New Yorkers flock to roller skating rinks, embrace disco era

The metropolis’s on a roll!

Roller-skating is having a resurgence with New Yorkers. Some have been wheeling round for many years, whereas others took up the interest for socially distanced enjoyable throughout lockdown and stored on grooving.

Across New York City, roller rinks are internet hosting vigorous themed occasions for all ages, and skaters are taking to the streets — and TikTook — to showcase their expertise.

Looking for a spot to skate in NYC? Check out Staten Island’s RollerJam USA, Prospect Park’s DreamLand, or Central Park’s weekend Skate Circle.

And in fact, the retro resurgence wouldn’t be full with out trendy ensembles as funky as disco-era duds.

Have a take a look at a few of the most fantastic skaters The Post noticed out and about.

Wheels up!

Mia Madden, 24, at Tompkins Square Park.
Mia Madden at Tompkins Square Park.
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Mia Madden, a musician who skates at Tompkins Square Park, credit the game’s recognition to TikTook and the truth that it appears nice on digicam. “People were taking lots of videos, just because it’s aesthetically pleasing to look at,” stated Madden, 24, who lives in Alphabet City. “I think that just caught on — most things go viral if they’re pretty to look at.”

Split character

Tim Young, 34 busts a move at Dreamland Roller Rink in Prospect Park.
Tim Young busts a transfer at Dreamland Roller Rink’s weekly “Roller Disco” evening in Prospect Park.
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Tim Young, a singer from Brooklyn, solely began skating in April 2020, however he’s now a daily MC at Dreamland Roller Rink in Prospect Park. That’s the place he and his “skate gang” of 20 associates could be discovered each Friday evening.

“To go from showing up there, not even being able to stand up, to then being the person in the center welcoming people and showing other people how to skate was just the perfect way to recover from the tragedy that was this past year,” the 34-year-old informed The Post.

Take a knee

Romi Moors, 25, skating at Dreamland's "Roller Disco" night.
Romi Moors, 25, skating at Dreamland’s “Roller Disco” evening.
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Romi Moors, 25, believes anybody can study to skate. “People get scared because they think they won’t be able to do it, but nothing’s easy before you start,” stated the native New Yorker, who’s seen right here at Dreamland Roller Rink. “There’s nothing to be shy about. Everyone’s bad at first, who cares?” 

Fan the flames

Lynna Davis at Central Park Dance Skaters Association's “Purple Rain” dance party event at the Central Park Skate Circle.
Lynna Davis at Central Park Dance Skaters Association’s “Purple Rain” dance social gathering occasion on the Central Park Skate Circle.
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Actress and professional skater Lynna Davis frequents Central Park Skate Circle each weekend. “It’s one of the best exercises,” stated Davis, who’s been skating for 30 years. “The freedom, the self creation; certain things from the music will allow your body and mind to do certain things that you didn’t even know you could do. I think that freedom heals your mind, your body and your soul.”

You desire a peace of me?

Chris Barreto skating at the Central Park Skate Circle.
Chris Barreto skating on the Central Park Skate Circle.
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Chris Barreto, a visible artist who splits her time between New York and Brazil, lately determined to begin skating once more after a decade. In a spur of the second choice, she bought a pair of latest skates and headed to Central Park for the Dance Skaters Association’s “Purple Rain” social gathering. “I didn’t know anybody. So I just embraced the dance and started really rolling. One of the organizers just held my hand and said ‘OK! Come dance with me!’” recalled Barreto, who now skates each weekend she will be able to. “It’s so weird that I feel like I know these people already.”

She’s retro-chic

Jasmine Padro, 43, on “Lady Gaga vs. Madonna” night at Dreamland Roller Rink.
Jasmine Padro on “Lady Gaga vs. Madonna” evening at Dreamland Roller Rink.
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A latest theme evening at Dreamland was “Lady Gaga vs. Madonna”, and Jasmine Padro, 43, gained the costume contest, donning a pink leotard and a shaggy feathered coiffure from Madonna’s 2005 music video “Hung Up.” “People looking for fun things to do outdoors has definitely heightened the skating thing,” Padro, who works as a hairstylist in Bay Ridge, stated. She has been on the lookout for vigorous skating rinks ever because the Roxy closed in 2007. She frequents Dreamland and RollerJam, however hopes extra rinks open up sooner or later. “It just isn’t enough. There used to be a lot more,” she stated. “I love dressing up, so it gives me a reason to be creative and get a costume together.”

Kick up your heels

Aviya Fowler, 24, and
Emanuel Rollins, 28 at Rollerjam USA.
Aviya Fowler, 24, and Emanuel Rollins, 28, at RollerJam USA.
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Even earlier than the pandemic hit, Aviya Fowler and Emanuel Rollins, a married couple from Paterson, NJ, had been on a roll, usually skating till 2 within the morning at rinks in New York and Jersey. “It’s the only time I feel free,” Fowler, 24, stated. “I just forget about the world and I let go and I’m happy for four hours straight.”

Line ’em up

Rachel Montana (blue shirt) skating with friends  at Rollerjam USA.
Rachel Montana skating with associates at RollerJam USA.
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Rachel Montana (entrance) first began skating within the early ’80s on the Roxy and went on to meet her present husband on the well-known membership. “Through my marriages, heartaches, heartbreaks, I never stopped skating,” she stated. Montana now hits up Staten Island’s RollerJam USA with friends together with Gail Battista, 52 (middle, in aqua). On Saturday nights, the beloved-rink is “adults only” with the atmosphere of an evening membership and a fully-stocked bar. 

Rollerskates for rent at Dreamland Roller Rink.
Rollerskates for lease at Dreamland Roller Rink.
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Friday evening is “Roller Disco” evening at Prospect Park’s Dreamland Roller Rink, and it’s all about retro costumes and particular themes. “Soul Train” and “’90s Hip-Hop” are on the calendar for this summer season. “It’s really a party,” stated Moors. “People go all out.”

Get within the groove

Malik Alpha Ra-El at Rollerjam USA.
Malik Alpha Ra-El at RollerJam USA.
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Malik Alpha Ra-El, who works in gross sales in Newark, NJ, skates steadily on Saturday nights at Staten Island’s RollerJam USA to “relieve stress” after a protracted work week.

Malik Alpha Ra-El (left), 47, with friends at Rollerjam USA.
Malik Alpha Ra-El (left), 47, with associates at RollerJam USA.
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Tim Young, 34, at Dreamland Roller Rink's "Roller Disco" event.
When he first began going to Dreamland, Tim Young struggled, however a bunch of seasoned skaters took him underneath their wing. “I started going three days a week,” he stated. “I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to get better and I kept meeting such wonderful people. I went every opportunity I had.”
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Enthused skaters collect for a ladies evening out at RollerJam USA in Staten Island.
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A skater at RollerJam USA.
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Aviya Fowler, 24
Aviya Fowler, a roller-skating teacher, has taught children and adults on each the East and West Coasts. “In the rink you can just be your truest self,” she stated. “You don’t have to worry about anyone around you because you’re probably not even gonna see them. Skating is magical for me in that way.”
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