- 5050 Skatepark
354 Front St., nr. Prospect St., Staten Island; 347-857-6007
As the city’s only indoor skate park, 5050 doesn’t have any direct competition. But owners Ed Pollio and Angelica Popolano aren’t just investors who saw a hole in the market; they’re veterans of Staten Island’s thriving BMX scene who called in their brethren to help design the 8,000-square-foot romper room. Thrill-seekers on bikes, skateboards, and kick scooters travel from all five boroughs to take advantage of 5050’s street-mimicking choppy concrete, textured-wood ramps, and all-inclusive vibe (the youngest regular is 4; the oldest, 56). Weekday session rates are $12 and weekends $20, but for the hard-core, $600 buys unlimited access for a year.
Best Skate Park
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).