2006 is the tenth anniversary of the premier Pro/Am BMX Freestyle Competition in New York City, The King of New York™ - one of the longest running bicycle stunt competitions in the world and the only one of its kind in New York City. This year it will be thrown on Saturday July 29, 2006 (rain date-July 30) at Mullaly Park in the Bronx - where it all started, the hottest ramp park in the five boroughs. Easily accessed by numerous forms of transportation and located at 164th Street between Jerome and River Avenues in the Bronx, Mullaly is just three blocks up the street from that 'other' famed, historic landmark, Yankee Stadium.
Along with X Games and Dew Action Sports Tour participants, all of the previous King of New York Champions will be at Mullaly to celebrate and battle it out, including Dave 'Littleman' Garcia, KoNY 1996-1999; Lou Perez, KoNY 2000; Jorge Jovel, KoNY 2001 and 2002; and the reigning King of New York, Hector 'Terremoto' Restrepo, KoNY 2003 and 2004. Featuring Professional and Amateur Park contests, the best riders in the Tri-state area and beyond will be treated to the ramp additions built courtesy of creative genius and renowned X Games and Woodward Camp ramp designer Nate Wessel.
Highlighted throughout the past 17 years by media such as Ride BMX, Bikini, and GO magazines, ESPN's X-2day, and in music videos from Thalia and Fat Joe, Mullaly Ramp Park was created in May 1989 and was the only ramp park available to BMX Freestyle bike riders in the five boroughs for almost ten years. Always representing the most insane riding by the best NYC has to offer, and attracting entrants and spectators from all over the globe, King of New York contest craziness in the past has included performances by live DJs, raving lunatic wrestlers in leather masks, and NYC's own Sick Of It All.
Winning the King of New York allows bragging rights and a place in New York City BMX Freestyle history. Providing intensity and that intangible New York City block party atmosphere, the King of New York has always been known for offering adventure and spontaneity with elements of danger and drama.
Lou Perez, founder of the King of New York, says proudly, 'I remember the time we had wrestling and 'Rambo' jumped off the roof. The time 'Yellow' hitchhiked from Colorado only to spear himself in the chest on our just finished handrail. The time Sick of It All played for free. The time I won. Every King of New York was awesome. If you were ever there, I don't need to say anything else. If you only heard about it, you need to see for yourself. The best underground riders, the best times, the only ramp park of true New Yorkers. King of New York 2006.'
Thanks… Much love should go out to all who have contributed to the
10th Anniversary King of New York event and building this website:
Logo concept: Lou Perez, Jorge Jovel, Pablo Perez, Rob Ramos, Casio
Perez, Danny Parks; Final logo design: Marcus Jergensen-Autographik;
Website design: Jae Yoon and Hector Duarte; 2006 Park layout and upgrade:
Nate Wessel and WesselBuilt Ramps, Lou, Danny, Casio, Rob. Sponsors
for their awesome support: Scot at Scion, Nicole and De at Home Depot,
Ricardo at Grupo Bavaria/Pony Malta, Brad at Maxxis, Gary and Russ
at Woodward Camp, Jim at Bell Helmets, Commissioner Aponte, Chief
Rodriguez and Wright, Deputy Chief Jones, Hugo Chance, Twywana Bush,
and everyone from the New York City Parks Department, Tomasito at
Red Bull, Jay at FreeCycle, Mark at Hoffman Bikes, Rick at Pyramid
Shoes, Sam and Andy at Tree Bicycle Company, Al and Rich at BMX Invasion,
Ed at Group Home Bikes, and John, Jared, Paul, and Rich at Sophisticated
Rider Magazine. Fahrenheit 451 (Too Blind) and Lord Tariq and Peter
Guns (Uptown Baby) for the great music on this site. Go buy their
stuff! Special thanks: Tavian Parks and Laura Poulter, John Rokos,
Romina Birnbaum, and the many, many others who gave advice and took
time out of their schedules to give their ten cents.