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Here’s a Brooklyn Banks history lesson from Manny Pangilinan (@rollskateboardco @mannyaloha) in his first episode of Skateboards Stories.

There was a time when there were no skateparks in New York City. The Brooklyn Banks were not designed for skateboarding, yet they became New York City’s skatepark by default. Narrator Manny Pangilinan was local skater their from 1987-1991. He witnessed many moments like a brick in the banks and he shares his story of the place – a time when there were no cell phones and hardly any cameras on hand. He captures some skateboard memories before they are lost and forgotten.