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.)
NERDING OUT WITH THREE RARE DECK COLLECTORS
If you ever wanted to reclaim a piece of your childhood and cop that one deck you saw in a CCS catalog, hopefully, this will be a solid place to start.
A MINDFUL APPROACH TO WATCHING SKATE VIDEOS
If you love a video, watch it over and over, become obsessed, notice everything, and move on only when you feel it’s the right time.
A CHAT WITH LUDVIG HAKANSSON, THE OLDEST SOUL IN SKATEBOARDING
The man loves to read Nietzche, skates in some expensive vintage gear, and paints in his own neoclassical-meets-abstract-expressionist style.
THE FRONT BLUNT HAT IS BACK… AGAIN
We know we sound like the boy who cried wolf but this might, just might, be the last chance to get your hands on one.
SKATERS RECOMMEND THEIR FAVORITE SKATE PANTS
We hit up some pro skaters and Jenkem contributors known for their 'fits to offer recommendations.