It’s hard not to smile at this Nowness video featuring the NYC Central Park skaters dancing to a sound track of funky Nigerian synth by William Onyeabor, who rose to prominence in the 1980’s before mysteriously dropping from public view. Where to skate in NYC? When the weather is good apartment-dwelling Manhattanites flock to Central Park for some much needed R&R – and this is where you should head if you want to get your skates on.

The old school Central Park Dance Skaters featured here have been rolling up a storm pretty much every fine weekend since the 1970’s. If you haven’t managed to squeeze roller skates into your carry-on you can hire a pair from the Skate Truck conveniently parked nearby – or just swing by to enjoy the feel-good show as skaters show off their funky moves to a background DJ.

If you’re staying in Brooklyn (we recommend the Wythe Hotel) the Crazy Legs Skate Club holds a regular roller disco night every Wednesday – be prepared to roll with everyone from old timers to millenials living the 80’s for the first time. Alternatively, if spectator sport is more your thing keep an eye on the Gotham Girls Roller Derby for feisty all girl skate comps.

Central Park Skate Circle
Mid Park, east of Strawberry Fields. Enter at East or West 72nd street and follow the road across the park to Skaters Road.

Hours: Sat & Sun approx 3pm–6:30pm