Places we visited in the episode of Lost and Found: Billy Rohan
In New York City’s Chinatown Lower East Side, the L.E.S. Coleman Skatepark was a neglected park used mainly by skateboarders. In 2012, through a grant from Nike Gamechangers and the involvement of the local skate community like skate advocate Steve Rodriguez, the park received a complete renovation. For those coming to New York with plans to skate, this is a must stop. The park features ledges, jumps, rails and a pyramid. The location is also quite interestingly dramatic – as it’s right beneath the Manhattan Bridge, with views of the water. The sound of skate wheels against that of cars going by on the bridge above is also pretty wild.
Surrounded by federal buildings, including the 1933-built Courthouse, and with a center monumental sculpture that commemorated an early African burial ground, is Foley Square. Depending on what day and what time of day you stop by, the square hosts a local greenmarket, people performing tai chi and… a lot of guys skateboarding. The attractions for skateboarders: polished granite ramps and several flights of stairs.
Bistro style European restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In Billy Rohan’s opinion, best cappuccino in Soho.
Petrocino Square is a small park located right where Little Italy, SoHo, Chinatown and Nolita come together. Benches and its busy location with shops all around make it a great place to take a rest and people watch.
The Chanel SoHo store on 139 Spring Street has been opened since 2010.
One of Booker’s most favorite spots in all of New York, Washington Square Park is a great neighborhood park. From parades to chess players to independent entertainers, you are never bored at the park.