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 second episode we took a look at Black Hubba, a.k.a. Blubba, the black marble hubba next to the Courthouse Drop from episode one. 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, to get their memories and insights.
Steve and RB discussed how approaches to skating Black Hubba have progressed over the years and reminisced about first discovering the spot while it was still under construction.
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.)
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