Ed Pollio has been a part of the New York City BMX scene for a long time but these days he’s mostly known for his role as the owner of 5050 Skatepark in Staten Island, the only public indoor skatepark in all of NYC. He was in town on vacation with his wife and we managed to get him on TCU TV to talk about running a skatepark in one of the most expensive areas of America, the scooters vs BMX battle and his own journey from a local rider to one of the pillars of the east coast scene. Much respect to Ed, check out @5050skatepark for more information and visit them at 354 Front Street in Staten Island.
Some show notes:
0:00:00: We discuss Wu Tang Clan, specifically Catfish’s Wu Tang tramp stamp
0:01:45: We talk about Ed’s skatepark, 5050 and why he’s the only person running an indoor skatepark in New York City
0:03:35: Some kid is suing Ed and the skatepark because he broke his ankle riding the park
0:07:20: We talk about what makes 5050 Skatepark unique
0:08:39: We talk about scooters and how big the scooter scene has gotten
0:13:25: HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO FEEL ABOUT THE SCOOTERS???
0:25:00: How much support does your skatepark get from the NYC BMX community?
0:26:45: We talk about TCU TV and Ed’s favorite podcasts we’ve done
0:28:45; How Ed got started riding
0:35:00: How Ed got involved in the BMX industry and how he started building ramps for Red Bull
0:38:40: We talk about younger BMX riders not showing enough respect to older riders
0:44:45: We talk about how many BMX riders there are on Earth?
0:48:00: What is Group Home Bikes?
0:51:30: We talk about young kids not supporting BMX brands
0:55:04: Ed talks about why he thinks BMX needs more girls riding
0:59:15: Ed talks about how nobody in BMX answers their emails
1:03:30: Ed talks about little kids getting influenced to try drugs from BMX videos
1:06:46: Ed tells his Lou Bickle story
1:08:10: Ed talks about having his shop burglarized by a local BMX rider