Update — August 2013: The ground at the slanted ledges has been completely torn up, oddly some eight months after they repaved the surface. No telling what the future may hold for the spot, as the ledges themselves still remain, but they could very well alter it so its no longer a spot.
Next to the Banks, this is easily the most frequented spot throughout all of Lower Manhattan, so it’s best to avoid it if you’re looking for a low-key session.
Towards the back there are four, approximately 25-foot-long, foot-and-a-half high, fully waxed granite ledges with mildly slanted sides (for wallrides and rolling out of tricks). They rest atop perfectly paved asphalt, with plenty of room for flatground tricks and catching up speed. Above, there are a handful of lower ledges, waxed pretty well, and also without ends running alongside a pedestrian path. Following the ledges there’s a perfect five stair. Continuing along the same path, there’s a set-up that can be skated as a three up, five down, or just as three, four, or five sets. There’s a foot high ledge running alongside the five-stair as well; it is frontside for regular footed skaters and backside for goofy footed ones. Below there’s a bunch of smooth, rounded-off wooden benches without ends and several two-foot-high poles coming from the ground to do tricks over.
The only things throughout the park left to be found, aside from the occasional grate to do tricks over or random marble slabs dispersed throughout is a marble ledge over a six stair/gap. It’s a little over a foot in height, four feet long, and complete with a six-foot drop at the end. It can be skated from either side, and has a rugged, although manageable runway and a smooth landing.
Bust — ♦♦ / Occasional: Very rarely the Parks Department will cruise up and tell you to leave; usually they let you skate here. It’s not the best spot on weekend or summer afternoons given it’s where all the tourists get the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, making its almost impossible to dodge them. At night, there’s sufficient light, although if you’re trying to film, you may need a camera light.
Location: The entire waterfront at the southernmost tip of Manhattan Island. Take the 1 to South Ferry, or the R or W to Whitehall Street and skate towards the water. The majority of the most frequently-skated obstacles are near the NY Waterway Ferry to New Jersey.
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