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About Empire

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.

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 like aggro and hockey?
Q. How else can I help?
Q. Do we give skating lessons?
Q. What other organizations do we work with?
Q. What happened to the New York Road Skaters Association?
Q. How do I join?

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.

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.

We provide discounts at skating stores, discounted subscriptions to skating magazines, and occasionally give our members free merchandise from our sponsors. For a full list of membership benefits, visit the membership page.

Evening/Night Skate
Night skates are a great way to meet people. Our Tuesday Night Skate, New York's longest running night skate, is for more experienced skaters who want to experience all the thrills of skating in and around the five boroughs at night.

Day Skate
These are longer trips, usually half a day long, to Coney Island or along the Jersey Palisades (for example), for intermediate level skaters. Possible day-long skates might involve hopping aboard a commuter train and heading off to a skating place in nearby Westchester, Long Island or southwestern Connecticut. Our leaders are experienced skaters who have done these routes many times. Benefit from their experience and discover places you otherwise might never have thought about reaching on skates. It's fun and easy!

Skating Trip
These two or three-day trips provide the opportunity to explore other cities and skate with our counterparts in Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC and elsewhere.

Q. Do I need to be a good skater?
A. Not really. In fact, even if you don't know how to skate, you can still join and take advantage of benefits like discounts at local skate stores.

We host events for different skill levels, and our newsletter marks each one clearly so you'll know if you can handle it. On our group skates, we make sure that everybody gets where we're going and has fun on the way.

Most of our longer group skates are for intermediate-level skaters.

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, Membership, Sponsorship, Newsletter, etc.).

See this page for information on contacting the club's committees.

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

Q. Do we support other types of skating like aggro and hockey?
A. We're interested in branching out into other types of skating, but to do that best we need your help! Empire is run entirely by volunteers, without whom nothing would happen. Our speed division, for example, was formed because our speedskating members took it upon themselves to organize and plan their own activities. If you'd like to see similar Empire Vert or Empire Hockey divisions, send email to account@empireskate.org. Once we know who's interested and willing to help, 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. The Empire Skate Club doesn't give skating lessons. Check out the Central Park Skate Patrol's Skate School for lessons from IISA-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 happened to the New York Road Skaters Association (NYRSA)?
A. The New York Road Skaters Association went out of business several years ago. We miss it and hope to fill the gap.

Q. How do I join?
A. Fill out our membership form and send it in to become a member. A year's membership costs only $25.


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