The New York City Inline Skating Guide

Where to Skate: Roller Rinks

There were few indoor rinks in the city to begin with, and unfortunately, due to a variety of factors almost all closed during the 2005-07 period. For info about that one rink and some others nearby but outside the city limits, the New York Times had an article in January 2011 which you might want to read.

Inline skaters should note that roller rinks which have wooden and other non-concrete surfaces often have a restriction on skates which might damage the floor. Usually this is in regards to exposed bolts in the frames, but there might be issues with glass fragments on other crud that might become embedded in your wheels when skating outdoors.


Chelsea Piers Roller Rinks
Pier 62, 22nd St. at West Side Hwy.

Rink no longer exists. After about ten years of use, the rink and skatepark on Pier 62 were ripped out in 2006. After several years of work, the pier re-opened as part of the Hudson River Park facilties, but while it included a new skatepark, there is no rink.

Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive at 145th St., Hamilton Heights
212-694-3642, 212-694-3600

There is a smooth concrete rink in this public park, just northeast of the football/soccer field. It doubles as an ice and roller rink, with open rollerskating during the summer. Although the rink is partially open to the elements (there is a roof and a clear, plastic fence about six feet high), sound doesn't seem to disperse much and it can get pretty noisy.

The rink can be crowded with many folks from Harlem, Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights, the neighborhoods across Riverside Dr. The atmosphere is very much that of a local rink. Riverbank has also hosted rollerhockey sessions, but this may vary year to year.

The Roxy

The famed dance/roller club on West 18th St. closed in spring 2007. It re-opened briefly as "Club 515" but not long later closed permanently.

Wollman Memorial Rink
Central Park Loop (east side) at approx. 63rd St.

Famous for ice skating during the winter, this rink used to be converted to roller use from April through October. As of 2015, it had been been at least ten years since Wollman offered any sort of summer skating program at all. Instead they have turned the rink into a mini-amusement park during the warm weather months.


Empire Roller Skating Center

The property was sold and the famed rink closed permanently in April 2007.

LeFrak Center
Prospect Park (east side near Lincoln Rd. entrance)

Formerly the site of Kate Wollman Rink, the park's "LeFrak Center at Lakeside" complex includes two rink areas, one of which is open for roller skating in spring, summer, and fall. The complex is recently (2013) rebuilt and renovated. The large skating area although open to the outdoors is covered.

Pier 2 Roller Rink
Brooklyn Bridge Park (150 Furman St.)

Indoor but seasonal rink that first opened in summer 2014. It's a full size rink located on one of the rebuilt park piers. The easiest way to get to the rink is to enter the park at Pier 1 (e.g., Old Fulton St.) and walk south on the park paths.

Staten Island

RollerJam USA
236 Richmond Valley Road, Tottenville

Rink opened in July 2007 and renovated in early 2013. And unless we've lost track of things, RollerJam has been the only indoor, year-round roller rink in the city almost since it first opened.

Reported to be a bit small and has a non-wood floor, but has plenty of leather couches for relaxing on when off your skates. It relatively quickly seemed to become fairly popular and draw good crowds.

The Bronx

The Skate Key

The Key was a rink in the Mott Haven neighborhood. It was closed permanently in March 2006 due to public nuisance problems (e.g., under-age drinking and gang-related activity).


E.J. Murray Memorial Rink
348 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers

Large covered facility that alternates between ice and roller/inline depending on the season. Roller/inline sessions are June through September. There is a big inline hockey program.

Long Island

Hot Skates
14 Merrick Road, Lynbrook

Located at the corner of Merrick Rd. and Rocklyn Ave., close to Ocean Ave. It's about halfway between the Lynbrook and Rockville Center stations on the Long Island Rail Road, about three quarters of a mile from each. Merrick Road is very busy and the rink located on a curve, so trying to skate to the rink from the train station is probably a bad idea. Consider cabbing it if you have taken the LIRR.

Alternatively, the MTA's N4 bus travels along Merrick Rd. and stops alongside the rink; you can catch the bus where it and the subway E train both terminate at Jamaica Center.

As of late 2011, there is a new "adult nite" session on Thursdays featuring DJ Big Bob from the Central Park Dance Skaters.

United Skates of America
1276 Hicksville Rd. (Route 107), Seaford

Located about a mile and a half north of the Massapequa LIRR station.

New Jersey

Branch Brook Park
Seventh Ave and Clifton Ave, Newark

Indoor rink at the south end of Branch Brook Park, close to the intersetion of I-280 and Clifton Ave. The rink is about a half mile from NJ Transit's Newark Broad St. Station. The speed group from the Empire Skate Club train here during the colder months.