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Putting Culture in Subculture | Herald Community Newspaper

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Baldwin Park Skatepark is more than just a recreational space. It is a creation space where skaters and artists can gather, exchange ideas, and relax. Last Saturday, about 50 people of all ages gathered at the 2nd Beyond the Board Art Show.

The 24-year-old local Cruz Carbajal helped organize the event with a few others, provided a cable tie to secure the art to the wire mesh fence, set the destination for the art, and food and drink. Supervised. “Last year we created this art show for local skaters and community members to showcase their art,” Carbajal explained. “I don’t think many people know how to show it off because everyone was getting out of the pandemic and getting a new hobby.”

That’s where the skatepark comes in, and its fences provide the walls of the pseudo-gallery. “This is a platform for our local creatives and thankfully we were able to extend it this year,” Carbajal said. “We have people from the city, New Jersey — we have more traction this year. We all love this park because the people here every day helped build and design the park. There are also many Baldwin people and neighboring towns in this park. “

One of the skaters who had a say in the construction was Jay Java Hill, 28, from Baldwin, who began coming in 2015 before the ramp was redesigned. Jawahir began his work as a producer and sign installer, attending a meeting in the town hall of Hempstead and putting features such as slopes for skaters to shred in the lobby. Skaters earned $ 60,000 to improve the park, and Javahill and a few others confirmed that pipes and ramps were in place during the reconstruction.

That experience changed him. “I was a bit antisocial,” he said, but since then he has made some new friends, some of whom have described Javahill as the “glue” that holds the skaters together. When I’m not in the park, I keep in touch with text, take part in a barbecue at his house, eat out and go to the movies. “It’s more than skating,” he said. But for Javahill, skating has always been the preferred way to “reduce stress and escape everything.”

“People now know the park, and they love to come here,” he added. “If you come here on a humid day, you’ll eat a lot of beech and abu. People still love skating, so they’ll be here for hours until it gets dark.”

Christian Bonduring, 17, said he had found a second home in the park and was selling screen-printed T-shirts engraved with “Beyond the Board 2” on Saturday. Vonduring, who lives five minutes from the park, is here “almost every day.” After 5 o’clock, he added, “everyone is here.”

Bondering was antisocial and bullied at school, but then he found a skatepark and his family. “This changed my life and I met everyone here,” he said. “… Now, my friends, I’m prosperous. Everyone is very nice.”

Baldwin’s 10-year-old Ashton Hilliker has been in the park for two years to practice his tricks. He’s getting fun and says the best thing about skating is “overcoming the fear of landing tricks and overcoming the fear of trying new things.”

“Not so tuned,” said Emma Wong, who exhibited some of her artwork along the fence. Baldwin Wong is working on two majors at Hunter College: Psychology and Studio Art.

Another Baldwin artist, Edwin Jean, had an exciting black woman on display in her corner of the park. She painted with acrylic paints for five years and explained her motives for her work. She says, “My art is based on myself, and I’m really into women’s empowerment, showing how women can be different in different ways and techniques. “

Kevin Horvath of Hempstead and Orlando Velasquez of Freeport are two ambitious graphic designers taking classes at Nassau Community College, selling streetwear for the brand Kru. Horvath said the event was an important way to build a network, “connecting people in the community and seeing what they’re doing outside of (skating).”

Another participating college student was Justin Musho from Freeport. He is studying art at SUNY Albany and has been painting for four years since he started college. By doing so more seriously during the pandemic, as Carbahar said many skaters did, Musho was one of those who “switched from skating to painting.”

“I’m most excited to meet other artists from Merrick, Freeport and Baldwin here,” said Moucho. It’s pretty cool to know that many people here are doing the same thing. “