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Immediate and slightly conflicting reactions:

"Holy shit how are these kids skating with such giant balls."

and

"MUST PUNCH SUBWAY-IDIOTS."
posted by griphus at 1:54 PM on November 10, 2011 [14 favorites]


God damn, I love New York City so much.
posted by Jon_Evil at 1:55 PM on November 10, 2011


They're kind of idiots, but they're considerate idiots who aren't imposing their shenanigans on other riders. So really, my major gripe is just the fisheye lens.
posted by explosion at 1:56 PM on November 10, 2011 [4 favorites]


I wonder if he went down on the tracks and grabbed his board. Probably.
posted by nathancaswell at 1:56 PM on November 10, 2011


Yeah it's more of a visceral reaction than actual beef.
posted by griphus at 1:58 PM on November 10, 2011


I would have liked to see more of the outcome of the lost skateboard incident at 1:40. Do they have dead man's trenches in NYC that would have put that board safely out of harms way?
posted by roofus at 2:01 PM on November 10, 2011


Taking public transportation is not a crime.
posted by clvrmnky at 2:02 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Heh. griphus + explosion = my reaction. My eyes hurt from the image distortion, and I simultaneously love and hate the idea of stunt skating in the subway.

My enjoyment of the soundtrack is unalloyed, however. That was very well chosen.
posted by EvaDestruction at 2:04 PM on November 10, 2011


I would have liked to see more of the outcome of the lost skateboard incident at 1:40. Do they have dead man's trenches in NYC that would have put that board safely out of harms way?

Yup.
posted by entropone at 2:05 PM on November 10, 2011


Do they have dead man's trenches in NYC that would have put that board safely out of harms way?

There's a trench between the tracks that is deep enough to lie under. There was a "subway hero" a few years ago that jumped down there after someone who had fallen and the trench was big enough for them to both survive.

There's generally all kinds of trash and debris down there on the sides, pretty sure the train would have enough clearance even if it didn't end up in the trench.
posted by nathancaswell at 2:05 PM on November 10, 2011


They're kind of idiots...

Eh..

You have no idea who they are.

In their world, they're having the time of their lives. Innovative, random,
improvisational, risky, dangerous, goofy fun.

Skating is the best.
posted by gcbv at 2:06 PM on November 10, 2011 [4 favorites]


^True.

And I mostly want to think that.

But I also know that I would grumble majorly if I were upon the subway and encountered them.

Especially if I were on my way to work.

Because that is the way of the world.
posted by entropone at 2:07 PM on November 10, 2011


I've got a lot of great reasons to hate this now that I'm really old.
posted by mhoye at 2:08 PM on November 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


You have no idea who they are.

I know they're douchebags. Although admittedly that's an easy call to make, seeing them do barely-controlled skating stunts around people who are riding the subway. I don't think you'll find all that many people who are regular riders of the NYC subway who would disagree (unless they're skating fans or like to think of themselves as "subversive").
posted by slkinsey at 2:10 PM on November 10, 2011 [7 favorites]


Skateboarding is not a crime.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:13 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


If they were trying this on packed trains or crowded hallways I would think less of them, but as it is they're mostly empty late night/early morning trains. The skating is fun to watch + nice soundtrack. Thanks OP!
posted by critzer at 2:14 PM on November 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'd think it was entertaining just like the kids who come in and breakdance for tips and do like full backflips and twirl around the hand poles just after rush hour and sometimes kick the roof and nearly kick people in the faces and stuff. Just find 13 year olds putting down a boombox and moving people out of the way to breakdance with barely controlled fury on a moving subway entertaining. They always have like one little brother too that's like 7 who's their hypeman and sets up the boombox and collects the tips. Hilarious.
posted by nathancaswell at 2:16 PM on November 10, 2011


I know they're douchebags.

And how. I couldn't care less about kids skateboarding on an empty car, or in an empty station (provided that they don't sue the city in the event they get hurt). But when there's just some poor schmuck sitting in the train car, surely wondering whether the kids are good enough skaters that they're not going to fall on him--that's deep into douchebag territory.

The kids have assumed the risk; the guy on the train car is just trying to get home.

I'd think it was entertaining just like the kids who come in and breakdance ... and sometimes kick the roof and nearly kick people in the faces and stuff

Like these baby-kicking superstars?

