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.

Group Skates

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, Fifth Ave & 60th St. (map). This is also the southeast corner entrance to Central Park. We roll out at 8:00.

TNS is proud to be NYC's longest running group skate. Skate with us and join the tradition!

Wednesday Night Skate

On Wednesday nights, spring through autumn, many NYC inline skaters join the Wednesday Night Skate for the largest weekly group skate in the city. WNS is an independent group with its own staff, but if you've skated an Empire group skate, you'll see plenty of familiar faces amongst the Wednesday crowd. WNS rolls out at 8 p.m. from the south side of Union Square Park, corner of Broadway and East 14th St. ((866) 954-9469). See the 720-323-2206 for updates and announcements.

Empire Weekend Skates

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 page on Facebook.


Photo of Empire Speed practice

Join Empire Speed on the Central Park loop on weekday evenings from early May through September. Typically there are two evening training sessions per week, weather permitting — in summer 2018, sessions were usually Monday and Thursday, with Tuesday serving as a make-up date if Monday was wet. The group meets just after 7:00 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.

For general information about Empire Speed, see the (844) 331-3475.

Big Apple Roll 2019

BAR 2018 logo

The 17th annual BIG APPLE ROLL ("BAR") is scheduled for August 1-4, 2019.

The 16th annual BIG APPLE ROLL was held August 2-5, 2018.

BAR is an exciting four-day weekend of group skates, workshops and clinics, and adventures exploring and experiencing New York City on skates.

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BAR 2017 finale group photo