New York City
August 3rd - 6th


Download or print Our Survival Guide (pdf) HERE
Helpful Maps & Suggestions around the Hotel area
Hotel Parking Suggestions

Glympse: Click here to find the group during any skate!
(Please do NOT use the Glympse App)

Group-Ups: Gwathmey Plaza (click for directions) or use 1-13 Carlisle St, NY, NY 10006
Across the street from the back door of the Marriott is a public space with many benches.

Note: Times and distances for ALL skates are approximate.
Early Birds - Wednesday Night Skate, August 2nd
7:45pm Group-Up
8:00-10:00 Skating

Early Birds - Come join us for the always enjoyable,
world famous,
Wednesday Night Skate!

Distance: 12 - 14 miles
Leader: WNS Staff
Group-Up:  Union Square South
End:  Brother Jimmy's BBQ for drinks and fun at @ 10:00pm!
116 E. 16th St

Highlights:  We never know... WNS is its own thing! But you'll see most of the same skaters. It's a fairly casual, social skate around the streets of NYC. It may or may not include bridges, hills, ramps, overpasses, sidewalks, etc.  WNS is the largest group skate in NYC.
Thursday, August 3rd
7pm Group-Up
7:15 Skating

Thursday Night Early Bird Skate

Name: Round The Apple
Distance: 15 miles
Leader: Emilie "I'm leaving you all" Montenont
Group-Up: Gwathmey Plaza
End: Gwathmey Plaza
See Route Map

Skate with Emilie before she leaves us for Utah! She'll be taking us around the perimeter of Lower Manhattan and up to Central Park for some amazing sites and even more amazing views. Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridge views - East River Bikeway - Grand Central Terminal - Central Park (lower loop) - Times Square - Hudson River Greenway

Friday, August 4th
1:15pm Group-Up
1:30 - 4:30pm Skating

Friday Afternoon Skate

Important Details Here (pdf)

Name: Skating on Water
: 8-10 miles

Leader: Pete "Wet Cheddar" McKiernan
Group-Up: Gwathmey Plaza
End: Gwathmey Plaza
See Route Map (coming)

After glimpsing at Trinity Church, the NY Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, the Financial District Charging Bull, The Museum of the American Indian, 17 State Street Plaza, and the shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on our way to the ferry, we will take a 7-minute ferry ride across Upper NY Bay to Governor's Island where we'll have stunning views of Lower Manhattan, NY Harbor, The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island - On the Island we'll visit Castle Williams & The Hills - Then back to Manhattan and half way across the Manhattan Bridge for more stunning views before heading back to the Marriott.

NOTE: - You'll Need: $2 Total for the ferry AND footware
5 - 6:30pm
Street Skating Skills Workshop with Sonic

Group-Up: Gwathmey Plaza
End: Gwathmey Plaza

4:00 - 6:15pm
Registration - Waiver signing, Free Goodies, Raffle ticket sales for skates, skate bags, sports clothing, and more. Also T-Shirt & Blinkie sales & Distribution of Survival Guide (Final Schedule)

*Pick up your Big Apple Roll Home-made Cookie!
THANK YOU Jan Crittenden Livingston, the cookie QUEEN!!!

*Pick up a BAR bar! Healthy and delicious!
(THANK YOU Anonymous Baker!!)

*Sign up for Saturday Night Activities

ALL Skaters must sign the skate waiver
and wear a wrist band.

Location: Marriott Hotel - Balcony
85 West Street, New York, NY 10006
6:30pm Group-Up
6:45-9:30pm Skating

If late, join us at Astor Place at 7:45 SHARP!

Use GPS or the Glympse link to find us!



Friday Evening Skate

Name: City Lights & Sites! (& Fast Breakaway)

: ≈12 miles (15 with breakaway)
Leader: Arnav "Sonic" Shah
Group-Up: Gwathmey Plaza
End: Pier A Harbor House (see below)
See Route Map (coming)

NOTE: If late, join us at Astor Place and Lafayette St. at 7:45 SHARP. Use GPS or the Glympse link to find us!!empiresk8

Join us for this always exciting night skate, including Chinatown, the Wall Street Bull (and Fearless Girl), South Street Seaport, the Alamo Cube, the Chrysler Building & Rockefeller Center, among others. And then it's time for our roll through Times Square (not to be missed!).

Sonic will lead a fast breakaway towards the middle of the skate while Andrew takes us to see more sites in Midtown. We'll come back together for our famous "slow roll" through Times Square (still amazing even for NYers!). We'll try to stop for our usual photo op.

As is customary with most Friday night skates, we encourage you to "Make Like A Billboard" and "LIGHT YOURSELF UP"!! Be CrEaTiVe!! Glow sticks (FREE) and blinkies available at Registration or HERE! The crowds LOVE seeing us skate by. LETS GET NOTICED!!
9:45pm - Whenever
Welcome Party - Pier A Harbor House

We've got a reservation at this historic, fun & casual beer hall, sitting on the water with great views. We'll roll right in and finish our Friday Night Skate here. For those that want to head right back to the hotel there will be an escort from the pier. It's just a few blocks from the Marriott. All are welcome, skating or not!

