A Dan Schulz “Bänke” video sounds about as classic as it is. Sit back and enjoy! Feat.: Michel Funke, Eric Erhardt, Sami Harithi & many more.
“..I belived in this spot from day one, I know this was gonna blow up.. I knew right away..NO! Haha.“ We know Jan would not like to hear this but we believe that he is probably the most important person when it comes to the Bänke Berlin on Warschauer Straße. Growing up skating the “Rathaus Platz“ in Göttingen, Jan was looking for the Berlin answer to a plaza type of spot and he found it in fixing up the first metal edges about 10 years ago. A decade and a couple of different metal edge variations later the benches were suddenly removed this Monday – totally out of the blue.
Reason enough to spread a serious panic not only among the locals but also the international skate scene. “With Berlin growing so rapidly in the last few years, the thought that some of our beloved skate spots could be lost to redevelopment has been a strong reality. Each year spots like the Bänke are being lost in major metropolitan areas across the world, with Love Park being the most recent example. But it was a complete shock with the first accounts hitting social media that they were taking the benches out. It was one of the worst nightmares we had coming true (Mark Nickles).”
Luckely, the whole case turned out to be nothing but a misunderstanding. The benches have not been removed to prevent the skating but only to fix some paving tiles beneath them. In the moment I am writing these lines the benches are put back on their traditional place. But still, this incident made us aware of the fact how essential this spot is to us.
“To the average person, it is just 8 benches in the middle of a tram stop. But to a skateboarder, it is a world of possibility & endless hours of fun. Where else can you see a local skater sessioning with some of the world’s best skaters, side by side? When is Marco Reus going to come play football in a pickup game at the local pitch (Mark Nickels)?”
There are millions of spots out there but only some of them come to a certain level of international fame. Whether you have been to the Berlin Benches or not, you definitely have seen them in an uncountable number of videos. It is that one-of-a-kind spot that every skate metropolis needs to have in order to be even called a skate metropolis. Besides the fact that the “Bänke” attracted skateboardes from all over the globe since many many years it also is one of the main spots of the Berliner scene. “For me personaly the benches have always been an important venue and thus appeared in various skate parts. It would have been very sad if such a spot would have come to such a sudden and inglorious end (Yannick Schall).”
To process the shock we prepared our top 10 Bänke clips for you. The videos will automatically start at the right “Bänke moment” point.
Luan Oliveira – Flip Extremely Sorry
Denny Pham – New Wave
Austyn Gillette – Origin
Jonas Heß – 168H Berlin
Nino Ullmann – Chinchilla Einmal Reicht
Dennis Busenitz – Diagonal
Sylvain Tognelli – Color Your Memories
Rick Howard – Gang Of Fourstar
Maxim Rosenbauer – Radio Active Kids
Yannick Schall – Puzzle Video
On the 21st of June we as skateboarders will go out to celebrate our day, Go Skateboarding Day! Skateboarders all over the world will celebrate this day and skate the streets together, Berlin will be no different.
Together with Nike SB, Civilist and Titus Berlin we are gathering all skaters in Berlin and it’s surrounding areas, we invite you to push through the streets with us. As a bonus for every skater that shows up, Nike will donate 15 Euro towards a new local Skate-Spot-Project support your local scene (donation receipt included).
We will start at 14:00 at Civilist, where you will receive a Nike SB GSD 2015 Goodie Bag. Supplies are limited so get there while you can and sign up here.
After that we’ll be pushing through the streets! The route will take us through Alexanderplatz to Titus Berlin where we will make a stop and have a Stuff for Tricks session on a curb. After that we will push on to the main stop of the day, the Warschauer Strasse where PLACE will host Battle At The Bänke 5. There will be both a best line and best trick session with a total prize purse of 1000 Euro Cash! At the end of the day we will introduce the new Spot-Project, this event will take place at the spot itself and after that it’s every skater for himself!
See what went down last year:
See you on Go Skateboarding Day!
Heute gibt es von Denny Pham ausnahmsweise nicht nur schönes Skateboarding, sondern auch Geschichtsunterricht. Zusammen mit Vladik Scholz präsentiert er seine City von Ost nach West.
Wer mit offenen Augen durch die Welt geht, hat sie mit Sicherheit schon gesehen: Unsere Sticker, die wir zusammen mit Paul Snowden produziert haben. Berlin und München sind mittlerweile zugekleistert und weil die Nachfrage nicht nachlässt, habt ihr jetzt die Möglichkeit ein Riesenstickerpaket samt einem Bänke Berlin Shirt zu gewinnen – die Shirts sind auf 26 Stück limitiert und von Paul Snowden per Hand gesiebdruckt – wahre Schätzchen also.
Das Gewinnspiel läuft diesmal via Instagram und funktioniert folgendermaßen:
1. Folgt @placemag bei Instagram
2. Ladet ein Foto mit diesen Stickern hoch (wer keine hat, besorgt sich unsere aktuelle Ausgabe mit Stickerbogen)
3. Verlinkt @placemag und hashtaggt #placestickerwars
4. Wir picken Montag den Gewinner
Hier mal ein paar Beispielbilder, wie euer Bild aussehen könnte – lasst eurer Kreativität freien Lauf, wir sind gespannt!