Skateboarding is the perfect form of transportation for New York City. There are hardly any hills, and you can tuck your board under an arm when you’re on the subway, so you’re not the jerk with the bike hogging all the space at rush hour. Plus, in a pinch, a skateboard is a fantastic weapon for overzealous cabbies and/or tourists (see the movie Kids). No place defines NYC skating like Shut Skates on the Lower East Side. Founded in 1986, Shut helped to establish the street-skating scene that emerged way back when. They specialize in quality, not quantity, and what they might lack in inventory they more than make up for in customer service. The staff is helpful and ready to guide you through the process of setting up your deck, and you know you’re buying one of the toughest sticks on the market. Shut’s heritage is in freestyle short decks, but they’ll accommodate the increasingly popular longboards (if you’re from California or something, bruh).