R.I.P. Andy Kessler (June 11, 1961 – August 10, 2009)
Andy Kessler was the prime mover in New York skateboarding since its inception. Andy’s presence and heavy involvement covers three decades from the pre-urethane era on the Upper West Side up to the present day. From his beginnings on the footpaths of Central Park, pools in Riverdale and illicit ramps on city property, he has been a constant force for change by being an instigator of the Riverside skatepark, the Hudson River Bowl, and many other projects that the whole spectrum of New York City skaters have enjoyed. Skater, builder, agitator, positive influence and an upholder of tradition who refused to get stale; it’s safe to say that skateboarding in New York would have never become what it is without Andy.
– excerpt from the Andy Kessler Foundation site.