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Best Skateboard Shop

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As skateboarding has become more and more mainstream, it’s encouraging to know that an element of the underground still exists in the sport. The skate shop keeping that subversive aura alive in New York City cannot be easily found at a storefront in Lower Manhattan, or a warehouse in Brooklyn, but rather in an inconspicuous fifth-floor apartment in Washington Heights. Eugene Kang, the 39-year-old sole proprietor of Terminal Skateshop, runs the business out of his home on the corner of Wadsworth Avenue and 185th Street, mounting rows of brightly colored skate decks and trucks to his living room walls like family portraits, waiting for the right buyer to come knocking at his door. Those interested in purchasing a board from Kang are advised to call or text his cellphone before showing up, should he be out skating the nearby Highbridge Park, working one of his many side gigs, or napping. Through the act of merely entering Kang’s home, one experiences a unique intimacy and frankness at Terminal Skateshop — a rarity in an industry that has become dominated by what’s cool and trendy. 235 Wadsworth Avenue, #5A, Manhattan 10033, 212-740-7120, bit.ly/terminal-skate-fb