In an effort to educate ourselves and any other skateboarders who don’t qualify for “O.G. New Yorker” status, we decided to visit some of the city’s most iconic spots with some of the city’s foremost skate historians and ask 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 first episode we took a look at the Courthouse Drop, the ledge-to-bank-to-drop on the steps of the New York Supreme Court. We hit up Steve Rodriguez, founder of 5Boro Skateboards and unofficial skate mayor of NYC, and RB Umali, who has been documenting the New York scene for decades.
They discussed how the Courthouse Drop changed over the years, reminisced about the most memorable tricks, and pondered what’s required for a local spot to become a global skate destination.
Nerd out in the video above, and if you’ve got a spot you want us to profile, tell us below. (Just make sure it’s not only available in THPS.)
DOES SIZE MATTER?
I hit up physical therapist Dr. Kyle Brown for some insight on whether or not our height plays a noticeable role in how we skate.
A FIRST LOOK AT OPERA AND SKATEBOARDING’S NEWEST GROUP OF BRANDS
Bill Weiss and a few of his close friends are picking up the pieces from the Dwindle rubble and starting fresh with a new slew of brands.
HOW CHAD CARUSO SKATED ACROSS AMERICA
Chad did it the way most skateboarders would: independently and without much of a plan.
WHAT HAPPENED TO GERSHON MOSLEY?
From punching Andrew Reynolds, to not getting "pimped" by the industry, Gershon covers everything you wanted to know.
JOSH KALIS ON BUILDING AN INDOOR SKATEPARK WITH GRANITE FROM LOVE PARK
"Laying the granite tiles was the most torturous part because you’re on your knees. It was a month straight of doing 1,600 tiles."
July 2, 2018 5:48 pm
Thank you. As a kid that grew up in Finland watching EST 2.0 back in 2001, I remember seeing clips of this spot and since then keeping an eye out for any footage coming there. Supreme’s Cherry blew my mind, seeing those little kids taking it to a whole new level.
Can’t wait for the next episode in this series! Maybe do something similar with Oyola in Philly as well?
July 2, 2018 6:27 pm
It’ll always be the opening to Night Court first and foremost to me.
July 2, 2018 11:08 pm
Thanks Jenkem that was amazing. Wish it was 10 minutes long! Keep em coming!
July 3, 2018 9:57 am
Please read this. You know who you are folks. Dance in the witches den. All enlightened souls are welcome.
Eight of hearts💕
Keep on indy truckin 2018