The Empire Skate Club of New York is a non-profit organization of inline skaters dedicated to having fun and bringing the New York City inline skating community closer together.
Big Apple Roll
The Empire Skate Club's premier event each year is the Big Apple Roll (BAR), held the first weekend of August. BAR is a multi-day extravaganza of group skates, social events, clinics, and adventures exploring and experiencing New York City on inline skates.
Due to the public health crisis, BAR 2020 was scaled back to only a few small group skates. But BAR 2021 is back in full force! The 19th annual Big Apple Roll is scheduled for the weekend of August 4-8, 2021. And yes, it will be fun!
Tuesday Night Skate
Empire's regular weeknight group skate is the Tuesday Night Skate. TNS skates year-round, weather permitting. The group meets up at Manhattan's Grand Army Plaza by the statue of General Sherman at 8:00 pm., Fifth Ave & 60th St. (map). This is also the southeast corner entrance to Central Park.
TNS is proud to be NYC's longest running group skate, 30 years and more. Skate with us and join the tradition!
Wednesday Night Skate
On Wednesday nights, April through October, many NYC inline skaters join the Wednesday Night Skate (FB) for the largest weekly group skate in the city. WNS is an independent group with their own staff, but if you've rolled with any Empire group skate, you'll see plenty of familiar faces amongst the Wednesday crowd. WNS departs at 8 p.m. from the south side of Union Square Park, corner of Broadway and East 14th St. (map).
One of the best ways to explore the boroughs of New York City and its suburbs is a weekend group skate with the Empire Skate Club. We organize a group skate most weekends (and sometimes twice a weekend) during the warm-weather months. Pace and distance vary according to the group leader. Most weekend skates start from Central Park.
To find out what group skates are scheduled for upcoming weekends, and when and where they will meet, please see the Empire Calendar. To check for last-minute announcements about weekend skates that may be caused by a change of weather or other circumstances, please see the Empire Facebook page.
Join Empire Speed on the Central Park loop on weekday evenings from April through September. There are one or two evening training sessions per week. During 2019-2021, sessions have typically been Monday and Thursday evenings, weather permitting, with Tuesday as a backup day in case Monday is washed out.
In 2021, the group has met at about 6:15 p.m. at Central Park's “Speedskaters Curb” — just across the road and up the hill from Tavern on the Green (map). Speedskaters may also train on weekend mornings — check the Empire Speed Facebook page for announcements of training meet-ups.