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UPDATE: It Looks Like the Brooklyn Banks May NOT Be Done

2020 continues to get worse with the news that the Brooklyn Banks may be in jeopardy. After being closed for roughly five years for remodeling; images were shared yesterday via Instagram that show the bricks have been taken out of New York’s most iconic skate spot. The large banks were supposed to remain a public skatepark after the small banks were demolished in 2004. But the future is now looking uncertain. Have a look 5Boro’s Steve Rodriguez’s post about the situation below.

UPDATE 01.11.21: In an incredible twist of fate, there is a new proposal on the New York City Council’s budget site to reopen the Small Banks. Leave a comment over there to show support, and let’s see what happens!

My project idea is: Reopen the Basketball Courts and Small Banks under the Brooklyn Bridge

So that people could: have a park for relaxation and basketball in a neighborhood that desperately needs both. Directly across the street at Murry Bergtraum are thousands of high schoolers who do not have accessible outdoor space to play sports or have lunch. DOT has fenced off the area but is not actively using the spaces – the areas have been closed for a decade. The Small Banks are a historic skating spot and would provide space for active and passive recreation. This neighborhood has so little public park space, and it would mean so much to our community to get some little piece of it back.

UPDATE 11.19.20: There’s some goods news in this morning’s headline update. Community Board 1 has unanimously decided to push DOT to restore the Banks to the community. While this is only a first step, it’s a step in the right direction.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHwEpDnlZSY/

UPDATE 11.17.20: The fate of the Banks is on the agenda for today’s Community Board 1 meeting. Sign in on webex at 6pm EST, and make you voice heard. The below post from Steve R. provides all of the pertinent details.

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UPDATE 06.22.20: Jenkem dropped a video today that gives a visual update on where things stand currently at the Banks. It’s not looking too good. For the record, if you’re not including Maurice Key‘s switch frontside heel over the wall from Trilogy in your list of best tricks to go down there, we have to question if you really know your shit. Just sayin’.

UPDATE 05.10.20: Yesterday, an online petition was created to save the Banks. It’s already reached over 8,000 signatures and counting in just 24 hours. This grassroots campaign has the potential to get the city to preserve this important piece of skateboarding’s history. You should sign if you haven’t already.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_1KobblUUx/

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Skating Across Borders Mini Ramp Jam Registration Now Open

This year’s Skating Across Borders charity event will be held on May 21st from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg, Fl.

Presented by the Stoefs Studio in cooperation with the Skatepark of Tampa, the fundraiser features a mini ramp jam as well as live band performances.

Register at skateparkoftampa.com to join the mini ramp jam.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Board for Bros, a non-profit dedicated to providing skateboarding equipment, safe skate spots, and youth mentoring in their community.

Board for Bros will also have a tent during the event where they will be accepting old boards and skateboard parts that will be refurbished and given to kids who can’t afford their own.

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Monster Energy Crew to Kick Off Euro Tour

Ishod Wair, Grant Taylor, Aurelien Giraud, and the rest of the Monster Energy Crew will shred the best skate spots in Europe this summer in the upcoming Monster Euro Tour.

The tour is in partnership with local skate shops.

The first stop will kick off in Bristol on the 8th of May.

The rest of the tour schedule follows.

  • Hamburg – May 14
  • Berlin – May 17
  • Munich – May 21
  • Athens – June 5
  • Warsaw – June 10
  • Helsinki – July 1
  • Vienna – July 9
  • Tel-Aviv – September 3
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Watch the X Games Chiba 2022 live on YouTube and ESPN App

Hey X Games fans. You can catch X Games Chiba 2022 live from April 22-24 on the ESPN app and the X Games YouTube Channel.

You can find the schedule and the links to the live streaming for each game here and the full list of participating athletes here.

Two hours of event recap coverage will also air on ABC as part of the World of X Games series on May 14 and 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET.

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