The kid from my old block and the movie "Kids". Professional skateboarder Harold Hunter, for those who did not have the sweet luck to know him. A early morning in 2006 I bumped into him - and his skateboard - at the 46th Street Salvation Army thrift shop, after not seeing him for about 6 years or so. He was like: "Heyyy, how you doin'?" I'm fine, I said, it's been a while hasn't it? "Yeah, that's right! You still livin' on Ave B?" Nooo, moved out down to Franklin Street years ago... and so we carried on a short conversation about our time back in the days and then moved on with our day... A few days later he was found dead in his apartment, just around the corner where I met him last. Cocaine overdose.
Well let me tell you, this kid was unique and special and should not have died a death like this, I was flabbergasted!!
So, he was known for inventing a very unique skating style and came up with moves know as: Feeble Grind, Nollie Heel, 360 Ollie, Switch Crooked Grind and a few more. He detested haters and always reminded them that while they were so passionately hating, they would not get anywhere in the meantime... "Don't Hate, Participate!" was his slogan.
So sad to see him gone and NYC has become much less cool for sure - We dearly miss him!