I first started roller skating in the 1970's...and like many a teen back then all it took was 1 trip to a roller rink get hooked! Invited by friends, i struggled like all first time skaters with my balance but something about the experience clicked, and for the next year I was on skates almost everyday!
Roller Jam located in Staten Island. But back to the 70's for a bit...my local rink The Roxy roller rink (opened in 1978) was my weekly thrill. Great music, and some of the best skaters I've ever seen. It closed for good in the beginning of this decade, but serious skating there had been in decline for years...when the lights went out I thought an era was gone. Occassionally I would wander past the Central Park Skaters and pine fo the goood old days, but my skates were still in deep storage (3 hrs away), and skating was only something i dreamed about, but this would ALL change in 2013!
Here's a list of my fave places to roll in the NYC/NJ area: again, in no particular order, The rinks: Newark NJ's Branch Brook Park, Union NJ's Skate 22, Lynbrook, Long Island's Hot Skates, Seaford L.I.'s United Skates of America . and then the incredibly unique Crazy Legs skate club located in Bedford Stuyvessant Brooklyn! taking place in a Salvation Army community gym...the skating takes place on a basketball court! Great D.J.'s always on hand.
Each place offers it's own unique vibe and many skaters will only be found at 1 place or the other!
So next time you want to roll....hit me up at Scott@scottedergallery.com for info!