In an effort to educate ourselves and any other skateboarders who don’t qualify for “O.G. New Yorker” status, we’re visiting some of the city’s most iconic spots with local skate historians and asking them to walk us through the timelines of these architectural blessings. What we came up with is a new series on the “Evolution of…” New York City’s skate spots.

For our third installment we headed to D7, the long, crusty six block set in the middle of the Jacob Riis Houses on the east side of Lower Manhattan. We hit up Tombo Colabraro, a now-retired NYC-based skate filmer, and Richard Quintero, a currently-active NYC-based filmer to give us the rundown of everything they’ve seen at the spot from the early 2000s to today.

D7 is a kind of proving ground for locals and out-of-towners looking to “get buck” at a chunky New York spot, so there was a lot of history to dig through. Tombo and Richard reminisced about all the sketchy encounters with annoyed neighbors, quick missions, and lengthy battles they’ve been a part of.

Nerd out in the video above and yell at us below if you’ve got a spot you want us to profile. (Just make sure it’s not only available in THPS.)

Comments

  1. Fullcab

    October 31, 2018 5:17 pm

    “He full cabbed this thing” -_________-

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  2. Gecko

    November 1, 2018 11:27 am

    This series is solid, but the vibe of this one is off. These two guys both talk about this place in a subtly racist way.

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  3. Jesse/Chickenman

    November 2, 2018 10:47 am

    I did a fs air at the Cbowl c. 2003.
    Dance in the witches den y’all 🐱
    Feel better DM,rest and water,xo
    Go Pats!
    107.3 WAAF,the only station that really rocks!
    Shuffle the cards🗻
    Congrats Zion and Phil Shao SOTYs 2018
    THRASH!🏕

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  4. sgerklorbrlisteryam@frashrequilkeroppymish.queef

    November 2, 2018 10:43 pm

    i had never met gonz but one winter morning 12 years ago i ran into him near this spot and he decided to try kickflipping it. he landed it first try. true story

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