New York City

New York City has been at the center of East Coast skateboarding since the ‘70s. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, it produced pros like Jefferson Pang, Chris Keefe, Ryan Hickey, and the late Harold Hunter. It also gave rise to Shut Skates, whose co-founder Rodney Smith went on to launch Zoo York with Eli Gesner and Adam Schatz. While some of the city’s most iconic spots, including the Brooklyn Banks, are no longer skateable, it continues to nurture skaters like Zoo York am Kevin Tierney and Palace am Shawn Powers, and draw others, former Alien Workshop pro Jake Johnson among them.