About the Empire Skate Club / FAQ

The Empire Skate Club of New York is a non-profit organization of inline skaters dedicated to having fun and improving the skating environment in New York City.

FAQ

Q. Who are we?
Q. What do we do?
Q. What are our social skates like?
Q. Do I need to be a good skater?
Q. Who runs the club?
Q. What about speedskating?
Q. Do we support other types of skating?
Q. How else can I help?
Q. Do we give skating lessons?
Q. What other organizations do we work with?
Q. What was the New York Road Skaters Association (NYRSA) and what happend to it?

Q. Who are we?
A. The Empire Skate Club of New York is a non-profit organization of inline skaters dedicated to having fun and improving the skating environment in New York City.

Q. What do we do?
A. We organize social skates and get-togethers in the city, trips around the eastern seaboard and farther afield, clinics, seminars, parties and skate advocacy.

Q. What are our social skates like?
A. They fall into different categories:

On weekends we organize skates of varying lengths around the city, and sometimes in the suburbs outside the city. Some of these are casual skates around Manhattan, others can be long skates to outlying parts of town (Rockaway) or out-of-town (Sleepy Hollow), while others are somewhere in between. Most group skates will maintain a pace that is suitable for intermediate skaters. Our leaders are experienced skaters with years of experience skating around the city. You can benefit from their experience and discover places you otherwise might never have thought about reaching on skates. More info is on the Events page and on the Calendar.

Our oldest event — older than the club itself — is the Tuesday Night Skate, a weeknight group skate that meets year-round, weather permitting. The TNS is a somewhat intense skate, and is intended for more experienced skaters who want to experience the thrills of skating in and around the city after dark at night. More info is available on the separate TNS webpage.

There are also opportunities for two- or three-day trips to other East Coast cities to enjoy a weekend of skating led by members of other inline skating clubs. More info is on the Events page and on the Calendar. These events are much like the weekend of skating festivities that the Empire Skate Club hosts at the start of August called the Big Apple Roll.

Q. Do I need to be a good skater?
A.  We host events for different skill levels, and some will be suitable for relatively new skaters. However, most group skates are intended for people who have skated a bit and may require that you be experienced skating on city streets when there is traffic. We try to indicate on the Calendar and on our Facebook page how long skates will be and what skill level is required.

Q. Who runs the club?
A. As a non-profit organization we have a board that gives the club its overall direction. Board members and other volunteers run the club's committees (e.g. Events, Sponsorship, etc.). See this page for information on contacting the officers and committees.

Q. What about speedskating?
A. Our speedskating division, Empire Speed, was formed to serve the growing speedskating community. Racing around Central Park and Prospect Park on those flashy big-wheel skates, they're a very visible and active crew. Visit their website to learn more about this exciting group.

Q. Do we support other types of skating?
A. We support those skating activities for which volunteers step forward to help organize things. For example, our speed division was formed because interested speedskaters took it upon themselves to organize and plan their own activities. If you'd like to organize, e.g., a rollerhockey team and get other Empire members to join, that would be terrific. Send e-mail to account@empireskate.org. Once we know who's interested in helping organize what activity, it makes it that much easier to get things rolling.

Q. How else can I help?
A. Check out the current volunteer positions we need help with. All it takes is a few hours a month of your time to help make the club better for everybody.

Q. Do we give skating lessons?
A. No, The Empire Skate Club doesn't give skating lessons. Some of our members do so, but we do not have a list available. We recommend you check out our friends in the Central Park Skate Patrol Skate School for lessons from SkateIA-certified instructors.

Q. What other organizations do we work with?
A. The Empire Skate Club supports all responsible skating. We think that skaters should wear helmets and stay off the sidewalks, but we don't want to see those things required by law. We want all streets and parks to be open to skaters. We want stores and pavilions to allow us inside. The club works with Transportation Alternatives and Time's Up! advocacy groups in New York, to see that skate-friendly legislation is passed and that evil, anti-skate policies are defeated. We hope to have a friendly relationship with every politician, police precinct, and city agency we work with.

Q. What was the New York Road Skaters Association (NYRSA) and what happend to it?
A. The New York Road Skaters Association was the big inline inline skating club in NYC from about 1989 through 1996. Unfortunately, they got into debt and went out of business. One reason that the Empire Skate Club originally formed was that some of our early members missed the camaraderie that was provided by NYRSA, as well as the group skates it organized.