STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Sure, Van Duzer Days became Van Duzer Day this year: But a downsizing doesn’t mean it was down for the count.
The sixth annual Stapleton street festival — usually a two-day affair — returned for one day only Saturday. It might have been shorter due to some budget and planning issues, but organizers Tariq Zaid, Joey Patches and Sarah Pouzar proved it’s not the size of the event that matters — it’s how you use it.
Hundreds of Islanders turned out as community volunteers once again transformed Van Duzer into one huge outdoor venue, packed with live original music — from Black Camera, Plastiq Passion and The Seconds, to name just a few bands — and Richmond Hood Company’s annual “Skatedown” skateboard exhibition event.
Note: The photographs really tell the story here; check out the galleries below for a vivid representation of this gloriously diverse community gathering.
For the uninitiated: Van Duzer, between Beach and Wright streets, is part of the NYC Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks pedestrian program and greening initiative. The annual event is geared toward providing healthy recreation and encouraging New Yorkers of all ages to use more sustainable forms of transportation.
For more images from this year’s Van Duzer Day — and to stay up-to-date for next year’s installment — check out the facebook page & www.richmondhood.com [Rob Bailey Staten Island Advance] email@example.com
Special Thanks to @AshtonxBenjamin for the camera work & edit! Many thanks to Projectivity Movement crew for the support!
This was one of the most fun SKATEDOWN events to date! Special thanks to MISHKA, VANS, RAISED FIST PROPAGANDA, B$@ Networking & 50/50 Skate Park for all of the support!
SI Advance Gallery by Ryan Lavis & Derek Alvez
Van Duzer Days Gallery
Jon Marotte Photography Gallery
2014 SKATEDOWN @ Van Duzer Days