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Hundreds gather under Manhattan Bridge to honor ‘most famous skateboarder from NYC’

Posted at 7:43 PM, Oct 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-04 19:43:47-04

LOWER EAST SIDE -- Hundreds of New York City's tight-knit skateboarding community gathered under the Manhattan Bridge to remember Harold Hunter, perhaps the most famous skateboarder in New York City, who was also an actor who starred in the 1995 movie "Kids."

He was a Lower East Side legend who died of an overdose in 2006.

Skaters converge under the Manhattan Bridge to honor actor and fellow skater Harold Hunter. (Photo: PIX11 News/ Ken Evseroff and Jack Kearny)

Skaters converge under the Manhattan Bridge to honor actor and fellow skater Harold Hunter. (Photo: PIX11 News/ Ken Evseroff and Jack Kearny)

"He was so charismatic, a legend," Jefferson Pang, a professional skateboarder, told PIX11. "He was the most famous skateboarder from New York City."

The gathering was sponsored by the Harold Hunter Foundation, which brings together members of the skateboarding community for scholarship and mentoring opportunities.

"He was my brother and he was great," Ronald Hunter told PIX11. "He would have loved this Harold Hunter IX Day."

There is a move to name the skate park under the Manhattan Bridge the Harold Hunter Skate Park.