The legacy of NYC skateboarding seems to grow exponentially with every passing generation. Today, Manhattan and the four other boroughs—The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island house more professional skateboarders, skateparks, and legendary spots than ever before, and NYC sits high on the industry radar as one of the most coveted cities on the planet—be it for photos/footage, shop real estate, or outright trendsetting supremacy. From the skate scene’s genesis back in the ’70s and ’80s to the raw street golden era that blossomed through the ’90s, NYC skate culture might just be the richest blend of uncut authenticity on the planet. In ode to the city’s forefathers, the following week of videos seeks to merge past with present and give the big picture as to how things have and have not changed in the Big Apple. Dedicated to all NYC skaters—past, present, and future.
Video by Richard Quintero, words by Mackenzie Eisenhour