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The History Of Skateboarding Culture In NYC


Skateboarding started in California in the early 1950s. Surfers were on the lookout for new ways to "surf" the streets. They began by mounting skateboard wheels on boxes and riding them around town. As time went on, they began skating on wooden boards in empty swimming pools. Skateboarding's popularity plummeted during the 1960s, as it was dismissed as a transitory trend that was far too dangerous. Skateboarding's popularity skyrocketed after the advent of urethane wheels since it became safer and more practical. Skateboarding has only risen in popularity throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Skaters began skating ledges and sidewalk curbs as they moved away from pools.


Skateboarding has long presented a particular set of obstacles in New York City: uneven ground, big sidewalk cracks, bad skatepark design, industry isolation, and so on. While many people outside of the sport think of skateboarding as a Californian phenomenon, the professionals, companies, and tastemakers who push around Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the BX have long been respected internally. New York footage was a rare jewel in any West Coast production before the advent of web media. Skateboarding in New York blossomed in the 1990s and 2000s, and while the footage was filmed, it was not in high demand like it is now.


Skateboarding on the streets of New York City dates back to the 1980s. However, the scene didn't really take off until the early 1990s. Skating the found architecture and numerous obstacles seen on city streets is known as street skating. These obstacles, which are mainly made up of ledges, railings, stairwells, and anything else skateable in the city, can be found at random when skating the streets or as part of a local hangout. Skate spots are an important aspect of today's street skateboarding and skateboarding culture. These are defined sites where street skaters meet up on a regular basis to skate, hang out, and do stunts. When it comes to the history of skateboarding, there is one place that comes to mind, and that’s The Brooklyn Banks.


One of the world's most renowned skateboarding places is hidden beneath one of America's most iconic landmarks. The Brooklyn Banks, located beneath the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan's Lower East Side, has been a staple of the city's skateboarding scene since the 1980s. You've almost undoubtedly heard of this iconic New York City skate destination, regardless of which era of skating you're from. The well-known skateboarding place has a long history and is one of the few skateboarding locations, having its own Wikipedia page. The computer game "Tony Hawk's Underground" even included a section modeled like the Banks, complete with red curved brickwork for the game's Manhattan level.


There are other iconic skate spots like the paved ball field on the northwest quadrant of Tompkins Square Park, which has been a gathering point for skateboarding in NYC since the late 1980s when a shop called Skate NYC occupied retail spaces at 445 East 9th Street and then 149 Avenue A, both directly across the street from Tompkins Square Park. It was repaved and repainted in 1988, making it ideal for urethane wheels, and it has since become a skater's holy ground. Even now, with all of the fantastic NYC public skate parks scattered around the five boroughs, they can't compare to the magic and history of Tompkins. This has been going on for almost thirty years. And with the inclusion of skateboarding in the 2021 Olympics, skateboarders now especially in New York City will be taken more seriously. All over New York City, there are more indoor skate parks opening up in abandoned warehouses and so many more places.

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