Good illegal raves are hard to come by in NYC these days. At this point, every usable space has either been shut down by the cops or hijacked by bros.
Finding a venue that feels safe (so you won’t fall through the floor) yet lawless (plenty of holes in the walls) is kind of the holy grail for parties, which is why we wanted to capture that spirit to celebrate the release of our new record.
We originally booked a sketchy space in Bed-Stuy that turned out to be too grimy and cockroach-infested. The cops also caught wind of what we were up to and warned us not to have any “unsanctioned” events there unless we were prepared to face the consequences.
So with less than a day to prep we called everyone we could to find an alternative space, and our friend Jess hooked us up with this old abandoned ballroom in Ridgewood. We had to clear out a lot of debris and do some cleaning/disinfecting to make it look less like a crime scene, but it was all worth it.
Shoutouts to our friends at Delirium for donating some beer and White Label for donating Mate.
People usually want to know what’s in the Jenkem Party Nutcrackers, but truth be told, the formula always changes. This batch was a combination of chocolate rum, vodka, fruit punch, and just a dash of Red Bull. “Gourmet,” as some would say.
NYC is one of a handful of U.S. cities that are lax about public nudity, which is great. But if this were Europe, I’d also be naked while writing this caption.
We ended up with more of a “haunted middle school dance” vibe than a “Euro club where I get kidnapped” one, which was nice. (Photo thanks to Stephen Cowan).
A fog machine is a great aphrodisiac for the dance floor but terrible for taking photos.
AceMoMa on the decks (no skate pun intended). They kept the tunes fairly “accessible” for this one, spinning old-school house and techno. Don’t wanna scare away too many shy bar dwelling skaters.
There are maybe four of these “Jenkem’s” stickers left in existence, so what better place to stick one than right in the slimiest urinal in the whole building.
Worst. Party. Everrr.
Cleo (left) was MVP for the night, screening the door for sketchy looking folk, too drunk folk, or just random a-holes off the street. Since we didn’t have any permits for this one, we needed to make sure nobody called the cops or we’d be toast.
Clean up duty with Ian Michna and Mike Bloom. We ended up having 150+ beers left over, so stop by the office if you want us to toss one down to you (non-refrigerated, sorry).
One finger to show how many hours of sleep you got the night before the event.
HOW CHAD CARUSO SKATED ACROSS AMERICA
Chad did it the way most skateboarders would: independently and without much of a plan.
JOSH KALIS ON BUILDING AN INDOOR SKATEPARK WITH GRANITE FROM LOVE PARK
"Laying the granite tiles was the most torturous part because you’re on your knees. It was a month straight of doing 1,600 tiles."
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE OFFICIAL BROOKLYN BANKS COMEBACK
We talked with Steve Rodriguez about the imminent reopening of The Banks, which has been in the works for 13 years now.
A FIRST LOOK AT OPERA AND SKATEBOARDING’S NEWEST GROUP OF BRANDS
Bill Weiss and a few of his close friends are picking up the pieces from the Dwindle rubble and starting fresh with a new slew of brands.
JENKEM MIX 126: ANTONIO DURAO
Much like Antonio himself, this one’s got it all… An auditory gumbo, if you will.
July 24, 2019 5:48 pm
NYC girls crack me up. “Look at me! I’m so edgy. I don’t shave my armpits and I didn’t wear a bra.” The sad irony is that they are just as desperate for attention as the fake tits, fake ass, fake lips chicks that they hate and look down on.
July 24, 2019 11:29 pm
What an absolutely stupid comment.
July 25, 2019 3:51 am
Yeah it’s killing him that they don’t look as a “woman has to be” — poor edgemaster troll
July 25, 2019 11:39 am
July 29, 2019 2:40 pm
July 25, 2019 11:41 am
ninth photo, the one with the black guy and the white girl sitting on the floor looking bored, the black guy kinda looks like phelps. am I alone on this?
July 27, 2019 5:18 am
Premium Belgian beers and Yerba Mate in a dilapidated warehouse for a ‘skate’ event. Yep, this is NYC/LA in 2019.
September 26, 2019 10:59 pm
great work guys!
we too have been throwing illegal raves for new years in oakland, ca. the first being in a run down xerox copy center where we used neon spraypaint and black lights to fill the floor with neon euphoria….plus SF legend TONY MANFRE on da decks. The next one was to take place in an abandoned massage parlor in chinatown! epic party with over 1000 in attendance wtih two floors and 3 crews taking over the sound! the last was this past years in a office space where someone left a door wide open enough for us to get in and host another banger!!!
keep doin your thang!!! much respect comin at ya live from information centre in oakland, ca!!!