Skate shop manager wants to fulfill friend's dream

A man is taking over a skate shop in Greenpoint to keep his friend's dream of helping young skateboarders flourish. East River Skate Shop was only open for eight months before owner Richard Oates'

News 12 Staff

Feb 29, 2016, 4:47 AM

Updated 2,972 days ago

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Skate shop manager wants to fulfill friend's dream
A man is taking over a skate shop in Greenpoint to keep his friend's dream of helping young skateboarders flourish.
East River Skate Shop was only open for eight months before owner Richard Oates' life was cut short. The 32-year-old father of two was skateboarding in the Lower East Side when police say he fell off his board and was run over by a truck.
Jad Allen-Magaziner, Oates' friend, says he didn't want the shop to close its doors. Magaziner has been involved in the skateboarding community for a long time and wanted to help his peers.
He says he wanted to be able to keep the store going to pass it on to Oates' two young sons.
The shop wants to honor Oates further by eventually opening a skate park nearby to make sure young riders will be able to ride safely.


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