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cbs
sixth avenue
This building is surrounded by some of the most perfect terrain for skating you could find in midtown. The border of the building is composed of seven steps all leading to each entrance. Running along the steps are perfectly squared-off granite ledges, usually about six feet in length with a five-and-a-half to six-foot drop off at the end. The lowest one is the famous "52" ledge which is on the 53rd Street side of the building. It is around a foot-and-a-half in height, with only about fifteen feet of smooth sidewalk runway before the curb. So you could either jump onto your board to gather speed, ollie up the curb, or curve into the ledge. On the opposite side of the building, there's the CBS Rail gap, which is a five-foot long gap over a handicap ramp and the rail that runs parallel to it. The runway for it is off a six-foot high platform, about sixty feet in length, three feet wide and on a perfectly smooth granite surface. In the back of the building is a whole bunch of foot-and-a-half high, five foot long marble benches, which are sandblasted frequently, so make sure you bring wax. Typically during the peak of the winter or summer, they'll be completely waxed but the building does manage to ruin that at least three times a year. There's an infinite supply of them, and they are approachable from all sides. Like the rest of the spot, the ground here is absolutely perfect. Finally, in back is a eight-stair square rail which is perfect, although high. The runway and landing for it are ideal.

It's completely unpredictable, but it typically works against you given that you'll rarely skate here for more than a half hour. Don't even think of coming here before 8 or 9 P.M. on any given day if you're looking to get more than 30 minutes.

52nd Street and Sixth Avenue. Take the B, D, F or V to 47th Street-Rockefeller Center and skate north for five blocks. The spot is on the east side of the street, across from Paine Webber.

       

     


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