah!) show at The Ritz and found ourselves in a bit of Chaos. A lot about that neighborhood has changed since then it was in 1989 when The Ritz moved uptown and Tompkins Square park till this day is still closed every night to the public (seriously do not cross that park at night, it will earn you a one way ticket to a police holding cell)

I am not gonna say much here about these pictures. Hopefully Irene Ching and her NYC Crew can chime in with more detail. Maybe Rodney Smith of Shut skates will add a thing or two as well. (Oh look, he has!!)



I’ll do my best to keep you updated on NYC. The SHUT shop will open in three or less weeks. It will be located at 158 Orchard street between Stanton and Rivington.
Our office is in the basement. Come check us out when your in the city.

The photos you have are from back in 1989. Shut and Skate NYC ( a now de-funkt shop that was located in L.E.S. ) held an Am. contest in Tompkins Square park. It was in association with the parks dept. Because of the parks departments willingness to support skate boarding at the time, this contest was legendary and laid the groundwork for skate parks in NYC.

Not trying to take anything away from Kessler ( Riverside wasn’t the first NYC skate park). After the contest these ramps were placed ( thanks to the parks dept.) in Malally park ( in the Bronx near Yankee stadium) and designated as the first skate park in NYC.

The contest was pretty big and got written up in THRASHER. Shut also received it’s first cover, which Henderson got at the banks.

Jeremy Henderson NYC SHUT Thrasher cover October 1989

The Parks dept. commissioner Bill Castro put up the money up, gave the “ Go ahead” and the Shut squad built the course. This was the biggest step toward skaters no longer being labeled as a “menace to society”. The parks dept. was keeping a close watch on the activities. None the less we kept shit in order and impressed the City officials.

We invited some of the top Am riders from Cali ( H-Street, Schmitt stix, Circle-A, Z etc…) as well as the mid –west and east coast. Bryce Kanights and Bill Thomas shot the flicks.
Some notable riders included Danny Sargeant , Brian Lotti, Carl Schultz, Steve teague , , Jeff Toma and the entire Shut team.

1989 was also the same year Darren “Team Steam’s Moose” Menditto , Steve Herring and seven Shut boys made the NSA eastern district finals for Vert and street.



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Nice one Rodney!!

Big thanks and best of luck with SHUT’s NYC Flagship operation. I know we will all be hanging out there soon.

Keep checking in for News and pictures from the Upcoming SHUT shop grand opening and as always go to for all your skating news.

Its vacation time!! See everyone in a week or so…. keep the emails flowing


201: Vintage Skate Video from the 80s, Jim Murphy, Steve Herring

177: The House of Steam Year One Video

149: Derek Rinaldi speaking about the East Coast

Derek Rinaldi Manahawkin 1990 jason oliva the house of steam

Derek Rinaldi Manahawkin, NJ 1990
This was one of the funnest parks (Manahawkin)in NJ. Masonite pool with real
pool coping, mini ramps. et. I forget the guys names who ran it but
they were some of the nicest people ever.

Derek Rinaldi Thradher 1990 jason oliva the house of steam

Thrasher Magazine 1990

photo Ken Salerno

My info ;

Name: Derek Rinaldi

Age: 38 As of May 29

Years skating 23 years

Sponsors over the years – SHUT, G&S,Think, Vision Street Wear, Venture Truck, Spitfire Wheels

First contest Westwood cycle – Steve Rocco & Gonzales judged

Favorite terrain – Bad transitions

General NJ skate words.

The late 80’s were a great time to be a skateboarder in south jersey. One summer a couple kids had build a vert ramp in Silverton NJ, not far from my house in Ortley Beach. At the same time a public swimming pool had been closed and abandoned only a few miles from the ramp in Brick. Not to mention the endless street skating by the beach. It was more than enough to keep a hand full of skinny skaters out of trouble.

And then the migration came. First Mike Vallely and friends were making regular visits to the shore. Jim Murphy, Jef Hartsel & Brad Constable were caravanning down the parkway with Darren Menditto and Steve Herring at the silverton ramp and brick pool. We were alive. We’d been riding this terrain for days on days doing the same tricks. Our eyes were open. Next thing we knew our local ramp and pool were in the pages of Thrasher Magazine. From this summer on, we’d be making regular trips to the Blue Ramp, The barn ramp, Ocean City Md. & New York City. The transformation was on. From street hangers to world travelers. Friendships were made that have stretched years. The skating that went on in NJ during those years were, i believe, some of the most important in East Coast skate history

True Dat Derek! (Say hello to Derek at MySpace.. He always has a good tune goin)

I was going to make a big elaborate post inserting pictures here an there for this but I figures whats the rush! Lets spread it all out. Recently Derek along with Uber Thrasher Photographer Ken Salerno have become key contributors to The House of Steam project. The only thing I have to say about it is I could not be happier…Me hardrive is a swelling wit images of the Golden Age and I am looking forward to bringing them all to you.

So in honor of all that Derek you get THOS long weekend slot (Im going to Eccles Beach, UK…google earth me I’ll be the one lying in the sand in my jumper) i’ll be AFK till Monday.

So dont forget our brand new forums!!! Thanks to all those registered and posting.

and look forward to some sick pic history from Derek’s personal stash.

PS I have received alot of great stuff lately and it will all make it into the archive (trust me) I got to get it all outta email onto the compy then wrap my head around it…So please keep it coming..Let The House of Steam sort it out.

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