MANHATTAN (PIX11) — Looking for weekend plans? For the first time since 1940, a roller skating rink is open at Rockefeller Center.
The rink will operate from Friday through October. The Rockefeller rink is smaller than the traditional ice rink, which has operated there since 1936.
Decades ago, Ian “Flipper” Ross ran roller rinks in Los Angeles. His daughter Liberty Ross is reviving the concept in New York.
“It’s my hope to support the amazing roller skating community and the future of the sport, while welcoming the curious to the freedom and fun that is roller skating,” Ross said. “Flipper’s is—and always has been—a place for individuality, experimentation, joy and respect.”
Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace and Tishman Speyer will work together on the rink. There will be more room for the public to watch skaters.
“Roller skating at Rockefeller Center will be a quintessentially New York moment,” Rob Speyer, CEO of Tishman Speyer, said. “We are thrilled to welcome Flipper’s as a partner in transforming the Rink Level at the Center, and can’t wait to see everyone out there.”
Skater Carrie Miner remembers roller skating at the original Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace in Los Angeles in 1979. “I was a teenager and I had dropped out of high school. I came every night to skate. It was an amazing collection of people. It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,” Miner said.
Tickets start at $20 for adults and $12 for children under 15. The price does not include skate rentals.