ice rink – Speed Skating http://speedskating.org/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 00:11:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://speedskating.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png ice rink – Speed Skating http://speedskating.org/ 32 32 Rockefeller Center will open a roller skating rink https://speedskating.org/rockefeller-center-will-open-a-roller-skating-rink/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:35:49 +0000 https://speedskating.org/rockefeller-center-will-open-a-roller-skating-rink/ The winter ice skating season may be coming to an end at Rockefeller Center, but this year the party will continue past the thaw. Get ready for rollerblading. For the first time since 1940, a roller skating rink will occupy the plaza below in the heart of Midtown’s Art Deco complex. Rockefeller Center owner Tishman […]]]>

The winter ice skating season may be coming to an end at Rockefeller Center, but this year the party will continue past the thaw. Get ready for rollerblading.

For the first time since 1940, a roller skating rink will occupy the plaza below in the heart of Midtown’s Art Deco complex. Rockefeller Center owner Tishman Speyer contracted Los Angeles-based Pinball’s Roller Boogie Palace for the project.

Once the rink closes on Sunday, its surrounding walls will be lifted from the square by a crane, to be stored until the ice skating season returns next winter, and a smaller rink will take its place. The opening of the new skating rink is scheduled for April 15; tickets ($20 for adults) are on sale now.

With the move to a wheel-friendly rink, Rockefeller Center appears to be embracing the retro roller-skating craze that took off during the pandemic, harkening back to when rinks dotted the city. (The LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, another established rink, also offers ice skating and roller skating, depending on the season).

The Rockefeller Ice Rink is also part of Tishman Speyer’s attempts to rebrand his complex as a hotspot, hip enough to attract locals as well as tourists and office workers (most of whom are still not back on the streets). places).

The company introduced new retailers and restaurants, like Lodi, an Italian cafe and bakery, and record store Rough Trade, formerly of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Most recently, the new Pebble Bar, in which actor Jason Sudeikis and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson are investors, was the site of “The Batman” after-party premiere.

Liberty Ross, the founder and creative director of Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace, is the daughter of Ian (“Flipper”) Ross, who opened the original Flipper roller rink in Los Angeles in 1979. Located in a former bowling alley, it had murals by John Kosh, a graphic designer who also designed the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. The rink attracts celebrities including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jane Fonda and Laura Dern, then a teenager.

Ms Ross, a model, wrote a book about Flipper’s and has now teamed up with entrepreneur Kevin Wall, who grew up working at his own parents’ skating rink in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to resurrect the brand . They plan to install ice rinks in London and Los Angeles. The New York Flipper’s, designed by fashion show producer Alexandre de Betak, will be the first to, uh, roll out.

There will also be a skate shop at Rockefeller Center. To find it, visitors will be able to use a new landmark: a monumental trowel-shaped sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, due to be installed on Friday. The store, just west of the sculpture, will carry the classic four-wheeled, ankle-high “quads” that were worn on the original Flippers – complete with a royal blue suede boot and red laces and wheels. The same skates will also be available for rent at the rink.

The owners of Rockefeller Center have long tried to find ways to liven up the square and draw visitors to the shops in the underground concourse that surrounds it.

After the complex opened in 1933, the lobby shops languished because people did not want to walk down the steps to the plaza and back. Then someone had the idea of ​​installing an ice rink. It opened in 1936 and has operated every year since.

Roller skating was briefly tested there in 1940. Tennis courts came and went. The square has also been the scene of flower shows and concerts, including Aerosmith in 2018.

News of the roller rink coincides with the completion of a year-and-a-half renovation of the lobby. What was once a dark, low-ceilinged space is now more open and bright, with exposed ceilings, new Art Deco-inspired bronze details, and floor-to-ceiling display cases overlooking the square that swivel to allow people to move on and off.

Lobby restaurants will open this summer, but they’ve been placed away from windows, so as not to obstruct views of the rink or natural light, as the old ones did. There are also takeaways in the underground corridors.

Since the rink will be about half the size of the rink, there will be room in the plaza for tables and chairs so people can bring food outside and watch all the action . The lineup will range from early morning “meditative” skating sessions to disco nights, Ms Ross said. There will be gospel music on Sunday.

Ms. Ross sees the project as entertainment for spectators as well as a potential home for skaters at a time when there are few roller rinks left. “Most people skate for that feeling of freedom,” she said. “I feel like it’s going to be an injection of joy, community and unity, which is really needed right now.”

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Handicap-free wheelchair for NYC serial killer Harvey Marcelin https://speedskating.org/handicap-free-wheelchair-for-nyc-serial-killer-harvey-marcelin/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 00:44:00 +0000 https://speedskating.org/handicap-free-wheelchair-for-nyc-serial-killer-harvey-marcelin/ Harvey Marcelin was the center of gossip on Saturday in Tompkins Square Park, where acquaintances marveled at the accused killer’s alleged ability to dismember a human being in a wheelchair. “She cut off someone’s head. In fact, she cut off someone’s head, ”said Junior, a homeless man in the park frequented by the serial killer. […]]]>

Harvey Marcelin was the center of gossip on Saturday in Tompkins Square Park, where acquaintances marveled at the accused killer’s alleged ability to dismember a human being in a wheelchair.

