Looking for a little retro, rolling fun for the whole family? You don’t have to like disco or join the derby to enjoy roller skating. While there are fewer roller rinks in the NYC metro area than there used to be, you can still find spots to get your skate on. (We found 10!) Introduce the kids to the fun of cruising ‘round the rink or ‘hood (or let them introduce you) at these venues and clubs. Click through to get rolling!
To Skate With a Skyline View
Remember the opening montage of the movie Manhattan? Then you might hear an orchestra playing “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin once you get an eyeful of the Pier 2 Roller Skating Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park. You’ll see the Brooklyn Bridge and the skyline over the East River from this 180-foot by 75-foot rink with a poured epoxy surface — which is softer for falls than concrete. Beginners can rent a "skate mate," a plastic support similar to a walker to lean on while learning. They have public skate hours almost every day, but check out their schedule for details, and keep in mind that they offer group packages and birthday parties for reasonable rates, too.
Cost: $9 for a two-hour session; skate rental $6; skate mate rental $6. Hot tip!: Admission is free on Mondays and Fridays from 3-6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon (skate and skate mate rental still charged.)
Pier 2, 150 Furman St.
photo: via Brooklyn Bridge Park Facebook page
What’s your favorite NYC roller rink? Tell us in the comments!
— Gretchen Kunz