Category Archives: 34th and 12th NYC Park

280: Deathbox to Downtown: The Evolution of Skateboarding in New York premier with Derek Rinaldi

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Ok this would have been fun to attend but alas I am an ocean away. Lucky for us I have my eyes an ears (Oil )Derek Rinaldi. Here are some words and a gallery of whose who pictures from Derek. Congrats to Rick and Buddy sounds like their three year labor of love is a big hit. Cannot wait to see it!!


So maybe it’s getting old. All this remembering, talking about the good old days, with websites blogs and magazines dedicated to how things used to be. How it was when I/we were young. Maybe we are spending too much time in the past. Maybe we are missing something in our present by doing so.
But then again, maybe, in the chaos that is adult life. It’s healthy to remember what made you happy growing up, what made you who you are. The things we remember most, before the families happened, before everyone moved away. Time goes by, days lose their face and, the years, they add up so quickly that by the time you have time to look back….
But what would you do if you could go back in time? What if you could see all of your old friends in one place.? What if the images weren’t just in your mind? But organized, and a soundtrack put to it and words narrated. What would you call a place? I’d call it heaven. And for 48 hours, this week, in New York City, it was close to it.
For three years, Rick Charnoski & Coan “Buddy” Nichols had been laboring on a project documenting the history of skateboarding in New York City.
Fast forward to Thursday night at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center where even the guest list line wrapped around the building. The courtyard was filled with reunions. Skaters, Photographers, Old friends. The following night there was a special gallery installation celebrating the release of the film, curated by Ivory Serra. It featured photographic history of skateboarding in New York City as well as artwork selected by Jeremy Hendersen from the Stanton St. Vault and live music by Alex Blake Quartet.
Deathbox To Downtown is more than just a historical timeline. It’s more than a movie. It is a direct connection to New York’s skateboard and cultural past and I am thankful to have been apart of it then and now.
Derek Rinaldi

242: No Way, It’s Jay presents -“Skating on the Hudson River”

No Way Its Jay Henry The House of Steam

No Way, It’s Jay presents –

“Skating on the Hudson River”

Well, I haven’t been able to get out of town for the last few weeks, but I did go skate last weekend at this little park on 34th and 12th Ave on the West Sigh-eed. Yeah, it’s right up there in Midtown Manhattan, and it’s got a pretty decent bowl along with some other crap. It really has a nice view of the river including the helicopter landing pad for the choppers giving tours. They take off right next to the bowl all day long, its so freaking New York I love it! The cruise ships go by and you can see New Jersey on the other side, it was a sight to behold. The bowl is about 5 feet deep in the shallow end and then goes down to about 10 feet deep in the deep end. I was able to carve it a little and even busted out some layback airs. I wasn’t that eventful of a day but it was nice just to be able to take a short subway ride from my house to skate in the middle of the city and grind pool coping. Enjoy the pics, and stayed tuned for the next show!

Jay Henry NYC

Jay henry Layback air NYC (Westside Highway) 2007

John Fudela NYC

John Fudela NYC (Westside Highway) Frontside Rock n Roll 2007

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Thanks Jay, Always a pleasure!!

I lived in Battery Park City across from the World Trade Center for years (12 or 13, I think) These ramps/bowls where put up near by(along the westside Highway across from Tribeca) after 9/11 and stayed up until about a year an a half ago. I rode there a couple times until they took them down to redevelope the pier area that they were occupying. Nice to see the city found a new place for them and made some improvements.

“a short subway ride from my house to skate in the middle of the city”

Jay is being modest we all know its extremely convenient for Jay Henry to fly in via helicopter from the his Hampton’s home and just shoot across the highway for a quick session before limoing to his upper westside town house. Ohhhh the life he leads!