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.)
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