NYC Skateboarding Back in the Day. (Photography)

When we think of skateboarding from a historical perspective, we usually think of California, where the 1970s saw a bunch of kids skating in empty pools and the cutting edge tactics of the Zephyr team that subsequently revolutionized skateboarding. For more on that check out an excellent doc called Dogtown and Z boys.

But what about before this all happened? The Gothamist ran a couple of neat pictures courtesy of Life Magazine photographer Bill Eppridge of the initial skateboarding trend in the mid 60s. They also included a promo of a film called The New York Skate Movie, which looks like a historical perspective of NYC skating. Scroll below to check it out.

There’s also a cool short doc I dug up called 5boro: New York, New York which captures the flavour of skating through the manic energy of New york streets. If you want to watch it full screen, click the lower right button to watch on Google Video.

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