Update – July 19, 2010: The bank has been skatestopped with spiked metal bars running across the entire surface. Drunk people will still climb on it, but skateboarders will not. Click for photo.
Photo by Jay Maldonado
Clearly a display of “progressive” architecture, this absurd appendage of the new Cooper Union building quickly turned into one of best spots in the area. The bank is an upwards triangle, fairly mellow, and made out of smooth, polished concrete. It is narrow and you will need to dip in and out of the corner when skating it, or simply pop a wallie over one of the many slanted pillars extending from the building.
Bust — ♦♦♦♦♦ / Almost Immediate: Your time here typically will not last longer than five minutes, but you could get lucky and stumble upon a longer session. The spot is positioned right next to the security desk, so odds are against you. Oh, and people with liberal arts degrees will often stop by and ask you why you’re disrespecting such a magnificent work of art.
Location: East Seventh Street and Third Avenue in the East Village. Take the 6 to Astor Place and skate one block east on Astor / Saint Mark’s Place. Make a right on Third Avenue and skate south for one block.
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