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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.


232: The scenic overlook Ditch today

Email from John Vandermey: 

here she is bro…still local, still underground, still ridden, loved, and respected

see attached pics.

also, here’s a thing that i wrote…it was published by Concrete Wave online a couple months back…http://www.concretewavemagazine.com/exclusives.php?id=4


Some 2006 pics of the scenic overlook ditch from John Vandermey. Read his submission to Concrete waves above it rules…I think the old school guy was named Ray Bolby(thats how it was pronounced I dont know about the spelling) He road an old school set up even by 1986 standards.

thanks John look for your mug in The FRIEND “O” STEAM category and keep the cool stuff flowing.


40: Jason Oliva and Rocky Vertone Doubles at Froncek’s Ramp NJ circa 1987


Jason Oliva and Rocky Vertone(Indy Air) Froncek’s Ramp NJ circa 1987

I think Mike Pruskowski took this photo…Corn seemed to be only taking Black n White at the time.

Rocky and I did this a handful of times on this day and pulled it everytime….we never did it again.


37: In 1983 apparently “The Captain” John Ballon was sold on shredding


This was a letter written to Thrasher magazine in 1983 by Team Steam’s Captain Jon Ballon. The Bernie he is referring to is his best friend Bernie O’Dowd. According to Bernie this letter was read by Tom Groholski’s Father who Invited John and Bernie over to skate Tom’s backyard ramp. They all became fast friends and the rest is skating history folks….

…and Captain…THRASHER, Black Flag, DEVO and the Circle Jerks are still too cool!


Bernie O’Dowd frontside air at Tom Groholski’s ramp New Jersey 1983

Nice One Bernie!


36: Who was asking about Steve Herring? The Wall ramp, NJ 1983


Friend “O” Steam Walker rider New Jersey born and bred Steve Herring folks.

Anyone wanna take a stab at carbon dating this add?


35: Geoff Graham Invert at Ocean City, Maryland circa 1988

Geoff graham invert at OC maryland circa 1988

The other Steel Ramp!

Geoff Graham Team Steam rider Invert O.C. Maryland circa 1988

No one grinded (ground?) a ramp faster than Team Steam’s Geoff…full stop!


34: Christian Hosoi drops in on Team Steam in New Jersey

Hosoi circa 1986 Backside air Jeff Roenings ramp New Jersey photo jason oliva

Christian Hosoi Backside air at Jeff Roenings ramp New Jersey circa 1986

(Matt Padulo in the Blue shirt)

photo jason oliva

The gentleman with the glasses in the blue shorts is Jeff Roennings “Uncle”. He owned a skate shop in Millburn NJ (can’t recall the name) on several occasions he paid pro skateboarders to fly to NJ, sign autographs in the shop and ride Jeff’s ramp (Jeff always had a big backyard ramps) Steve olsen, Rob Roskopp, Chris Miller (who sat around with us and watched himself slam at upland on video…ouch) and Hosoi where all such pros.

On this photo’s day I am not sure if Hosoi ever wore a shirt. As soon as he arrived at the ramp he ran up the transition jumped on his board and immediately frontside ollied the channel (quite a feat).

Jeff’s ramp was in desperate need of a new layer but that didn’t stop Hosoi from doing face high shirtless/padless airs all over it. Rocky Vertone and Jeff Roenning joined Hosoi and they skated for an hour or so… I can’t remember Hosoi ever bailing a trick.

not long after this day I would grow out of the mid 80’s Jimmy’z wearing thing. Thanks in part to Tag, Rock, Corn, Weep, The Barn, Tom Groholski’s Metallica jacket, Murph’s dreads and all the rest of the people that made Team Steam kick ass. On this day though you could not help but wanting to be able to strip down to your waist slap on a Jimmy’Z beret and blast a judo air over the channel.

Years later during a weeknight Barn session (which I missed and heard all about at school the next morning) Hosoi would turn up again (sporting green hair) with Hackett. The next morning Hosoi and Hackett would join The Bones Brigade to film the NYC scenes in Future Primitive…

Corn has some photos of Hosoi at the Barn I’ll shake him down for one….


East Coast Pride by Tom Groholski

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