“She cut off someone’s head. In fact, she cut off someone’s head, ”said Junior, a homeless man in the park frequented by the serial killer.

Marcelin, 83, is a transgender woman and twice convicted killer charged this month with the gruesome murder by dismemberment of Susan Leyden, 68, of Brooklyn, who will be laid to rest Sunday in Paramus, NJ.

Leyden’s body parts were found in multiple locations in Brooklyn.
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“She was in a wheelchair,” said John Gallagher, 30, one of the killer’s acquaintances in the East Village park.

“I don’t even understand how she did what she did to this last one. She is so fragile. Even disposing of the body like she did, she must have had some sort of help.

“I imagine it’s not that easy, even with power tools, to get rid of a body. Seems like a lot for an 83-year-old woman in a wheelchair,” said Gallagher, who says Marcelin “told me once that she wished she had been born a goat and that she was a satanic witch. It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard.

Friends of the troubled Brooklyn woman who was allegedly brutally slaughtered by Marcelin are horrified that the suspect is free.

“The person who did what they did deserved the death penalty, or certainly life in prison without the possibility of parole,” said a longtime friend of Leyden, whose dismembered body parts were found at several locations around Brooklyn last week.

Marcelin was charged last week for receiving a human corpse. She spent more than 50 years in state prison for two past murders.

“It’s unspeakable (Marcelin) was free,” said the friend, who did not want to be identified.

Marcelin shot and killed his girlfriend, Jacqueline Bonds, inside the couple’s Manhattan apartment in April 1963, sources say, and fatally stabbed another girlfriend in 1985, thrusting her body into a discarded bag near Central Park. Leiden’s friend says she is not aware of any relationship she might have had with Marcelin.

Marcelin in a wheelchair in a store.
Surveillance footage shows Marcelin in a wheelchair in a store.
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Victim's leg wrapped in plastic.
She had the victim’s leg wrapped in plastic in the store with her.
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Leiden’s barbaric death marked the tragic end to a deeply troubled adult life.

Leyden grew up in a “conservative upper-middle-class Jewish family” in Teaneck, NJ, where she tap danced, took ballet lessons, rode horseback and graduated from Teaneck High School in 1972. She was “so cool and so pretty with her long blonde hair and boots,” childhood pal Karen Leyden Gross wrote in a Facebook memorial.

A photo from Leiden posted on the forum shows a pretty young woman with blonde hair and porcelain skin wearing oversized sunglasses and a low-rise bikini top. Another image shows an older Leiden with her daughter Nicole, now 36, at the Rockefeller Center ice rink.

The scene where the victim's torso was found in a bag.
The scene where the victim’s torso was found in a bag.
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Her life began to fall apart when she lost her father and three siblings in quick order when she was in her twenties. Her now deceased mother lived 1,000 miles away in Florida, her 16-year marriage ended in divorce in 1992 and she was long estranged from her only child, the friend told the Post .

“She had no family. She was alone,” the friend said.

She managed to run her own business, Jewels ‘n More in Fort Lee, NJ, for many years before closing up shop and losing touch with most of her old friends.

According to a friend, Leyden was isolated from family and friends before her death.
According to a friend, Leyden was isolated from family and friends before her death.
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Leyden most recently lived at Stonewall House, an LGBT-friendly senior housing development in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where questions linger about his grisly death.

” I do not know what to think. It’s tragic. It’s tragic and it’s sad,” said a resident of the building. “I don’t think (Marcelin) should have been released from prison. If she hadn’t been rehabilitated, she shouldn’t have come out. And she continues to kill like that.

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Meet the Rink-Meister of Molyneaux Road – Knox County VillageSoup https://speedskating.org/meet-the-rink-meister-of-molyneaux-road-knox-county-villagesoup/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 13:02:34 +0000 https://speedskating.org/meet-the-rink-meister-of-molyneaux-road-knox-county-villagesoup/ CAMDEN – Need some fresh air and exercise after a long winter and a longer pandemic? If you’re like David Gelinas from Molyneaux Road, that’s no problem. He built a skating rink in his front yard. Neighborhood kids enjoy skating on the Molyneaux Road Ice Rink in Camden. Photo courtesy of David Gélinas Gelinas has […]]]>

CAMDEN – Need some fresh air and exercise after a long winter and a longer pandemic? If you’re like David Gelinas from Molyneaux Road, that’s no problem.

He built a skating rink in his front yard.

Neighborhood kids enjoy skating on the Molyneaux Road Ice Rink in Camden. Photo courtesy of David Gélinas

Gelinas has been doing this for years. He was known as “Rink-Meister” in other towns where he lived. He moved to Camden with his wife Rae-Ann and son, Noah, about six years ago.

He works on the water as a harbor pilot aboard the Dirigo. When foreign freighters need to enter Penobscot Bay, it’s his job to meet them, board their ship and take over navigation of the local waters as they make their way to Searsport, Bucksport or Bar Harbor. The job requires crazy hours, sometimes getting up at 3 a.m.

