A year ago, Mark would come crash on the Erie couch for a few days at a time. Him and Jay would go out and skate with the camera with no real agenda. As you can tell, his 'no agenda' is better than most video parts today. Good job Mark and Jay!
It's been a while since I could make one of these. A semi-B roll of skateboarding on a daily basis type edit. The fun times behind the warm up/try to skate for real type thing? I don't know, I'm rambling at this point. This one starts out with a Junk Spot memorial and goes on to be the random things that happen behind the scenes. Enjoy or don't. Daze of Our Lives from ShredNJ on Vimeo.
Paul Young (@hityouoffmanagement) is premiering his new video the day before Thanksgiving at the Sunshine Theater in NYC. The dude's in it are constantly ripping and The Baby has a full part...look at that photo for fuck's sake, damn. Go check it.
Not that anyone checks this, but if for some reason you do...sorry for the quiet the past month and a half. Between work, bills, and trying to fit in time for skating/family/friends, the poor blog slipped under my radar. But fret not! I'm back to rehash more bullshit content for you!
First of all, the Beachcooler homies and myself have been skating/hanging a lot over the past month and we are going to combine our efforts into a full length video project #PIECOOLER. So, as progress goes underway on that follow people on instagram for updates:
@shrednj @caseymshaw @raysykeshelps and too many others to mention
Enjoy their first offering, Beachcooler and some Pie to tide you over...
Ron and Jersey Dave were working on this all summer before the destruction. Despite getting cut short, it still came out super sick. Anyone that's ever witnessed Ron skating there knows that he absolutely killed the place. chaaaaa boiiieeeee
You have to head almost to the end of Jersey Avenue, right behind the Jersey City Medical Center, and make a right at what quickly turns into a gravel road. Go past the rusted metal shed that's home to a machine parts store and then hook a left.
There aren't many people around here, even on a sunny summer afternoon. A guy who works inside that metal shed said criminals come to steal parts, and sometimes couples visit the secluded location "for a piece of afternoon delight." The area is ... unsavory.
But since 2009 it has attracted skateboarders, who meet at a concrete slab amid the trees and the weeds, in the shadow of the New Jersey Turnpike Extension. The lot has been vacant for as long as anyone can remember, so the skaters turned it into what's considered one of the best DIY skateparks in the area. Junk Spot.
"People come from all over to skate here," said Josh Ettinger, 23, who owns Travel Skateshop in Roselle Park. Jay Hoban, 31, of Jersey City, who takes photos of the skaters in mid-full cab, called the place his "second home."
It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't meant to be. The obstacles were made of concrete and cheap wood and pipes. There was graffiti and litter everywhere. A donor on an online fundraiser for the site called Junk Spot "crusty NJ DIY at its best!"
Ron Deily, 29, of Jersey City, said he and his fellow skateboarders raised and spent thousands of dollars creating dozens of obstacles. They even built a dugout of sorts — they call it the Hut; a guy with an unprintable nickname helped construct it — for when they want to sit in some shade and smoke or drink a can of Coors Light.
But Junk Spot is no more. A dude in an excavator showed up yesterday to tear their homemade obstacles to pieces. Word spread quickly, and by yesterday afternoon skaters were there to watch.
Deily wasn't taking it very well.
"Deep, deep remorse," he said when asked what he was feeling.
Teddy Becks, 19, of Jersey City, has been skating at Junk Spot for years.
"A lot of good times here, bro," he said.
The skaters were bummed, but resigned. This happens. They find a location they can use without being hassled by cops, call it home for a while, and then the property owner finds a sudden use for it, so they're onto the next empty lot.
"Sometimes it lasts forever," Ettinger said, "sometimes it lasts a week."
But big empty spaces fit for DIY skateparks are hard to find, especially in Downtown Jersey City, where the few vacant lots are being snatched up for new high-rises. Who knows where the next one will be?
It's not entirely clear who owns the land where Junk Spot is. City tax maps show there's a narrow strip of land owned by NJ Transit that runs along the Turnpike extension, but there's also a piece of private property that might be where Junk Spot is. Officials in the tax assessor's office couldn't figure out which property owner is responsible for it.
A NJ Transit spokeswoman said the state agency likely doesn't own it. A request for comment from the other property owne, Argent, was not returned. The guy in the excavator was pretty cagey when asked who sent him.
Sitting in the Hut yesterday, Ettinger shook his head. In the last six years, they had all turned Junk Spot into "exactly what we wanted." He grabbed his board and headed for one of the obstacles.
"I closed up shop today just to say my peace," Ettinger said. "I had to get my final session in, you know?"
It's a sad day here in Jersey City. The city finally bulldozed the junk spot. To all those people that built and put in a lot of hardwork, namely Jay, Pickle, MD, Ponch, and a few others, cheers dudes...the place was amazing while it lasted. Here's just a few things in memorium #RIPJUNKSPOT
NJ Skateshop is 12 years old today. The amount they have not only done for me, but for the skateboard community around New Jersey is unparalleled. In honor of that, here are a bunch of edits I've done for them over the years. Cheers to many more!
“Ponch, Joban, and I started building first by fixing the original quarterpipe that was nearly completely destroyed, and we’ve been building ever since,” says resident Jersey City skater and craftsman Nick Gaudio. “That was two years ago I believe.”
Yes another DIY post. New Jersey is really on top of it lately. Ann Van is going strong down in Hillsborough...they're throwing a Jam to support future building and upkeep, much like the GoFundMe Ponch and Jay have going for Junk Spot. Support these dudes, it just gives us more great shit to skate in the end.
A little late on this one, but I love to see my homies get some shine. A lot of my old housemates are really doing it big over in Newark. I'm sure most of you have been over there by now and have seen how amazing it is. Jenkem did a little interview with Andrew about it...good work Sarge!