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We Rode Hoverboards Around New York City And Here's What Happened

Two men, four wheels, one dream.

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...and these two dummies decided to take them out of the office and into the mean streets of New York City.
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...and these two dummies decided to take them out of the office and into the mean streets of New York City.

Getting out of the office proved a little difficult.

It took a lot of coordination and confidence to wind our way through the tight corridors that led to the freight elevator. Our friend Scott had to open doors for us along the way.
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It took a lot of coordination and confidence to wind our way through the tight corridors that led to the freight elevator. Our friend Scott had to open doors for us along the way.

Buttons, however, proved no challenge.

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Quarters were a bit cramped aboard the elevator, and required a lot of careful balance.

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Other folks on the elevator maybe would have preferred that we'd waited for things to be a little less crowded, but we were unstoppable.

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Except for when we were stopped immediately once we got outside.

This is Andrew. He spotted us the moment we left our office and pulled up on his skateboard to grill us about the devices. Board respect board.
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This is Andrew. He spotted us the moment we left our office and pulled up on his skateboard to grill us about the devices. Board respect board.

After a little banter with Andrew, we decided to really open these bad boys up and see how fast they could go.

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Turns out, not very fast at all if you wipe out, which Isaac did almost immediately.

The phrase "walk before you run" comes to mind.
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The phrase "walk before you run" comes to mind.

One of the first challenges we encountered were crosswalk ramps.

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Isaac Fitzgerald / BuzzFeed
Isaac Fitzgerald / BuzzFeed

It's surprisingly difficult to maintain your balance while going up and down even the smallest inclines.

Isaac decided to take a pass on crosswalks altogether.

Safety first.
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Safety first.

We made our way to Madison Square Park, where we thought we'd have plenty of clear paths to really spread our wings.

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That's when we learned a very simple lesson: When you're on a hoverboard, look where you're going, not at your camera.

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That said, people were very curious about the boards.

We got stopped a lot, answered a lot of questions, and definitely received some looks.
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We got stopped a lot, answered a lot of questions, and definitely received some looks.

Even dogs were excited about this giant leap forward in locomotive innovation.

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Isaac Fitgerald / BuzzFeed
Isaac Fitgerald / BuzzFeed

"Hey man, where can I get one?"

Eventually, with a little practice, we became one with the boards under our feet.

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Something inside us had changed.

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We were like glorious, hovering angels.

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We swore we'd never use our feet to get around again.

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Hoverbros for life!

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