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Skate or Cry

The Downtown Express follows up on the impending years-long closure of the Brooklyn Banks skate park with reaction from the skating community. Guess what: They're not happy about having their "Vatican" taken away. One skactivist says he could get hundreds of people to turn out for a hearing on the closure, and even if the city left 30% of the area open, that'd be fine. The Banks were twice before threatened with extinction, so even though the DOT says it'll eventually reopen, not every skater believes it. They're not the trusting kind. [DE; previously]