An old past time is about to make a come back here on Staten Island, as the first roller rink in more than two decades is set to open its doors this summer.
It'll be the only one of its kind in the city following the closure of the Empire Roller Skating Rink in Brooklyn back in April. NY1’s Mara Montalbano filed the following report.
It's a modern twist on an old classic. When Roller Jam USA opens its doors, owners say they hope it ushers in a whole new age of roller disco.
More than 800 brand new pairs of skates are just waiting to roll out onto the new rink.
“We look at ourselves as the new generation, so to speak,” said Roller Jam USA Owner Joe Costa. “We are using all the new technologies that are out there today. When the music is playing, the video for the music is up on the big screen. The lighting system is phenomenal. It's really something to see. We wanted to make it more of a club-ish, lounge-ish type of feel.”
The rink is ready to open its doors, but owners are waiting for some last minute approvals from the city.
Managers say future customers are already calling about parties. In the age of creative weddings, managers say they're also hoping to persuade someone to have a first-of-its-kind at their rink.
“We're going to have the first wedding on wheels,” said Phil Gallina, the concession manager. “The bride and groom will be on wheels, roll out to the priest; it'll be great.”
While the new facility was definitely designed with kids in mind, the owners of Roller Jam USA say they also wanted to appeal to adults to give older generations an opportunity to relive their childhood.
“It was a place to go. It was a place where I went. I felt good,” said Costa. “I loved skating and music. I loved the interacting and meeting other people, but I was young. I was in my teens and it was the first time I might have asked a girl if she'd like to skate.”
Owners hope to welcome skaters within a few weeks.
With a 15 year lease on the property, which is just minutes from the Outerbridge Crossing, they say the only roller rink in the city will not go down in history any time soon.
For more information you can go to www.rollerjamusa.com