The fundamental law of living in the city is don't get in other people's shit. Fucking around on the subway almost always entails getting in other people's shit.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:20 PM on November 10, 2011 [19 favorites]


If any of these guys were skating on my tain, I'd tackle them.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 2:27 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


The fundamental law of living in the city is don't get in other people's shit. Fucking around on the subway almost always entails getting in other people's shit.

This.

I used to see those acrobat kids on the 1 train nearly take old folks' heads' off, and I'm sure they hurt someone at some point. As a regular commuter on the subway, I call douchebaggery as well.
posted by pianoboy at 2:27 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Like these baby-kicking superstars?

Those subway guys are douchebags, for sure, but in fairness to the breakdancer, I think he reasonably assumed when people formed a huge circle around him that some idiot mother wouldn't let her two-year-old wander towards the him while he was doing backflips.
posted by Dasein at 2:29 PM on November 10, 2011 [7 favorites]


I guess I'm just subversive like that.
posted by nathancaswell at 2:30 PM on November 10, 2011


Wow, lots of proxy grar on the behalf of imagined patrons. Watch the video again - to my eye, all of the other people featured appear to be in on the production, and are doing things like holding car-end door buttons and such (or at the very least, appear to be attired so as to suggest sympathy with the skaters).
posted by TheNewWazoo at 2:30 PM on November 10, 2011


Metafilter: The Collective Conscious of Ornery, Old NYC Subway riders
posted by gcbv at 2:31 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


There was like person sitting on the train and it's even money that they were with the skaters. Even if they weren't all the guy really did in their vicinity was skate by.

The baby kicker was in a cleared space with 20 feet of clear space all around him. If you're in a crowd in the city and you're not watching your kid well enough to prevent them wandering into danger, then that's on the parent.

Also, even if it were the breakdancer's fault, and even if the subway acrobats do dangerous stuff, it has nothing to do with what these guys are doing.
posted by cmoj at 2:31 PM on November 10, 2011


I think it would hurt to fall with all that hard concrete, stairs and metal poles around.
posted by mullacc at 2:34 PM on November 10, 2011


Watch the video again - to my eye, all of the other people featured appear to be in on the production,

Watch the video again. One person, in green, at about 20 seconds, moves their legs out of the way to avoid being hit; another waits to get on while the guy skates past him. These guys are inconsiderate assholes.
posted by Dasein at 2:35 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think it would hurt to fall with all that hard concrete, stairs and metal poles around.

Wait, where do you think kids skate otherwise?
posted by griphus at 2:36 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Who cares if the people on the subway were somehow with the skaters? Even if that's true, these guys are fucking up subway cars and stations that millions of other people pay money to use every day.
posted by slkinsey at 2:36 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


...these guys are fucking up subway cars and stations...

To be fair, we're no longer building subway cars out of aluminum foil and balsa wood, so I'm pretty sure any lasting damage from collisions is going to be on them and not the cars or station itself.
posted by griphus at 2:41 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait, where do you think kids skate otherwise?

I don't know. Looks like it'd hurt to fall just about anywhere. Maybe they should sit on the board and push with their hands.
posted by mullacc at 2:45 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


The baby kicker was in a cleared space with 20 feet of clear space all around him.

No he was in a public thoroughfare during a peak traffic time. I'd think he was a bit of an asshole even if no baby got kicked.
posted by hermitosis at 2:45 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


griphus: To be fair, we're no longer building subway cars out of aluminum foil and balsa wood

I miss those days. I could impress tourists by lifting up an empty subway car. They'd ooh and aah, and the locals would just laugh at the rubes.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:47 PM on November 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


You guys sure about the aluminum foil and balsa wood theory? I tried picking up one of the cars at the transit museum and I was barely able to get it an inch off the tracks.
posted by clorox at 2:50 PM on November 10, 2011


Classic thread.
posted by Edogy at 3:06 PM on November 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Dicking around on a (seemingly) empty train is one thing. But holding open closing doors? You're not just fucking over the people on your train, you're fucking over people on every train behind you.

