Update – Summer 2012:
The gap over the handicap ramp & rail is blocked off by scaffolding, as is the keyhole ledge-to-drop. Thanks to Eby for the tip.
The eight-stair rail out back got knobbed. The knobs are welded in. R.I.P.
CBS used to be the most popular spot in midtown maybe 10 years ago, even after the building blocked off the infamous drop to ledge seen in countless late-90s videos. It became more of a bust after 9/11, and they began sandblasting the ledges with more regularity. It is not that fun anymore.
Out back, there are a bunch of red marble benches that will most likely need a minute of waxing before you can skate them, and an average-sized 8-stair rail approachable from both sides. On the south side of the building, you can still skate the ledge-to-drop keyhole style, but it is not wide enough for lipslides or boardslides, and just sketchy overall. The most oft-skated thing is a gap off a five-foot high platform, over a four-foot handicap ramp, and its accompanying rail. On the north side, are two ledges over six. The frontside for regular side is a bit lower than the backside for regular side.
Bust — ♦♦♦♦ / Very Likely: There are security guards at both buildings, but how long it takes for them to come outside to kick you out is anyone’s guess. Typically, skating the rail gap will get you kicked out the quickest. It is a night spot, but Saturday and Sunday sessions during the colder half of the year can also prove to be a decent time to stop by.
Loction: 52nd Street and 6th Avenue. Take the B, D, F or M to 47th Street – Rockerfeller Center and go north on 6th Avenue for 5 blocks. The building is on the east side of the street.
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