Van Cortlandt Skate Park Construction Will Begin On April 11th (2017)

The Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have announced the official ground breaking ceremony for their new skate park. Head over to 240th & Broadway around 11AM next Tuesday (4/11) and check it out.

Editor’s Note – this is a ground breaking ceremony celebrating the start of construction. We’ve updated the post title to be more accurate.

Designs via NYC Parks Department

Skatepark Update: Oil City New Construction (2017)

Revamp is underway I Photo: @digimil

Oil City Skatepark is getting some minor updates to the main street course section. As of yesterday repairs and remodeling were fully underway, fixing up some ramps and changing up some areas with a fresh look. The park remains open and fully skateable, minus the ramps that are roped off, of course.

The park is located at 3565 Maple Ct # 1, Oceanside, NY 11572 in Long Island. Open 5 days a week, Wednesday thru Sunday.No word when the construction will be done, so check back here or call Oil City Skatepark for updates at (516) 442-0703.

First Look: SKATEYOGI Skateshop & Indoor Space (2017)

Kevin Banahan has been running SKATEYOGI for several years now originally giving lessons at LES Skatepark. What started out as a small operation has evolved into a sustainable business. He recently took it to the next level and opened up his own facility in Brooklyn, NY at 140 Empire Blvd and operates with the help of his friends and family. The space has a bunch of moveable ramps mostly on the smaller size helping kids and adults learn how to skateboard. The front of his space is stocked with boards, hardware & SKATEYOGI merch and usually has skate videos projected on the wall constantly throughout the day. If you talk with him, he’s positive and optimistic about the space and the community around him. From either behind the front desk or in the skate area Kevin is helping people learn how to skateboard. We visited his new space to find out what SKATEYOGI is all about. Interview with Kevin below.

 

Kevin giving out pointers I Photo: @nyskateboarding

What is SKATEYOGI?
SKATEYOGI originally got its name as an adult beginner skateboarding class taught in collaboration with Urban Asanas, a yoga studio in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. From there we expanded to classes for both kids and adults. We embrace the parallels between skateboarding and yoga. Both are forms of moving meditation where you can experience a flow state of being in the present. We strive to create an ego-free environment where people can have fun and express themselves creatively.

The ramps already show signs of being put to good use I Photo: @nyskateboarding

When are you open?
Our regular hours are Sunday 9am-5pm, Monday 3pm-7pm, Tuesday 3pm-7pm, Wednesday 3pm-9pm, Thursdays closes, and Saturday 9am-7pm.

Typical day in the life of a SkateYogi I Photo: @nyskateboarding

Describe the space?
The skate space has a polished concrete floor with a number of modular obstacles such as quarter pipes, launch ramps, boxes and flat bars that can be moved around easily. This makes the space versatile for a range of ability levels. We’ve seen some pretty interesting setups already!

A look at the lineup I Photo: @nyskateboarding

The front of the space has a full service skate shop with everything you need to set up your own skateboard or cruiser, as well as a variety of safety gear and SKATEYOGI products. We also have a small gallery space and an area to take a break from skating to have a snack or watch a skate video on our projector.

No shop is complete without a board wall and staple lurker paging through the latest skate mags I Photo: @nyskateboarding

What programs do you offer?
We offer group skateboarding classes for kids, teens and adults. We also offer an after-school program, day camps on public school holidays and a summer camp program for grades K-5. Private lessons and birthday parties are also available.

Open Skate?
During our regular business hours when our skate space isn’t being used for classes we we have an Open Skate available for $10. We post updates on open skate in our Instagram story so it’s best to check there. You get a free open skate ticket with every $100 purchase in the shop.

How many people can visit?
The open skates have been pretty mellow so far. For the kids, we’ve easily had 12 skaters in there taking turns and having a great time.

What made you choose the location?
I grabbed my skateboard one day to go scouting for spaces in the neighborhood. It was literally the first spot I saw right around the corner from our apartment. I’ve lived in Prospect Lefferts Gardens with my wife and daughter for the last 5 years and we love it here. It’s a tight knit neighborhood where everyone knows everyone and lots of families are raising their children. It feels great to be offering this space to the community that’s such a part of our lives.

SKATEYOGI storefront | Photo: @nyskateboarding

What’s the best part about being where you are?
The location is really convenient with the Prospect Park B/Q/S, Sterling Street 2/5, and major bus stops all nearby. We also have off-street parking for those coming by car.

How has the response from the community been?
It’s been so rad to see everyone that is pumped on the space. Whether it’s families walking by, college students popping in, or seasoned skateboarders, the response has been really positive. We’re looking forward to warmer weather when we can fold up our ramps and do some community skate clinics at local parks for the neighborhood kids.

The future is looking bright I Photo: @digimil

Anything else you would like people to know about the space?
Besides being an indoor skate space, we are also looking to use the venue for cultural events such as art shows and film screenings. Email [email protected] if you’d like to inquire about renting the space. We’re currently showing Pushing Wood an exhibition by Ramiro Davaro-Comas through February 11th so come by to check it out and say hi. Stay tuned on our Instagram (@skateyogi) and website for upcoming events.

Farewell From East River Skateshop (2017)

It is my sad responsibility to report that January 22nd will be East River Skate Shop’s last day of operation and will be holding a farewell open house from 4-8pm. I invite you to take this time to stop by the shop and pay respects to the family and skate shop that wanted to give back to the skate community we all benefit from.

