We had a solid crew of friends on this trip. While Colton Elrod, Christian Miller, Logan Hillenbrand, Chris Robles and myself had all been to NYC previously, both Adam Beccera and Christian Aguirre were first timers.
This board slide photo of Christian Miller sums up a lot of what skating in New York City is like... Hectic traffic, tourists in the way and a lot of energy.
Christian Miller was our wildcard on this trip. Besides being pen-pals of sorts for a few years none of us had met him in person. He jumped off the bus from Baltimore to meet up with us on the first day and was instantly part of the crew.
6 months after his first taste of New York, Adam uprooted himself from SF, moved to Brooklyn and got a job at Labor Skateshop.
Adam Fakie Backtail at the Reggaeton Ledges in Brooklyn
Logan Hillenbrand loves to pose for photos. You'd be hard pressed to find a candid shot of this kid.
Pushing down Park Ave to Union Square. Look back for one second, next thing you know you're falling face first into the street. Colton Elrod paid the price.
Warm nights are priceless and being on West Coast time makes it easy to stay out skating later than usual. All of a sudden its 3 in the morning. Good thing the subway runs all night.
Paul Seaholm moved to New York from SF a few years back and is one of the raddest dudes to skate with. Best style. Smith Grind at the Reggaeton Ledges in Brooklyn.
The subway makes skateboarding a lot easier in New York than some other cities. Sure, you might see some craziness but it beats sitting in traffic. $30 week pass and you're good to go.
Riding between the subway trains is a crazy feeling, especially when you add the vertigo of looking through your camera. Try it the next time you can, just don't get caught.
Apology not accepted. What lead to throwing roses onto the subway tracks? A lovers quarrel? First date that ended in disaster? We'll never know but it makes you wonder.
The Alligator Ledge. Depending on who you talk to it's either the best spot in the world or not worth skating at all... That's skateboarding for you.
Christian Miller got some good lines in before we moved on to the next spot he had in mind.
After skating Fort Greene Park Christian Aguirre and Logan decided to bomb this little dig hill for fun. It might not have been the best idea.
After a failed first attempt Christian bowed out but Logan decided to give it another shot.
The rocks and soft sand had had enough. The look on Christian's face tells the whole story..
Logan laughed off this dirt hill bomb slam. The next day he couldn't walk. The pain got worse and he decided to fly home to San Diego early. He later learned that the fall had re-torn his spleen from a previous injury that should have been done healing.
Christian Miller front tail on a blown out spot that is great for warming up. Tons of bikes and people walking add some flavor to the sessions.
"You're the first person to get a photo of me riding a skateboard. Usually they don't believe me when I ask and they say 'Do it again!', but I never do." Sargent Bin-Safar of the NYPD
"You guys be careful skating around here. One of the corner boys just got shot over there. They always come back looking for revenge. That's when it gets really dangerous for everybody else on the street. The whole gang mentality is to kill each other because they don't see any hope where they live. If you want to die so bad just walk to the top of a tall building and jump off. I feel bad saying that but I've been doing this a long time. Being a cop in New York isn't easy." Sargent Bin-Safar of the NYPD
Christian Miller taking a different approach to the infamous Blubba. Only after getting down from a phone booth to get the angle did I realize I had sat in a huge puddle of water, completely soaking my pants. The photo of his Backlip to Fakie made it all worthwhile.
Colton enjoying a cold beer on the Staten Island Ferry. It's rare one of the rare places in New York that public drinking is legal, beside the fact you get one of the best views of the Statue of Liberty.