NOTE: Footwear necessary if you wish to enter the building or use the facilities

Read The Pier A Story Here!
Saturday, August 5th
8 - 9:15am
Registration - Waiver signing, Free Goodies, Raffle ticket sales for skates, skate bags, sports clothing, and more. Also T-Shirt & Blinkie sales & Distribution of Survival Guide (Final Schedule)

*Pick up your Big Apple Roll Home-made Cookie!
(THANK YOU Jan Crittenden Livingston, the cookie QUEEN!!!)

*Pick up a BAR bar! Healthy and delicious!
(THANK YOU Anonymous Baker!!)

*Sign-up for Saturday Night Activities

ALL Skaters must sign the skate waiver
and wear a wrist band.

Location: Marriott Hotel - Balcony
85 West Street, New York, NY 10006
Yoga at the BAR - Pre Skate!!

Join Sara Bridge, NYC skater and Yoga Instructor, for an early morning warm up before the skate. Bring your skates so you can head straight to the meetup at 9:30.

Group-up: Gwathmey Plaza
Location: Outside at Liberty Park (you will be escorted)
Distance: As far as you can stretch!
Read a Description Here
9:30am Group-Up
9:45 Skating
Saturday All Day Skating, Lunch & Central Park:

Name: Back To School (Time for en-ROLL-ment!)
: ≈35 miles total (with long breaks for lunch & Central Park)
Leader: "Collar" Pete
Group-Up: Gwathmey Plaza

End: Gwathmey Plaza
See Route Map (coming)
Part I: 10am-1pm
≈19 miles
Part I: We're heading up to Yankee Stadium. And we've designed a street skate through Manhattan that includes a visit to many of its college & university campuses. Included in Part I are Pace, NYU & Cooper Union. We'll also skate the smooth & beautiful trails of Randall's Island and finally roll up to the home of the Bronx Bombers - Yankee Stadium. As always, there are numerous bailouts by subway (make sure you have footware if this is a possible option for you)
See (approximate) Route Map

See separate sheet at registration if later departure or shorter skate is preferred.
Lunch: 1-2:30pm Lunch: We've made arrangements to stop for lunch in a sports bar near Yankee Stadium. It's a very cool place that used to be a movie theather. The space is huge and they are skate friendly and we'll have music playing.
Lunch Buy-In: 
$12 at Registration (cash only)
$15 at the Door (cash only)
There will be platters of salad, hot pasta, meatballs, wraps, sliders and wings (All condiments, sauces, etc will be on the side)
Happy hour pricing available at the bar: $5-$6 bottled beer, wine(tbd)
(Please drink responsibly, especially if joining us for more skating!)
You MUST have the "lunch" wristband to enjoy the food
Part II: 2:30-5:00pm
8 miles

Arrive in Central Park
Part II: We'll head back into Manhattan and South towards Central Park, passing through the amazing campuses of City College & Columbia University. We'll land at the Central Park Band Shell where you'll be able to participate in or watch our slalom demo, dance with the Central Park Dance Skaters, do a loop around the park or just check out the people. There's always a LOT going on.
See Route Map to Central Park

Slalom Demo
- With Sonic, Jon Larrucea & others
Note: Jon is the former #3 ranked slalom skater in the world and former #1 in Europe. This is a great opportunity to watch/learn from one of the BEST!

Watch a video of Jon perform

Dance Skating
- Hosted by Central Park Dance Skaters
Part III: 5:00-6:30pm
6 miles
Part III: We'll hang out in the Park until 5:00 or so and then head West from Central Park to Lincoln Center for a group photo op and then pass Fordham University at Lincoln Center before heading South to the Hotel. We hope to be back at the hotel by 6:30pm.
See Route Map (coming)
Slalom Workshop with Sonic

Stick around Central Park for a slalom workshop with Sonic after the Slalom & Dance event. Then you'll be escorted back to the Hotel afterwards.
8pm - Whenever
Saturday Night Entertainment

(on Stone Street)

We’ll be just outside Ulysses Folk House on our own quaint, cobblestone lane, reserved just for us. You will also get COMPED admission to hear the amazing Irish band Girsa, inside the bar (starting at 10:30).
We had a great time last year!!

Stone Street (pics) is a cool, funky, historic, not to be missed place to hang with lots of little Restaurants and Bars and endless spirit.
Just a 10 minute walk from the Hotel. 
(2-8 Mill Lane – Walking Map)

Come join us and you will receive a coupon worth $10 towards your food or drink, courtesy of the Empire Skate Club!
NOTE: You MUST be registered to receive your coupon!!
And Registration is no longer available after lunch!

10pm - Whenever
Pub Crawl

As in previous years, Andrew will be leading a pub crawl through the East Village for a fun-filled night, seeing new places, meeting new people and sampling some great brews, wines or whatever you're into.

To keep this event manageable, only a certain number of people will be allowed to join. Sign-up will be required at registration Friday afternoon or Saturday morning to be included.

