A new skate shop recently opened in Greenpoint Brooklyn. East River Skate Shop is located at 86 Greenpoint Avenue just down the block from House of Vans and next to the Pencil Factory. We stopped by to check it out and interviewed the owner/skateboarder Richard Oates.
Originally from Long Island and a former chef at the popular NYC restaurant Freemans, Richard has been skateboarding since he was a kid. Recently after starting a family he’s following his dream to own & operate his own skate shop. He carries local brands like Hopps, SHUT, 5Boro, Fairweather and Northern Company along with other selective popular brands. The shop itself includes a library style deck wall and ramp/box inspired tables and shelves. Look closely and you’ll see trucks installed on the walls functioning as shirt racks. Here’s a first look at the shop in our NYSB exclusive interview with Richard embedded below followed with some additional photos.