NYC skateboarding legend Andy Kessler has died.


22 Responses to “NYC skateboarding legend Andy Kessler has died.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I knew this dude when I lived in Manhattan on the lower east side in 1987.. he skated Thompson Sq Park where I used to hang out… how bizzarre. He really was a true guy. Thanks Xeni! d.

  2. Anonymous says:

    yo kessie….say hi to frankie flannie

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have not lived in NYC for quite some time, but iin the late 90′s Andy became a familiar face to me at Riverside Skatepark. I learned a lot about skating tranny thanks to him shredding that place in between him making sure my helmet was around. Dude was rad. This is a huge shame. RIP my friend.


  4. Anonymous says:

    I just found this page and I am shocked to hear the news…though its late.. I met Andy in Mexico- My sister and I stayed in a cabin near where he was staying. We hung out lots over the few days we were there and I will always remember him. He made our trip. He laughed at us trying to surf, shared stories and was just one of the most cool and down to earth people I have ever met. RIP

  5. gbSk says:

    my thoughts and prayers are with andy’s many friends and family. i was lucky enough to hang with him a few times in nYc and puerto rico. he was awesome!

  6. Anonymous says:

    i will miss kessler… he use to call and ask me what new painting i was working on. He loved art and supported it.
    peace brother.

    tony SUB

  7. Anonymous says:

    I can’t say enough about my man Kessler, except I’m gonna miss him so much… This is what they mean by when something “SUCKS”

    I’ll miss you Andy…


  8. emilydickinsonridesabmx says:

    This really breaks my heart. Andy was one of those people who managed to be nice to everyone without being insincere. That’s such a rare quality. I don’t think there is a person in NYC that ever picked up a skateboard or rode a BMX who doesn’t have a cool story involving him. Even during the whole gangster, “Kids” era of NYC skating, Andy still managed to be a chill guy when everyone else was becoming a thug.

    This is a loss we’ll be feeling for a long time.

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  10. curtis says:

    the link to the “skating the streets of Manhattan” photo is broken

  11. Xeni Jardin says:

    @curtis, thanks, fixed.

  12. Anonymous says:

    My daughter knew you. Where and when is funeral?
    Thank you.

  13. Dave NYC says:

    WOW! I can’t believe it! I have known Andy for many years. I remember the Heroin days as well. I remember attending NA meetings with him and NA groups at his place on 72st. I’m sadened that it only took a bee sting to end his life….he will always be a legend.

    Dave from the Upper West Side (97st).


  14. sparkdale says:

    Wow, this sucks.

    Good interview though. Thanks for posting Xeni.

  15. Anonymous says:

    here’s a video of him messing around with the Gonz that I took April 5th. R.I.P. Andy.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, just had dinner with him and a bunch of friends on Friday night, I can’t believe he’s gone. One of the nicest guys I ever met.


  17. jodi kess says:

    I love you Andy rip see you at the funeral thanks to everyone for the best support anyone could ask for

  18. Anonymous says:

    super sad. another good one gone. i didn’t know him personally, but he came across as such a sweet, humble, and good-hearted person. tragic loss for his family, friends and the youth. they need all the good role-models they can get.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Memories of the Band Shell man. Such punks we were ;) and what a man you turned out to be! An alchemist. I will truely miss you.

  20. RW says:

    The photographer, Marc Andre’ Edmonds, for those that don’t know, was Ali of 1970′s graffiti fame, and later J. Walter Negro of J. Walter Negro and the Loose Joints

  21. sauronrtw says:

    stunned by the loss of an old and true friend. had plans to see each other this saturday.

    kess’ closest friend posted the photo with the the credit:

    KESS cuttin’ it off the lip at the 9′ marker, the Deathbowl in Riverdale, 1978. (Photo by Marc André Edmonds)

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