July 2, 2018/ / VIDEOS/ Comments: 17

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.)

(spencer fujimoto, front shove-it)

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  1. Jedd

    July 3, 2018 2:52 pm

    Really great work guys. Looking forward to many more of these and hoping to see some from other cities (and coasts) as well. Really could do a lot with this concept.

  2. Bosco

    July 3, 2018 3:46 pm

    On random summer day in probably 200-6-7 (can’t remember ) my friends and I were skating black hubba and wittnessed 3 seperate crews of kids show up one after another to skate the drop. 1 kid fakie flipped it, another big flipped it, and a third air walked it all within maybe an hour of one another.

  3. Thomas desimone

    July 3, 2018 4:15 pm

    Jenkem rules!!!

  4. Bing bob

    July 3, 2018 5:01 pm

    full cab flip has to be the best trick on the drop – switch roll off too

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