When I first stepped foot in East River Skate Shop, it was just like any other new shop. It happened to open down the street from my apartment in Greenpoint, so I stopped in to check it out. I had no idea that two hours later I would still be standing in the shop having a beer with my new friend and shop owner Richard Oates. 

He started the shop in order to do something he loved and be closer to his family and shared with me his ideas, energy, and love for skateboarding among other things. Together, the husband and wife duo of Richard Oates & Marisa Kompar officially opened its doors in May 2015. As a committed member of the local community, the shop has been instilled with their passion for skateboarding, creativity & a connection to the community. 

Tragically, Richard was fatally injured in an accident on January 12, 2016.  With overwhelming support from the community, his family & friends re-opened the shop and have continued to run it over the past year. It’s been a great year, but the skate business is a fickle thing. With a recent shift in the families’ location, the Oates family has decided with a heavy heart that it’s time to close it’s doors. While this may be goodbye to the shop, may we never forget Richard, his family, and all that they gave to our community.

Lookbook: Belief – Winter (2017)

Sticking with the boutique feel they’ve been working with in this Queens skateshop, Belief has released a new line of apparel for the winter. Over the past couple years, Belief has been carving their own niche in regards to their brand and style. You can check the full line from the current evolution of their designs here.

 

10 New York Spots to Skateboard During Winter (2016)

Each Winter as the temperature drops and the snow sticks we compile a list of dry and warm places to skate here in New York. If you’re not lucky enough to migrate here’s some options to escape the Winter of 2016 listed alphabetically.

 

2nd Nature Mini Ramp (Mamaroneck, NY)

Skateboarder owned & operated 2nd Nature has a mini ramp inside their Mamaroneck shop. Each session will run you $5 and requires a signed waiver. They also offer a monthly pass for $50 and skate lessons at $50 per lesson.

614 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY

 

2nd Nature Indoor Skate Park (Peekskill, NY)

2nd Nature has a second location which is primarily a skate park and is definitely worth the trip. Huge space, skate shop on-site and it has a 2nd-floor room dedicated to a micro bowl. Sessions run all week from $12 – $15, they also have monthly memberships available starting at $100 and host birthday parties, camps and private lessons. Make sure to check the schedule and IG @2ntr before heading up.

1 Highland Industrial Park, Peekskill, NY 10566

 

5050 Skate Park (Staten Island, NY)

5050 Skate Park is Staten Island’s first indoor park and is owned & operated by BMX OG Ed Pollio and his girlfriend Angelica Popolano. Sessions are mixed with more than just skateboarding and will run you around $12 – $20 per day. 5050 is open all week (except Tuesdays) from 3pm – 8pm and Saturdays from 11am – 8pm. Check the 5050 schedule here or follow them on IG @5050skatepark.

354 Front Street, Staten Island, NY 10304

 

Homage Brooklyn (Gowanus, BK)

Homage recently consolidated their skate shop and TF, which now has two mini ramps under one roof. They frequently host skate lessons, camps and host open sessions during shop hours. Follow our event calendar or their IG @homage_brooklyn for upcoming events.

615 Degraw Street, Brooklyn 11217

 

House of Vans Brooklyn (Greenpoint, BK)

 

The House of Vans is normally a private facility located in Greenpoint Brooklyn but does host open sessions for special events and parties. Each winter they usually host open house skate sessions with free pizza, drinks and do an open mic in the VIP lounge. Nothing confirmed for 2017 yet so check our event calendar or @vansskate for upcoming HOV flyers & dates.

25 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

 

Jamestown Skate Products (Jamestown, NY)

Jamestown is about as west as you can go in New York state and is home to Jamestown Skate Products. Their 20,000 square foot, two-floor location houses a skate shop downstairs and large wooden bowl upstairs. Check their FB or IG @jamestownskateproducts for pics, clips and upcoming events.

209 Pine St, Jamestown, NY 14701

 

Oil City Indoor Skate Park (Oceanside, NY)

Oil City not only houses a street course and a wide mini ramp but it’s known for its indoor vert ramp. It can be slippery at times and has a large scooter & bmx fan base BUT it is indoors. Sessions cost $12 – $23 and run Wednesday through Sunday (closed Mondays & Tuesdays). Check their FB page or IG @oilcityskateparks in advance to make sure you don’t go on a BMX night or crash some scooter contest.

3565 Maple Court, Oceanside, NY 11572

 

Skate Brooklyn Mini Ramp (Park Slope, BK)

Skate Brooklyn skate shop has two mini ramps right inside the shop. They frequently host events and lessons, follow our event calendar for upcoming flyers. Follow them on IG @skatebrooklyn for pics, clips and upcoming events.

78 Saint Marks Place, Brooklyn 11217

 

Winter Bowl (Shhh)

Still running strong, the Winter Bowl is a private key-holder spot that includes a mini ramp and a professionally built bowl by California Skate Parks. Hit up some of your old Autumn Bowl buddies to find out more info. Or you can always stalk the place via it’s official Instagram account –  @winterbowl.

 

Forth Union (Asbury Park, NJ)

Photos: (L) Shredmaster Keith via @kylearc (R) Gnarmads Matt Cruz via @cornphoto

Making the list as it’s just over one hour south of NYC is Forth Union which houses an indoor bowl and a little street course with stairs, hubbas, qp’s, ledges and Jersey barriers of course. Sessions are $5 daily and they have monthly passes available for $30. Schedule and waiver available on ForthUnion.com. More pics & clips on their IG @fourthunionap.

700 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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