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New York City Central Park Rail Jam 2006
photos and words by Lauren

Sunday, February 5, 2006, the Central Park Rail Jam finally went down. First scheduled as part of the 2005 Winter Festival, the whole festival was cancelled last winter due to lack of snow. This year, again there was no snow to be seen anywhere, but in front of the Naumberg Bandshell near 72nd street, where the rail jam crew had diligently covered the area with large grained man-made ice shaved from the top of the nearby Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park.


 

The Winter Festival was shrunk down in size so the rail jam was it's main feature. New York snow resorts had tables set up and some, like N.Y. State operated Belleayre Mountain even gave out free lift tickets.

There were samples of New York State products like cider, apples and cheese And a dj threw down the hip hop tunes while the rail riders threw down the moves.

Participation in the rail jam was free and open to the public. The jam was sponsored by Burton-Soho and NY ski and snowboard mountains Whiteface and Gore. the crowd watching the jam was a mix of friends and families of the riders, rail jam fans, and whoever happened to be strolling by in the park.

Riders and tricks were not announced or judged, which would have made it more exciting. A lot of the riders were from Mountain Creek, NJ. Tom (yellow shirt, photo at top of page) was a consistently stylish rider with his t-shirt and necktie, and he pulled tricks out of his bag like no others, including a flat 720 spin on the fun box (assisted by a manual spin of the board by pal Justin.) And somersault dismounts off the box.

 

 

 

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