(Detailed BAR info links at right.)

The 15th annual BIG APPLE ROLL ("BAR") will he held August 3-6, 2017.

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

BAR 2017 is a free event.

Read more about Big Apple Roll 2017.

BAR 2014 group photo, by Leo

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Upcoming Events


Tuesday Night Skate

Empire's regular weeknight group skate is the Tuesday Night Skate. TNS meets year-round, weather permitting.

Meet-up for skaters is 8:00 p.m. on the north side of Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Ave & 60th Street, Manhattan. (This is also the southeast corner entrance to Central Park.) We roll out at 8:15.

TNS is proud to be NYC's long-running group skate. Come on out and join the tradition!

Weekend Skates

One of the best ways to explore New York City 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 tours are fairly casual skates of about 12-20 miles, but some are longer and more intense.

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 Skate Club page on Facebook.

Other Events

Other Empire events, including special group skates, are listed on the Calendar.

Speed Skating

Weekly Practices


Come join us Monday and other weekday evenings, 7:30 p.m. at Central Park's “Speedskaters Curb” — 68th St on Central Park's West Drive, just across the road from Tavern on the Green.

Empire Speed has coaches that will make you faster and stronger — and they actually make it fun. Come and see what they can do for you!

For more information, see the website and click on "Weekly Practices". You may also want to check the Empire Speed Facebook page for the latest updates about practices.


Following are links to photo galleries of some recent Empire events:

See the Photo Gallery to view more photos of past skates and events.

E-mail Lists

We maintain two mailing lists: Empire Skate elist is a moderated email list, and Empire-Chat is a public, unmoderated list in which anyone is invited to discuss the NYC skating scene. To join the lists, send a blank email to for Empire Skate mailing list, or for Empire-Chat. You will receive an email from Yahoo Group. Follow the intruction on the email.

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You can make a secure credit card payment online to sign up for Empire membership, renew your existing membership, or purchase a T-shirt.

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