Street skating is all about pushing around and exploring your surroundings, and there’s no better place to do that than New York City. There are endless spots in all five boroughs, and unlike many other US cities, you can get everywhere in NYC without a car. All you need is your board, a MetroCard, and some healthy motivation.
As one of the world’s most iconic cities, it’s not surprising that NYC has been one of the most popular skate destinations for decades. Historically, lower Manhattan has been the hub of skateboarding in NY, and sessions at the Brooklyn Banks date back to the early 1980s. The streets of downtown, midtown and everywhere in between are featured in countless videos that helped shape the aesthetic and identity of east coast skateboarding as a whole.
While the city can feel like a skateboarder’s paradise, its harsh winters and ridiculous cost of living can make it feel like a nightmare for anyone. Luckily indoor facilities like House of Vans in Greenpoint, and the Homage TF in Gowanus can help cure the winter blues. And if you can’t make rent, there’s always a homie’s couch somewhere.
Lots of people wax poetic about skating the New York of yesteryear, but if you look around today, the city’s skate scene is thriving. With new spots and parks popping up all the time, and independent brands and shops that support the community, great things are happening all the time in NYC – as always.