7. New York City
Sure there’s a new park popping up almost every month and eventually the Brooklyn Banks will see a revitalization thanks to the efforts of Steve Rodriguez and other devoted New York icons, but everyone knows that skating in NYC is always about the streets. Sometimes the hottest spot in Manhattan is a construction site that’s gone in a few weeks, while other times it’s something in an outer borough that seems impossible to skate, but it always looks distinct on camera. It’s that mix of landmark spots and streets that change by the minute, coupled with traffic, people and attitude that make NYC both a challenge and a triumph to skate.