At the risk of spot-blowing: like Two Boots Pizza or World’s Fair, Bronze56k is one of New York’s best kept secrets. Not in the way that a lukewarm slice tastes or neo-boom-bap music sounds, but in its own unique way – the feeling of skateboarding in New York City. Arguably a founding father of this whole anti-clarity movement in skateboarding cinematography of the past five years, Peter Sidlauskas and friends’ part-time hardware brand – Bronze – presents its latest visual offering to the Internet in the form of Solo Jazz. There’s something nice about watching a familiar spot skated by this crew, the way one might be proud of a friend who finally went for his longtime crush. With each release, Bronze inserts subtly hilarious nostalgic cues, from old PlayStation references to the ambiguously dated soundtrack, altogether creatively reinforcing a notion that now is as good a time as there has been to skate in New York. Featuring local heroes such as Billy McFeely, Richie Rizzo, and even Palace’s Shawn Powers, Solo Jazz is a proper, authentic introduction to skating in the Big Apple.
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