Tuesday Night Skate

Throw on your skates and wrist guards, grab your helmet and blinky and hit the streets!

The TNS is a weekly night skate around New York City. We do group skates all over Manhattan, in addition to Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. Distances range from 11 miles to....well, more (sometimes 20 miles or more).

High intermediate and advanced skaters. We really, really, really, recommend that you be comfortable skating both at night and in New York traffic. The skate usually has between 15 and 50 skaters, including a sweep, although, of course, it depends on the season. In winter, there may be only one skater, and no sweep, in summer, as many as 50 skaters. You just never know. (And frankly, isn't that the beauty of it? It's a lot like life.)

We think you can guess what night of the week we meet. Our meeting time, though, is 8 p.m., sharp. We skate all year long as long as the streets are dry and the temperature is at the freezing point 32°F (0°C) or above.

We meet at 8pm at the North side of Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue & 60th Street, Manhattan.

Because we care about the safety of the people who skate with us, we want you to take appropriate precautions for your own safety, and ours. Please wear a helmet, wrist guards, and a flashing red light. Bright clothing also helps, as does reflective material. We do signal stops, call out street crud and cars, and obey traffic rules. If you do not know how to do any of that, just ask!

If you have to ask....

Historical Note

An historical note for those of you who care about this kind of thing...

The Tuesday Night Skate is New York City's oldest group skate, and one of the oldest in the USA. It was originally started back around 1990 by many of the skaters who also formed what would be known as the New York Road Skaters Association. The TNS was an official NYRSA function until late 1994, and then was independently organized until the end of 1998. As of January 1999, it has become an official Empire Skate Club event.

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