But hey -- they're being cool and subversive. Sorry, people working the late shift who just want to go home. Sorry, MTA workers who just want to make it through until quitting time with a minimum of bullshit.
posted by Capt. Renault at 3:08 PM on November 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yeah, I was debating which side I would come out in support of here, the righteous public-minded subway customer or the no harm, no foul pro-fun zealot. Then it hit me: I really don't care about this! And it felt great.
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 3:11 PM on November 10, 2011 [11 favorites]


i mean, it's not like they're stabbing people in the face for fun. teens are basically crazy - they're going to fuck something up, no matter what. this is hardly the worst way to blow off extra energy and hormones.

i guess the only thing that keeps me from really digging this is the thought of older folks without means, who have no reasonable alternative to the train, being scared. and, as mentioned above, working people who are just trying to get the fuck home, being delayed. but it's certainly not a big deal, regardless.
posted by facetious at 3:17 PM on November 10, 2011


Yeah, this thread is everything awful about metafilter all rolled up in one big self-righteous concern trolling ball and stuffed between two delicious slices of GET OFF MY LAWN.

(NYC subway commuter who finds this video delightful. Keep skatin', bros.)
posted by to sir with millipedes at 3:18 PM on November 10, 2011 [8 favorites]


I was sitting in Columbus Circle at the fountain recently and some asshole came up to me and my friends and said.. "Oh dudes like move over cuz I'm gonna be grindin' this thing right here.." pointing to the step that we were SITTING ON. I'm like, what the fuck, now the skaters can tell people to move out of their way? We moved over but now this guy had a critical audience. He tried it 20 times, fucking it up every time. After each attempt one of us would be all, "Ooh, nice one!"

He eventually gave up, I guess. Asshole.
posted by ReeMonster at 3:28 PM on November 10, 2011 [5 favorites]


what's the opposite of joie de vivre?
posted by nathancaswell at 3:33 PM on November 10, 2011


The Collective Conscious of Ornery, Old NYC Subway riders

Come back and say that when you have a few more decades on you, and some common sense!
posted by Vibrissae at 3:36 PM on November 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


I cannot imagine how any observer could resist the urge to clothesline them as they rolled by inside the car. Who are all these new yorkers with self control?
posted by elizardbits at 3:43 PM on November 10, 2011 [7 favorites]


It's late, they're tired. Cut them some slack.
posted by Splunge at 4:09 PM on November 10, 2011


This is why we can't have nice things.

(Because someone will inevitably try to do an [admittedly kick-ass] grind on it.)
posted by bpm140 at 4:13 PM on November 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


So you can careen into passengers who just want to get home intact, yank open train doors, wipe your shoes all over the handrails, launch skateboards onto the tracks, and take emergency exits with alarms while there is no emergency going on all so you can show your buddies how willing you are to injure yourself, but pulling an emergency cord to stop a flasher assaulting you is the greatest of sins?

Fucking kids being assholes and their enablers.
posted by Blasdelb at 4:29 PM on November 10, 2011


While the video didn't make me think of it, the comments have reminded me of C'était un Rendezvous (youtube, mefi).

I love the film. Every time I watch it, I feel alive and exhilarated. I think it's a fabulous execution of an amazing idea.

But I absolutely hate the fact that he made it. It was irresponsible and put people who were completely uninvolved and unaware of the production at risk of death.

Its ability to create such a conflict in my mind – total approval and simultaneous total disapproval – is fairly unique in my experience (emphasis on my experience, since it works this way on me but not on everyone, as the mefi thread proved).

I have no idea if this was Lelouch's intent, or if he just thought it would be cool and didn't care about the consequences, but I don't place too much importance on artist's intent; the work has the final say. Its effect is profound, and if someone asked me to list five artworks that best define what art means to me, it would be one of them.

So tldr - what griphus said. They're both annoying and awesome. We don't have to choose, and that's a great thing.

FWIW I have never skated but do ride transit. Good luck ollieing on and off of my bus, though.
posted by pinespree at 4:34 PM on November 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Blasdelb: "You can... take emergency exits with alarms while there is no emergency going on all so you can show your buddies how willing you are to injure yourself, but pulling an emergency cord to stop a flasher assaulting you is the greatest of sins?"

To be fair, the emergency exits are used all the time. They're not hooked up to any sort of notification system, they just make noise. If there's any kind of line at the normal exit, someone will use the emergency one. It's annoying, but that's about it.

And you should NEVER pull the emergency cord in the NYC subway if you're being assaulted. The emergency cord is a brake, which stops the train, and could leave you stranded in a tunnel with no exits and little ability for help to reach you. The only reason to pull the cord is if continued motion of the train is going to injure or kill someone, like if a person has gotten stuck in the door and (somehow) the driver or conductor hasn't noticed and has started the train.
posted by ocherdraco at 4:57 PM on November 10, 2011


(NYC subway commuter who finds this video delightful. Keep skatin', bros.)

