skating04How many of you have lived in Brooklyn long enough not only to remember but also to have skated at the old Empire Roller Rink in Crown Heights? More than 60 years old, the rink in Central Brooklyn was known across New York City as the true birthplace of roller disco. Yes, by the turn of the Century, the furniture harkened back to the 70s. Yes, it smelled a little like worn socks. And yes, the skates were so old and stiff, you could use them as bookends. But there were very few activities in Brooklyn that were as fun and funny and multigenerational as rollerskating. So in 2007, when the roller rink shuttered like so many others before it (similar to the serial closing of most drive-in theaters), residents were sure it signaled the end of an era.Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 8.19.01 AM…But hold on. Not so fast! Don’t forget we now live in the “new” Brooklyn. And in the “new” Brooklyn, everything old suddenly, magically, once again is made new! Introducing Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park.unnamed-2This newly opened roller rink is pristine and expansive, designed to accommodate rollerskaters, rollerbladers, hockey players, most anything on pedi-wheels, in a venue that offers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. The rink allows for a mix of public skate time, recreational league play and special events, with free skating Mondays and Fridays, from 3:00pm – 6:00pm and Sundays, from 10:00am – noon. Public skate is $5 on the weekday and $8 on the weekend; roller skate rentals are $6. For the full schedule and more information, visit the Pier 2 Roller Rink website. Birthday parties, children’s parties or a night out with friends, now you can finally relive the nostalgia of the era of rock, skate, roll bounce!

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  1. I have many fond memories of Empire Roller Rink, going back to the days when my mother made sure I had my tutu’s for skating. as a teenager me and school buddies had a hobby that kept us occupied and in shape. As an adult, it is my stress reliever and my “thing” that gets me into a zone that I am free. Love Roller skating. Roll and bounce.

    Thanks Brooklyn Bridge Park, you never let me down!

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