For my next trip to New York, I plan on taking my longboard with me so I can go cruising, exploring, and bombing the great bike routes and hills the city has to offer!
Two of the best places for longboarding in NYC are the endless bike paths that run along both riversides, and the breathtaking pathways and hills of Central Park. There are also other lesser known locations and epic routes you can take to have a blast pushing, cruising, and/or freeriding on your longboard. Read on to learn about some the best spots I’ve found as I was planning for my trip.
1. Longboarding along the Manhattan riversides (NYC)
The Greenway bike paths along the Manhattan rivers are
The bike lane stretch along the East River Park is quite good as well, wide and well paved for carving. The pavement gets a bit rougher as you ride further South, however, but it gets smoother again near South Street Seaport. Although the East River Greenway runs along the East Side similar to the Westside path, it gets interrupted Midtown from 34th to 83rd streets, so you have to ride on narrow bike lanes in traffic around the United Nations building.
2. Longboarding in Central Park (NYC)
Central Park is also a gorgeous and compelling area for longboarding in NYC. One great spot for some nice freeriding is Great Hill in the Northwest side of the park. There are also mild hills you can practice sliding on around the pool on the Northeast side of the park.
The Central Park loop lets you push around the park on your longboard along with the cyclists at
Skater’s Road is a nice flatland Central Park spot well-suited for beginners and longboard dancing.
3. Longboarding in Brooklyn NY
Prospect Park in Brooklyn is also among
There’s also a good zone for practicing flatland longboarding near the 15th Street Prospect Park train station and the Bartel-Pritchard square.
Another fantastic route for distance skating on your longboard is
4. Distance longboard skating across Manhattan
If you’re into long-distance skating, an awesome longboarding journey in NYC is to skate from the Broadway Bridge North of Manhattan all the way down to Battery Park at the South of the Island. Bob Cromwell from New York has done it and has put out a detailed report of his epic journey in his extensive post with some cool pictures of the main points on the route.
Here’s a summary of his path:
- Start at Broadway and 10th Avenue heading down toward Dyckman Street along the Harlem River and on the Harlem River Drive bike path, under the Washington Bridge.
- 159th to 59th Street: through the Jackie Robinson Park, along Saint Nicholas Park, into Central Park and past the reservoir, along the American Museum of Natural History, down to Columbus Circle.
- 59th to 23rd Street: Broadway through Midtown, skate through Time Square, past the Ed Sullivan theater, Madison Square Park, Flatiron Building
- 23th Street to Battery Park: Chelsea Piers, Hudson River bike path, along High Line Park and the
MeatpackDistrict, around North Cove and Battery Park City.
5. Freestyle & skatepark longboarding in NYC
If you’re into park and pool riding on your longboard, there are quite a few skateparks you can hit in NYC. Here are some of the best ones:
- LES skatepark: the best street park in NYC since its 2012 revamp – for some, even one of the best in the world. All kinds of skaters go there, so it sometimes gets crowded. See photos
- Pier62 skatepark (Chelsea park): the biggest and best transition park in NYC. It’s located on the Hudson River.
- Riverside Skatepark (Andy Kessler Memorial Skate Park) has a 10′ vert ramp.
- Tribeca Skatepark: also located on the Hudson River at Pier 25. Photos
- Hamilton Bridge Skatepark: located in Washington Park. Has a nice shallow bowl and two separate riding flows. Photos
- Thomas Jefferson Skatepark: a recent skatepark located in the Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, by the Harlem River.
- Cooper Skatepark in Brooklyn
- McCarren Skatepark in Brooklyn
- Astoria Skatepark
If you’re into