Category Archives: Brooklyn Bridge Banks

476: Derek Rinaldi doing who knows what. Photo Todd Laffler (Fish*Eye Issue 1)and Full Bleed: New York City Skate Photography

Derek Rinaldi

Photo Todd Laffler

Special thanks to Sean Kazelesky as well(Welcome to THOS)

Here is a great picture of the DR doing something magical from Todd Laffler’s epic Fish*Eye Numero Uno. Besides being pretty darn cool this sequence reminds me of those worthless trick tip articles.  The trick would be an egg plant with pictures of someone cool like Dan Wilkes and the captions would read….drop in and approach the wall with a moderate amount of speed …pump the transition and as you approach the vert grab your board with the opposite hand that you would use to do an invert ….now reach for the coping invert your body extend then compress let go land back on the ramp….then the inevitable……NOW PUMP AND DO ANOTHER…too ridiculous. I have tried to get Pump and do another into the everday vernacular of life but it never would stick and in most cases it sounds like a sexual innuendo. Next time you are done instructing someone finish by saying “Now  pump and do another” …also if you can scan a ridiculous trick tip please email me one all my mags are in temporary storage. Most of them should just read….drop in with the trick in mind…spazz your body around in some semblance of what you imagine it would need to be doing….bail and slam enough times until the enlightenment of the fact that it is  less tiring and alot less painful to just go ahead and land the trick…..THEN pump and do another.

Now as for Derek…approach the transitioned street obstacle with a blazing amount of speed…. utilise a lifetimes worth of hard work and practice in order to ollie ridiculously high…..take your front foot off the board and then replace it before landing….Now pump and do another.

Also Derek has landed (no Pun) a photo in the upcoming Full Bleed:New York City Skate Photography it is a picture of a gentleman who is well represented in our archive:

Mike Vallely 1988 Brooklyn Bridge Banks

Photo Derek Rinaldi

As far as Full Bleed:New York Skateboard Photography goes I do not know the peeps personally behind it but I am familiar with the peeps behind the peeps and that is the distributer PowerHouse Books in D.U.M.B.O. The place is worth a trip over the Brooklyn Bridge, have lunch at Bubby’s too and send me an iphoto of some pie! PowerHouse is an amazing Independent art/photography book distributer and book store. Its one of those NY places that you can spend hours milling around in and sometimes a band will be performing. So check out Full Bleed and then inundate PowerHouse with email requests for a THOS Book!! Great stuff!

Full Bleed: NY City Skate photography

by Alex Corporan, Andre Razo, and Ivory Serra

Distributed by PowerHouse Brooklyn 2010 and Published by Vice

with photo by Derek Rinaldi and a cavalcade of other talented skate photographers

Great work DR..Click for more info/pre-order on FB:NYYCSP and PHB then pump and do another…

Jason Oliva Artist

PS Guess who that is on the cover?

PSS No its not me

469: Mike Vallely – Brooklyn Bridge Banks closing till 2014 due to construction

We have all spent a lot of time at this place pre and post off ramp spiked fence….I lived 5 minutes from the Brooklyn Bridge Banks for 12 years and spent almost a year walking through there twice a day on my way over the bridge to a DUMBO art studio I established…..I for one was never able to ollie the highway divider (or any divider for that matter) its hard to believe Mike Vallely was undettered by that devil’s pitchfork of a barrier and conquered it. I will leave anymore to be said about the place to Mike…he says it best.

Thanks to Larry Ransom for this bang up mini documentary and Mike for Mik’ing

Checkout Mike V’s new updated online presence as well.


407: Andrew Lipari, NYC 2008

Andrew Lipari NYC 2008


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My good, good friends son, Andrew Lipari….Coming up fine, and hitting the Brooklyn bridge banks ta boot!

Skatin to The Doors….Good Stuff Andrew, welcome to THOS.


397: “DR” Derek Rinaldi Brooklyn Bridge Circa NOW YO!! Photo Felipe Lara

Derek Rinaldi Brooklyn Bridge

Photo by Felipe Lara

Derek Rinaldi still crazying it up!! He is over scribing for those Juicesters now so hopefully he wont forget about his brethren at THOS.

Lean in or pull out the mag glass and check in on this 2009 Sequence at the Brooklyn Bridge Banks.





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


It will deserve a proper post during its release but be sure to check out NPC Films newest epic master piece in the works:


(working title)

There is a long trailer to watch and a lot of recognizable names (PAPO) appear on camera. NYC is gets the total documentary treatment and they go in depth into the changes in additudes an architecture throughout the time (you know those little metal knobs they cement onto everything in cities now.) There is a great scene that shows you how silly we looked skating the Brooklyn Bridge banks in the 80’s (Having lived around the corner for 12 years I have to say it is still skated to this day with only a brief hiatus when emergency vehicles were stowed there post 911)

Well these Steam boy film makers can do know wrong and you should go out and buy there entire catalog of work…So says The House of Steam

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74: The House of WEEP: New York City SHUT SKATE Maestro Rodney Smith with a few words about The WeepStar.



I am totally and will always be down for the Weep man….If I can say a few things and have you post it that would be killer.On my list of friends and family ,Weep had his own category. I never met anyone with the guts and will to live and journey through life the way he did.
The enthusiasm that came from Weep was beyond any I’d ever seen. It was a sincere enthusiasm with a super calm demeanor ,that Big up’d any and all that he touched and encountered.
Having this guys presence in your personal life gave you an angle on life un-common to any perception or perspective in everyday life. Whenever he had news of something he was doing or about to do , my enthusiasm towards life would grow. It didn’t matter if we had a 2 second conversation or 2 hour face to face chat, Weep always passed on his good nature vibe. And talk about big cajones….traveling cross country ( in the dead of winter) on a small cc motorcycle , tackling big mountain snow runs , ice climbing antics and throwing down tricks on any skate terrain .
All heart and fearless under many circumstances. You don’t run into people like that ever and calling him rare is an under statement. Missed by many but remains in the souls of thousands. Legends never die
Legends never die……………

Thank you for the words Rodney!!

I know WEEP always enjoyed hanging with you and being around SHUT.

I have my own passed on SHUT board from back in the day that you flowed to Weepy and he flowed to me…alway willing to share the wealth he was.

Everyone take the time to checkout and see what Rodney and his crew are up to in 2006…There is a great video and an article that mentions Tom, Jeremy, Puppethead and others.

Thanks again Rodney

Jason Oliva


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