Winter has left New York skateboarding frozen once again this year making skateboarders battle the cold, rain, sleet, slush and snow for several months. The fortunate ones take flight and head somewhere warm as others work with what’s available. After each winters’ first snowfall our inbox explodes with questions about indoor spots. Here’s a list of indoor spots we recommend to skateboard in New York to escape the winter of 2015.
2nd Nature Indoor Skate Park (Peekskill, NY)
Skateboarder owned & operated 2nd Nature skate park is definitely worth the trip. Huge space, skate shop on-site and it has a 2nd floor room dedicated to a micro bowl. Sessions run all week from $12 – $15, they also have monthly memberships available starting at $100.
5050 Skate Park (Staten Island, NY)
5050 Skate Park is Staten Island’s first indoor park and it’s owned & operated by BMX OG Ed Pollio and his girlfriend Angelica Popolano. Sessions are mixed with more than just skateboarding and will run you around $14 – $20 per day. 5050 is usually open on weekdays (except Mondays & Tuesdays) from 3pm – 8pm and Saturdays from 11am – 10pm.
Black Bear Bar Bowl (Williamsburg, BK)
Not far from House of Vans is the Black Bear Bar Bowl. Funded by Levi’s and HUF it’s an indoor bowl built in the bar’s front room. The bowl is caged off but is viewable to people inside the bar. It’s open to the public (21+), drinks are not allowed inside the ramp area.
Homage TF (Gowanus, BK)
Homage skate shop in Brooklyn has a private indoor TF with a little street section and a mini ramp. They frequently host skate lessons, camps and do Old Man Mondays (30+) open sessions weekly. Follow our event calendar for upcoming events at the Homage TF.
House of Vans (Greenpoint, BK)
The House of Vans is a private facility located in Greenpoint Brooklyn but hosts open sessions one night a week to the public throughout Winter. Not only can you skate the street course and bowl for free but they usually have free pizza, drinks and host open mic performances by local talent. Check our event calendar for upcoming flyers.
Oil City Indoor Skate Park (Oceanside, NY)
Oil City has been around for several years now housing not only a large street course and a wide mini ramp but it also has an indoor vert ramp. Known for being slippery at times and having a large scooter fan base this park can be challenging but it is indoors.
LIC Keyholder Spot (Long Island City, NY)
The LIC Keyholder Spot has been commonly called the #secretspot or #codatf as Coda Skateboards owner Pat Smith built a majority of the ramps along with Ben Beasley & crew. With the exception of KCDC Skate Nights, only key-holders and guests have access and the spot which is monitored by a security system. If you’re able to skate it, the space is huge including three mini ramps, huge manny pad, flat bank and a growing amount of concrete ramps. The spot is temporary and will be closed
after this winter on March 15th.
Skate Brooklyn Mini Ramp (Park Slope, BK)
Skate Brooklyn skate shop has a mini ramp right inside the shop. They frequently host events, follow our event calendar for upcoming flyers.
The Bridge Skatepark (Bayonne, NJ)
We’re including The Bridge Skatepark (NJ) as it’s just minutes north of Staten Island over the Bayonne Bridge. It includes a nice mix of ramps, ledges, hubbas and a rail to skate. Three hour sessions will run you $12 or you can do a full day for $20. Monthly memberships are available for $100 per month. They’re open every day, Monday is half price and Tuesdays are bike only sessions.
Winter Bowl (Shhh)
Thanks to Levi’s and Converse the Winter Bowl is another private key-holder spot that includes a mini ramp and a professionally built bowl by California Skate Parks. There’s been some mention of allowing guests in for a small donation but nothing official. Hit up some of your old Autumn Bowl buddies to find out more info. However it does have an Instagram account – @winterbowl.