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'Something for Everyone' at Spiffy New Cooper Skate Park

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

A brand-new skate park in East Williamsburg was swarmed this evening with those eager to test their glide on the ledges, ramps and rails.
The mood was enthusiastic as skaters descended on Cooper Park, but despite crowds people politely waited turns for a chance to practice ollies and tricks. The smell of something herbal wafted from a far corner.
Many of the skaters said they were from other neighborhoods and boroughs and were coming to check out the scene. But for the locals, the new park is a major upgrade.
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Freemans Chef Opens East River Skate Shop in Greenpoint

Rich Oates at East River Skate Shop (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Rich Oates at East River Skate Shop (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The sound of skateboards wooshing by triggers some stressful memory nerve in me, tripping me back to high school when I attempted to teach myself to skate, before I fully understood the depths of my unathleticism and hopelessness when it comes to foot-eye coordination. (Speaking of tripping, that’s all I ever did on a skateboard.) But when I walked into Greenpoint’s new skate shop, I was quickly put at ease by owner Rich Oates, a chill guy who talks about skating in a way that makes it seem easy, approachable even.

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Peep These Old-School Photographs of New-School Skateboarders

Lance Mountain in his bowl in California. (Photo: Matt Alberts)

Lance Mountain in his bowl in California. (Photo: Matt Alberts)

Last November, photographer Matt Alberts loaded up his Airstream with three of his pals, a stock of chemicals, and a large format camera. The foursome took off south and hit Route 66, riding it all the way to California to document the “people who have dedicated their lives to skateboarding.”
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Can Citi Bikes Shred? Let’s Find Out!

Can Citi Bikes Shred? Let’s Find Out!

We never thought we’d see Billy Rohan on a Citi Bike. You’re more likely to catch him skateboarding in Iraq or backflipping off a cop car.

But the other day he shot us an idea: “I thought it would be a funny skit to take these silly bikes to famous skate spots and get our friends to ride them on stairs and skate parks.”
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Skater Joel Meinholz Grabs Sloppy Cemitas En Route to Slappy Sundays

There’s a good chance that before you’ve finished watching the video above, professional skateboarder and event promoter Joel Meinholz will have hatched five new ideas.

As we followed the Milwaukee native around on a humid Sunday, he schemed something on each block – everything from a skateboarding play based on “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” to an initiative that would turn boring blocks into obstacle courses by adding transitions to existing architecture.
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