NYC subway commuter who thinks they're dicks and hope they get a summons the next time they try it.

And get off my lawn.
posted by pianoboy at 5:04 PM on November 10, 2011


C'était un Rendezvous is fake. It is sped up and the motor sounds were added later.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 5:13 PM on November 10, 2011


also Santa Claus does not exist.
posted by nathancaswell at 5:18 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: everything awful about metafilter all rolled up in one big self-righteous concern trolling ball and stuffed between two delicious slices of GET OFF MY LAWN
posted by Dasein at 5:24 PM on November 10, 2011


I'm an old ornery subway rider, and totally jealous. Those guys were good, and I will take them over the preacher lady I had to endure all the way in from Prospect Heights last weekend. (She couldn't ollie for shit.)
posted by whuppy at 5:25 PM on November 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Srsly, all you grar-mongers. I just started thinking about all the indignities the 2/3 and 4/5 subjects me to on a regular basis, and a bunch of lunatics zooming by in an eyeblink in the way off hours doesn't even twitch the needle on my outrage-o-meter. (The envy gauge is, of course, pegged.)
posted by whuppy at 5:32 PM on November 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


what's the opposite of joie de vivre?

Weltschmerz
posted by normy at 5:49 PM on November 10, 2011


Public infrastructure is really expensive, and plenty of people feel they are being overtaxed. Still, many of us would like to see continued investment in public goods, like transit. Toronto's 78 new subway cars cost $237 million. Would people be just as free-spirited in their approval of boarders doing tricks off their personal $18,000 Corolla as they are of them doing so in the public's $3 million subway car?
posted by TimTypeZed at 6:00 PM on November 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Threeway Handshake: While it's widely known (and kind of obvious) that the motor sounds were added later, I had not read anywhere before now that it was sped up. If so, then it's just a pretty film to me now.

It doesn't look sped up to me, so I've yet to be convinced.
posted by pinespree at 6:06 PM on November 10, 2011


I will take them over the preacher lady I had to endure

As a "straphanger" I think I would find these kids just as annoying as the people demanding I accept Jesus.

Their having wheels and being young and cool wouldn't lessen the frustration I would feel at having a public space overtaken by one person or groups agenda.
posted by rosswald at 7:12 PM on November 10, 2011


Clearly, they should be tossing Chick tracts around while doing this then.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:18 PM on November 10, 2011


They're a lot better than babies.
posted by cmoj at 7:21 PM on November 10, 2011


I commute daily in trains that are slightly more crowded than these. I support these guys doing their fancy skateboard tricks.
posted by !Jim at 8:31 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


what's the opposite of joie de vivre?

la tendre indifférence du monde
posted by elizardbits at 8:36 PM on November 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


No, normy is right. It's definitely German.

And the editing on that video is fantastic.
posted by maryr at 8:40 PM on November 10, 2011


No third rail slide?
posted by boofidies at 8:53 PM on November 10, 2011


You know those awful nubs and dividers they put on park benches to prevent skaters from grinding on them? Well, I would actually be in favor of those on the subway. They might possible prevent the urban-cowboy-wide-leg-three-seater-spread that so many people do on crowded trains, or that awkward not-crowded-but-no-real-way-in-there ass distribution fills up the benches all the other times.
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 10:13 PM on November 10, 2011


The video was, ok to alright, so - but the music pushed it over the top.

This thread is solid mother-fucking gold. This thread is a 'Venusian' with a saxophone and a kitten on his shoulder marching through the train letting you know all about how he feels.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:03 AM on November 11, 2011


Cool video.Thanx for shring
posted by iqternet at 5:49 AM on November 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Must they always use a fish-eye lens?
posted by Leisure_Muffin at 9:45 AM on November 11, 2011


I'm of two minds here:

Exhausted end-of-work-day me would hate these idiots with the all the fury I could muster. I just want to go home without having to dodge your fucking stupid shit.

Drunk going-home-from-the-bar me would find this pretty awesome about inversely proportionate to the crowdedness of the car and would probably cheer/egg them on.
posted by quite unimportant at 9:49 AM on November 11, 2011


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