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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
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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