The top skate parks and shops in New York City

Discover skate parks where you can show off your best board tricks, and stores packed with sweet gear

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  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    Pier 62 Skatepark

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    Pier 62 Skatepark

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    Pier 62 Skatepark

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    Pier 62 Skatepark

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    Pier 62 Skatepark

  • Photograph: Dennis Williford

    Homage Brooklyn

  • Photograph: Evan Walsh

    KCDC Skateshop

  • Photograph: Courtesy Shut NYC

    Shut NYC

Photograph: Michael Skigen

Pier 62 Skatepark

NYC is and always has been a mecca for skaters of all ages to come and ride the sometimes gritty urban landscape. Luckily for us, though, the city has provided some incredibly gnarly skateparks dotted all around the five boroughs. From beginner bowls to ramps that would make Bob Burnquist blush, these are some of the best skate parks in the city.

Parks

Millennium Skate Park

  • Free

There's some pretty sweet ramp and bowl action going on here, with some excellent opportunities for air as well as some of the best coping in Brooklyn. Sure, it may be in Bay Ridge, but don't let that stop you. A quick hop off of the N and R train, Millennium Skate Park is just out of the way enough to be open, yet well-made enough for the occasional skater pro sighting. nycgovparks.org; free; signed waiver required to skate.

  1. Owl’s Head Park, Shore Rd between Narrows Ave and 68th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Pier 62 Skatepark

  • Free

Just west of Chelsea is a skate haven worthy of being perhaps the best skatepark in NYC. A rather massive park at 15,000 square feet, it's nestled at the end of Pier 62 (duh) and features some of the coolestramps and rails this side of California. The whole park is suited for all types, from beginners to hardcore skaters. A uniquely open park in the middle of a metropolis? Heck yeah. hudsonriverpark.org; free.

  1. W 23rd St at the Hudson River
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River Avenue Skate Park

  • Free

If you're more inclined to ride street style (i.e. Not all about ramps!) this is the park for you. Low to the ground with a vast array of rails and stairs, the Bronx's very own River Avenue park is a concrete playground made with accessibility in mind. There's ample opportunity here to find your own line and skate until the sun goes down. And then some. nycgovparks.org; free; signed waiver required to skate.  

  1. Southwest corner of River Ave and 157th St, Bronx

Shops

Homage Brooklyn

Homage Brooklyn

Homage Brooklyn

The gear lining this shop’s walls won’t be of any use to you if you don’t know how to use it. Fortunately, the independently owned haven for skateboarders (and snowboarders) also runs the New York Skate Academy (615 DeGraw St between Third and Fourth Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn), which offers group ($30/hr) and private ($75/hr) lessons for peeps of all ages and skill levels, so you can learn how to, you know, actually skate after nabbing a board.

  1. 64 Bergen St , (between Court and Smith Sts)
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KCDC Skateshop

KCDC Skateshop Photograph: Evan Walsh

KCDC Skateshop

The fact that this well-stocked store offers top-of-the-line goods by more than 250 brands isn’t the only reason you’ll want to swing (or skate) by. KCDC is also a big part of the skater community in North Brooklyn, welcoming concerts and other special events (No Age and Ty Segall rocked out in its old space in 2010 and 2011, respectively) and taking over a nearby Williamsburg venue each Thursday through April 18 for Skate Night, which features music, art and (duh) skating. 718-387-9006, kcdcskateshop.com

  1. 85 North 3rd St #118, (at Wythe Ave)
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Shut NYC

Shut NYC Photograph: SHUT Archive

Shut NYC

When Shut introduced its line of skating equipment in 1986, it was the first company of its kind in the city, and its high-quality, USA-made boards quickly became a hot commodity. Its open-to-the-public shop on the Lower East Side, which debuted in 2008, hosts photography and artwork exhibits and remains a destination for committed skaters of all ages—even kids, who can peruse instructional DVDs and a Junior Varsity line of gear—and, we hope, absorb warnings from staffers about the potential for a lifetime of painful groin injuries. Though true skaters wouldn’t have it any other way. 212-420-7488, shutnyc.com

  1. 158 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts

Additional reporting by Samantha Neudorf.


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5 comments
Tommy
Tommy

You guys didn't mention Wampum skate shop which was best of 2012 in time out.

Tommy
Tommy

You guys didn't mention Wampum skate shop which was best of 2012 in time out.

Casper
Casper

Born and raised in NY, yet I've never heard of a funkys skateshop being around or the oldest.....

NY Skateboarding
NY Skateboarding

Jeremy, it might be a good idea to do a little more research. To the fact that Coleman aka LES skate park is not on the list damages you and this list's credibility. The shop selects are pretty good though - maybe add LABOR skate shop to make it complete. - NYSB