‘Skate every day of the week’ — A guide to NYC’s rollerskating renaissance

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'Skate every day of the week' — A guide to NYC's rollerskating renaissance


DON’T SLEEP ON THIS SUMMER OF SKATE

Here are some of the places to roll this summer.

The Roller Wave, various locations

The Roller Wave hosts pop up skate dance parties at a host of locations throughout the year. Their next event is scheduled for August 28th at 99 Scott Avenue in East Williamsburg. Tickets start at $20.

Skaterobics, various locations

Skaterobics, founded by retired correction officer Tanya Dean in 2015, hosts skate lessons at various locations in and around the city, most days a week. They do Sunday classes at St. John’s Recreation Center in Crown Heights, Saturday lessons in Queens Village and, on Thursdays and Sundays, they’re teaching lessons at DiscoOasis in Central Park. Some classes require a membership and others you can book for the day depending on the location. They’ve got classes outside the city at the American Dream roller rink in New Jersey and in United Skates of America on Long Island.

MANHATTAN

Skaters Road, Central Park

Skaters Road, or Skaters Circle, located just northeast of Sheep Meadow in Central Park is a storied destination for roller skaters as far back as the late 1970’s. The area was closed off this month for a long-awaited resurfacing. There was some indication it might reopen for skaters on July 30th and 31st, but further damage to the new surface during the recent triathlon may set that back. Once it reopens, expect dance skaters to return to busting moves there, weekend afternoons from 2:45 pm to 6:45 pm The Central Park Dance Skaters Association has been caring for the circle since the 1990’s, but Bob Nichols, the group’s 75- year-old president, said he’s eager to see more younger folks in the mix: “I’ve seen things in the world that are cyclical and and roller skating is one of those things,” he said.

Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace, Rockefeller Center

Flippers Roller Boogie Palace has overtaken the iconic outdoor ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center for the season through October. The rink is open every day, with special DJ guests. Tickets range in price from $12 to $40 depending on the time and day.

Denny Ferrell Riverbank State Park, Harlem

Denny Ferrell Riverbank State Park near West 145th Street and Riverside Drive is open to skaters afternoons and evenings every day but Thursday through mid-September. They have sessions where everyone is welcome and evening sessions for adults only on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 9 pm Entry costs $2 and it’s $6 to rent skates.

DiscOasis, Wollman Rink Central Park

Bask in the glimmering light of multiple disco balls at this dazzling roller rink pop-up at the Wollman Rink in Central Park. The rink is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and from 5:30 pm to 10 pm Tickets range in price depending on the day and time from $12 to $39 for special events. Skaterobics hosts special classes for kids twice a week and on Sundays for adults.

BROOKLYN

Pier 2 Roller Skating Rink, Brooklyn Bridge Park

This waterfront seasonal roller rink is open every day through mid-September, and then on weekends from mid-September through the end of October. Admission costs either $7 or $11, depending on the day, though there are several free sessions open to the public throughout the week. Roller skates and blade rentals cost $7 but you have to bring your own socks!

LeFrak Center Lakeside, Prospect Park

Through the end of October, the LeFrak Center Lakeside rink is open for roller skaters every day of the week from 10:30 am to 9 pm on weekdays and on weekends from noon to 6 pm They’re occasionally open later for special events and dance parties. The next $10 dollar dance party is scheduled for July 29th, with an additional fee for lockers and rentals.

Brooklyn Skate Club, AKA Crazy Legs Skate Club, Bedford Stuyvesant

What this school high school turned skate rink lacks in air conditioning, it makes up for with reliably impeccable vibes. Twice a week, Brooklyn Skate Club hosts open skates with lessons from 7-8 (lesson is a loose term). Zip around the swampy arena — complete with disco ball taped to a basketball hoop and a DJ blaring disco and hip hop — and gawk at the moves of some of the most graceful skaters in town. An open skate session follows from 8 pm to midnight. The cost for the session and lesson together is $15 and skate rentals are an additional $7. They’re taking a hiatus in August but will be back up in September, along with additional classes on Saturday. Check out their instagram for more details.

Da Dome, East New York

Da Dome hosts skating and skate parties for different pop-up events where admission typically costs $10 with $5 skate rentals. Check their social media platforms for upcoming events.

STATE ISLAND

Roller Jam USA

While the city once was home to a number of rinks in the disco-era, Roller Jam USA is currently the only year-round roller skating rink. You can find out more about visiting and pricing here.

BRONX

Summer Skate Series, St James Park, Fordham

The tennis courts at St. James have been reclaimed, with free community skate sessions on weekends throughout the summer, organized in part by Nancy Nacim-Valdes, 59, and the Skate Info Network group. “Skating has never left New York. It seems like it’s been underground,” she said, adding she’s eager to bring the sport to more Bronx residents. The next date on the books is August 6th.

QUEENS

Skates in the Park, Rosedale

Ian Bryant, 52, picked skating back up during the pandemic after he went to an outdoor stakerobics event. Now he’s running a free community skate of his own at PS 38 in Rosedale Queens, from 3 pm to 7 pm every Saturday. Skaters of all levels are welcome, but you have to bring your own skates, and protective gear is encouraged for beginners. For more information email gthemepromotions@gmail.com or visit Skates in the Park on Instagram.

TWA Hotel, Roll-A-Rama, JFK Airport

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the TWA’s popup outdoor roller rink is open, weather permitting, on a first come, first serve basis through November. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $16 for kids under the age of 12.



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