The crawl will begin with our Party on Stone Street at 8pm. Then at 10pm the "crawlers" will explore a couple more bars on Stone Street before moving on.

Sunday, August 6th
9:30am Group-Up
9:45-12:15 Skating
(1pm Check-out)
Sunday Morning Skate:

Name: Jack's Choice
(but DUMBO it is...)
: 12-14 miles

Leader: Jack "WNS" Facchin!
Group-Up: Gwathmey Plaza

End: Gwathmey Plaza
See Route Map (coming)

Jack will choose from over 20 years of Wednesday Night Skate experience and have us back in time for a shower & Checkout
(you may want to have your bags packed before the skate)
1pm Check-out
For Those Staying at the Marriott - 1pm is the Official Checkout.

You can store luggage with the Concierge. And you "might" be able to take a shower in the "Club" room later!! (First Come, first served)
1 - 3pm

NOTE: Fee Based
Slalom Workshop with Jon Larrucea!!  ($40 fee to Jon)

Group-Up: Gwathmey Plaza
End: Gwathmey Plaza

Description: Former #3 ranked slalom skater in the world and former #1 in Europe. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the BEST!

Watch a video of Jon perform

3pm Group-Up
3:15 Skating
Sunday Afternoon Skate

Unfortunately, due to unforseen circumstances, there will be no History Skate on Sunday. We "may" be able to substitute something else. Stay tuned. Otherwise, it's time for drinks!
  Marriott Checkout - (Normally 11am) We have been given until 1pm. You might still "Request Late Check-out" (2 pm) on the morning of your departure.

Luggage - As usual, luggage can be "checked" with the hotel's Bellhop.
Around The Area!!/td>
  Take a Selfie with One World Trade Center! - Albany Street Plaza, at the back of the hotel. Closes @ 7 or& 8 pm
New York City is skate friendly. It is legal to skate throughout NYC. On streets you must follow all traffic laws. Use marked bike lanes or paths when available, except when making turns or when it is unsafe to do so. You can also skate on the sidewalks, in parks, and on paths. It is illegal to skate recklessly anywhere. Additional information:

Alternate Skating Options:


New York City is the skate friendly skating Mecca of the World, and Central Park is its skating centerpiece! Skaters can roll casually or fast, depending on preference, time of day and how crowded, on its vehicular traffic-free miles of Central Park Drives, and on its network of paths.

Enter any of the Park entrances for this wonderful experience.


Hudson River Greenway Path is the longest in NYC, running along the West Side, from Dyckman Street in the north to Battery Park in the south, mostly through Riverside Park and Hudson River Park. By far the biggest car-free bicycle, skating and pedestrian path New York City has ever seen, the Hudson River Greenway is now a continuous 13 miles running from Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan, to the Little Red Lighthouse underneath the George Washington Bridge, and beyond. The route passes through Hudson River Park, Riverside Park South, Riverside Park and Fort Washington Park. The bike/skate path is smooth and you can enjoy the waterfront views and breeze with numerous points of interest along the route. Here is a website for events and numerous spots for fun on part of the HRGW:

HRGW is part of the MANHATTAN WATERFRONT GREENWAY that is a 32-mile long walking, skating and biking path around the island. The majority of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is physically separated from auto traffic, although there are several sections that require using city streets with traffic. Many sections also separate pedestrians from cyclists, although some sections must be shared by all Greenway users.

Click the following links for Manhattan Waterfront Greenway Maps.

BAR 2017 is for intermediate to expert skaters capable of easily handling street skating in groups, during the day and/or night, stopping and turning on all terrain, following all traffic laws. Bikers are welcomed as long as they keep in mind that skaters kick-out. Therefore, bikers must give skaters adequate space at all times by riding in the back, front or side of the skaters.

The Empire Skate Club, and the Central Park Skate Patrol strongly recommends that all participants in the Big Apple Roll should carry medical and liability insurance, and must wear helmets and wristguards, and strongly recommends wearing all other protective gear (including but not limited to knee pads, elbow pads, and, at night, reflective clothing and blinking lights which are required by NY State law). Please also be advised that there are particular inherent risks of injury involved in city inline skating, including, but not limited to: cars, bicycles, other skaters, pedestrians, potholes, manhole covers, chains, train and trolley tracks, cobblestones, bad pavement, water, oil, debris, gravel, curbs, stairs, hills and inclines. This list of possible risks is not comprehensive, because conditions on the street, including the weather, are constantly changing. The Empire Skate Club, Central Park Skate Patrol, sponsors, organizers, volunteers, cannot accept any liability for the existence of any such risks. Ultimately, each skater is responsible for staying alert to potential risks and obeying all traffic regulations. Skaters are skating at their own risk and are responsible for their actions. Finally, Empire and the Patrol strongly requires that all participants in the Big Apple Roll possess and master a set of minimum skate skills before participating in its events: the ability to skate in control, with groups, at night, especially on hills; to stop in traffic; to maneuver curbs; and to avoid obstacles. A signed waiver/release will be required of all skaters at registrations and group-ups in order to participate.


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