Iconic skate bench stolen from New York park and snatched back from “owner”.

This Skateboard Feud has reached a full 180.

The famous green bench, stolen from Tompkins Square Park by a group of Philly skaters, has been snagged back by a mysterious “owner” and may be destined for the Big Apple again, officials said.

The 13-foot backless bench — an icon in the skating world because it features a curve for extra gnarly grinds and slides — was relocated to popular Cecil B. Moore Station Plaza skateboard park near Temple University Philadelphia last week.

Campus cops were soon called by someone who claimed to be the rightful owner and then snatched it from the park, according to NPR Tuesday.

“After providing proof of ownership, including a purchase receipt, Temple University Police assisted the owner in salvaging the bank. Now that the bank is back with its rightful owner, it is expected to return to New York City,” the university said in a statement.

The bench was previously stolen from a park in Santa Ana, California in 1995 and then appeared in a 2003 video by pro skater Anthony Van Engelen.

The bench has been a permanent feature of Tompkins Square Park for the past two years.
The bench has been an icon in the skate community since the 1990s.
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Two years ago, Van Engelen opened a skate shop in New York City and left the bench in nearby Tompkins Square Park to the skaters to thresh.

But he said he wasn’t the mystery owner.

“To 99% of humanity, it’s just a piece of steel,” he told NPR. “I hope as many people who want to skate it get a chance to skate it and it just goes on forever.”

Crystal Howard, a spokeswoman for the New York City Parks Department, told the Post, “This isn’t our property — it belongs to the skateboarders.”

She said she doesn’t have their names and doesn’t know if the bench will be returned to the park.

A photo appeared on Instagram on Wednesday that appeared to show the bank near the James River in Virginia, but it’s not clear when the photo was taken.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/09/iconic-skater-bench-stolen-from-nyc-park-snatched-back-by-owner/ Iconic skate bench stolen from New York park and snatched back from “owner”.

JACLYN DIAZ

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