Thursday, December 3, 2009

SAVE THE BANKS


Butcher, crooked grind, Joe Tiseo Jam, 2006. Photo: Zielinski


Beginning in October, word of the Brooklyn Banks getting shutdown spread like a California wild fire. A staple in the New York City scene and one of the most legendary street spots of all time, the Brooklyn Banks faced extinction in 2004 when the city had plans to turn it into a green park. Thankfully, a local New York skateboarder named Steve Rodriguez rallied skaters and BMXers and convinced the city to spare the famous spot. Their efforts turned the banks into a bust free spot with added rails, ledges, and ramps—making the spot better than ever.
Unfortunately, the Brooklyn Bank’s future is uncertain again. The city plans to do extensive repairs to the bridge and use the banks as a staging area for the construction equipment, making them unrideable until 2014. Even worse, they plan to replace one of the off ramps, which is supported by the pillars that run along the bank—this means the banks and wallrides could potentially be destroyed!
You can help make a difference, your voice is needed to help the future of this landmark spot. Think of yourself and the future generations of riders who have yet had the chance to experience the banks.
Below is the email address of the person who needs to hear our concerns about the banks closing. Express how important the Brooklyn Banks are to the entire “action sports” community—BMX, skateboarding, even rollerblading, the more people the city thinks will benefit from this spot the more convinced they will be to save it. And please remember to be respectful with your words because if the city thinks a bunch of rude sh-t talking kids want their spot saved, well, they might think twice about it.
Contact: Press Secretary at NYC Department of Transportation, Seth Solomonow
ssolomonow@dot.nyc.gov

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

DOT appreciates the mostly respectful and cooperative feedback we have received from the communities that use the Brooklyn Banks. We have been issuing a response to all who write in, which I am sure is filtering around the community.

The appropriate address to send concerns is: brooklynbridgeoutreach@gmail.com

If you could please update your post to reflect this, then concerns can be managed as effectively as possible and Seth can get back to his real work. Thank you.

Sabrina Lau
Community Outreach for the Brooklyn Bridge

December 3, 2009 at 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DOT appreciates the mostly respectful and cooperative feedback we have received from the communities that use the Brooklyn Banks. We have been issuing a response to all who write in, which I am sure is filtering around the community.

The appropriate address to send concerns is: brooklynbridgeoutreach@gmail.com

If you could please update your post to reflect this, then concerns can be managed as effectively as possible and Seth can get back to his real work. Thank you, A. Hauck.

Sabrina Lau
Community Outreach for the Brooklyn Bridge

December 3, 2009 at 4:41 PM  

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