A few months ago, we got an email from a reader named Josh that caught us off guard. He started off by talking about our YouTube content, and then immediately pivoted into inviting us to skate a private mini ramp in the basement of his apartment building, located in Manhattan’s extremely pricy Waterline Square neighborhood.
Josh was fully aware of how ridiculous his pitch sounded — inviting a scrappy video team from an indie skate mag to film at a private skatepark in a building where rents start at $6,000 a month. His self-awareness made us confident that at the very least, we weren’t about to spend a full day with some out of touch rich asshole if we accepted.
Luckily, our gut was right, and while Josh did show us basically every crazy amenity in his building, he did it more in a “I’m about to move out in a few weeks, fuck it” way than a braggadocious way. To really get the most out of the experience, we brought along Staten Island’s own Leo Heinert to throw down some tricks to push the ramp beyond the basic rock and rolls and axle stalls.
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