Even though we love it here, New York City is blown out. Almost every corner has been checked and double-checked for spots, and damn-near every spot has already been ripped to shreds. But if you look hard enough and are willing to jump through some hoops, there are still a few places that people forget about.
Roosevelt Island is a toothpick-looking landmass plopped in the middle of the East River across from Manhattan’s Upper East Side. We’re not sure if Roosevelt actually “counts” as part of the city or is just some weird state property, but frankly, that is unimportant for this vid. If you really care to know, call 311 yourself and get to the bottom of it.
Let’s be real: the reason the island is chock full of fresh spots is that no New York skater is willing to make the trek. People do actually live there, but it’s kind of a world of its own that’s not really comparable to any other part of the city. Even if someone does wind up taking the tram to this shitty “island,” the security is so tight everywhere you go that you might not even be lucky enough to step on your board in most places.
So when the Etnies team and their newest rider Julian Lewis, came to town, we figured why not test our luck and see if we can send them there to get a clip or two. The crew of out-of-towners hit no man’s land with our filmer, Alex Raspa, and they came back with two NBDs and a little extra something for their troubles.
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August 23, 2022 1:39 pm
Damn is that frecks?!
August 25, 2022 8:12 pm
Yo same thing i was wondering, a rare pokemon has emerged.
August 23, 2022 4:22 pm
That was fucking sick, no losses here
August 24, 2022 7:28 am
the bricks sound and the clouds were beautiful
August 24, 2022 9:01 pm
the filming. finally someone backing away with the lenses. I’m tired of strobing bill