Top 10 Moments in New York City Skateboarding

10 years, 10 pivotal moments—straight from the guy who's been documenting the New York City skate scene all along.

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These days, 10 years is a long time to keep anything going—especially a niche website meant to amuse a small group of friends. The New York City skate scene has seen inflation affect its diet (the dollar slice is, sadly, almost extinct); friends give up on "the dream" and move to California; and even the T.F. (the best practice ground for downtown skaters) transform into a playground for weekend roller hockey.

Through these changes, Quartersnacks has consistently been equal parts forum and voice, pundit and proving ground: if you make it on the site, you have contributed to the scene's history. Maybe most importantly, it helped create a community in a city where it's easy to feel like an outsider.

Here Konstantin Satchek looks back on the past 10 years of Quartersnacks culture (and even a little further back than that).

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1997: Metrospective.com Launches

"Without Metrospective and a handful of regional skate websites from the early days of the internet, there would be no Quartersnacks. They created the blueprint for covering a skate scene online at a time when they had a fraction of the resources we do now."

2001: "The T.F." Becomes the Capital of Downtown Skateboarding

"After 9/11, the city was completely shut down. You couldn't skate anywhere. With ABC Skateshop just down the street, everyone began gravitating toward Tompkins Square Park, carrying obstacles from the skate shop every morning to skate hassle-free. There's no shop nearby anymore, but we've been wasting our days on those benches ever since."

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2004: Twelfth and A Established as a Second Home for NYC Skaters

"With more of the spots from our childhood getting torn down, [basketball] courts became a bigger part of our lives. We began wasting half of our days sitting on the green wooden benches at Tompkins, and the other half skating the tan plastic ones at Twelfth & A."

2004: Autumn Moves to Ninth St.

"Tompkins is a weather-dependent undertaking. [It's] not like we haven't sat in the summer rain there for no real reason before—but that 4 p.m. cold in December hits hard. Autumn Skate shop became our shelter, where our aimless conversations were allowed to continue from the benches, if need be."

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2005: Dotcom Day One

"Quartersnacks: the website began on September 12, 2005, with no real intention besides being a place to post skate clips from our group of friends."

2009: iPhone Releases; Mediocrity Travels Fast

"If there's one invention that [made it significantly easier to] communicate our jokes, not-particularly-impressive tricks, and story to the outside world, it's the iPhone. The year 2009 was when it seemed like everyone was beginning to get glued to one."

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2010: Quartersnacks: The *Regularly Updated* Website

"For the first five years of its existence, Quartersnacks was a depository, updated bi- or tri-monthly, for things that maybe made sense to two dozen people and the occasional broader bit of writing about skateboarding. The year 2010 is when things changed. Skateboarding in New York was growing faster than ever before, and it felt like something was happening every single day."

2011: Ziegfeld, the Best Ledge Spot in New York, Is Knobbed

"We've seen a lot of our favorite spots go, but [the end of] Ziegfeld felt like the end of an era. The place where we'd brave February nights to skate a ledge on [smooth] ground was gone. Skateboarding in the city was headed toward more temporary spots or just straight-up parks."

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2012: L.E.S. Park Reopens

"The structure of the average New York skate day began changing. The skate park became the meeting point, not the spot. What was once a conversation about the best time to hit a spot to minimize getting kicked out became 'When is the park least crowded?'"

2015: 10 Years

"Somehow we made it here. I'm still hanging out with the same people that I was before there was a 'name.' It feels the same. Thank you!"

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