Ed Pollio and Staten Island's 5050 park
Ed Pollio has long been a pillar of the Staten Island BMX scene. He has a certain ability to get people motivated and make things happen. He jokingly refers to himself as the BMX version of Tony Robbins. If you live in the NYC metropolitan area, you may have seen Ed once or twice on the local news lobbying at town hall meetings to have the Ben Soto memorial skate park rebuilt. After the city bulldozed the Ben Soto park last year, Ed and his girlfriend Angelica decided to open their own skatepark. 5050 has been up and running since July. Although it sustained some minor damage from flooding during Hurricane Sandy, the Staten Island scene came together and got the park running in only three days.