In his spare time, he enjoys staying active and playing hockey. You can see the goal nets on his rink.

Ice clearing on Molyneaux Road in Camden. Photo courtesy of David Gélinas

Her son, now 10, has been skating since he was about four years old, and neighborhood kids learn to skate on the Gélinas family rink.

It’s not easy to install one. The key is to get the brackets that will hold the rink together in the ground at the right time. Too frozen, and they don’t come in. Too hot, and they won’t hold. The rink itself must be perfectly measured using delicate geometry. Gelinas warns that looking at it won’t create a true rectangle. The dimensions of the current rink are 64 feet by 28.

He said he’d usually put something like this in the back and he knows it’s quite noticeable on a street in Camden, but it was the only stretch of yard he had that was fairly flat.

A family from Molyneaux Road in Camden have created their own ice rink in their front yard. Pictured, left to right, are Noah Gelinas, Rae-Ann Gelinas, Andrew Laidlaw and David Gelinas. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Once the supports are in place, the boards are put in place to frame it and a liner, which must be purchased new every year for most, can be laid. He said the key is that you have to have a period of cold days in the long term forecast. Eventually, he fills the rink with water from a garden hose and notes that it’s not a short process.

Once it’s frozen, it’s gone!

He has already done so in other places, notably by building an ice rink for the Castine primary school where his daughter from a previous marriage was taking lessons.

He trained for his work on the water at the Maine Maritime Academy. He learned his love of boats by visiting his grandparents on the Connecticut coast growing up.

Gelinas noted how much he respected and admired Captain Gilbert Hall, who was a longtime Penobscot Bay pilot and passed the torch to Gelinas upon his retirement.

A photo of Camden Ice Rink at night, courtesy of David Gelinas.

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Free ice skating in downtown Kent brings community to town – Kent Wired https://speedskating.org/free-ice-skating-in-downtown-kent-brings-community-to-town-kent-wired/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 19:48:57 +0000 https://speedskating.org/free-ice-skating-in-downtown-kent-brings-community-to-town-kent-wired/ Kent skates opened November 20 with free rentals and fun for the public. The ice rink is located near the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. It will offer a snack and drink stand as well as many downtown restaurants for attendees to support. Tom Wilke, the The City of Kent Economic Development Manager, […]]]>

Kent skates opened November 20 with free rentals and fun for the public. The ice rink is located near the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. It will offer a snack and drink stand as well as many downtown restaurants for attendees to support.

Tom Wilke, the The City of Kent Economic Development Manager, said Kent Skates is a great partnership with Kent State and other organizations, who had two main goals with the rink.

“On behalf of Kent State University to provide their resident students with something to do during the winter months that we currently don’t have,” Wilke said. “And then, second, from a city perspective, it draws people into our downtown during what are traditionally the slowest months of the year for our downtown businesses.”

Wilke explained how great this would be for not just Kent residents, but neighboring towns as well, and said the idea has been in the works for a long time. He said since he took office in 2015 they had discussed a free ice rink, but it wasn’t until 2019 that it was supposed to come into effect. Unfortunately, the pandemic has changed those plans, but the city is thrilled that it’s finally happening this year.

“It’s the first year, so it couldn’t have come at a better time considering everything that’s happened with the pandemic,” Wilke said. “And that’s one thing outside that people will feel safer than inside, and we hope that will generate a lot of traffic.”

With Kent State playing a large funding role, students make up a large portion of the traffic coming to Kent Skates. Student Sydney Smith, a junior engineering student, said she was delighted to have something for her and her friends to do during the winter.

“It’s very convenient, just off campus,” Smith said, “and it’s just something my friends and I can go and have fun.”

Smith said it would be a good addition for students who may not be able to afford to get away and would like to enjoy a traditional vacation activity.

As for Wilke, he said the rink is different from just a one-day event where the community comes together and expects long-term results to bring the community together safely.

The rink will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until February 28. Kent Chamber of Commerce says there will be a Large aperture rink celebration on December 2 at 6 p.m. to officially bring the community together around this special rink.

Lucy Connolly is a journalist. Contact her at [email protected]

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Sarah’s Weekend: March 4-6 https://speedskating.org/sarahs-weekend-march-4-6/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:17:05 +0000 https://speedskating.org/sarahs-weekend-march-4-6/ Sarah Deshaies produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show. Every Friday at 8:20 a.m., she tells you about the major unusual and unusual events taking place in Montreal. Here’s this week’s list, with links for more information so you can get out and enjoy the city! Submit your event to sarah.dehaies@bellmedia.ca. It’s the last weekend to […]]]>

Sarah Deshaies produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show. Every Friday at 8:20 a.m., she tells you about the major unusual and unusual events taking place in Montreal. Here’s this week’s list, with links for more information so you can get out and enjoy the city! Submit your event to sarah.dehaies@bellmedia.ca.


It’s the last weekend to enjoy Montreal in light, so while you’re there, check out the rest of the festival’s outdoor facilities. There’s an elevated skating loop set up on Jeanne-Mance, La Grande Roue, light installations, maple fire and snacks and drinks, a swing set, giant projections – and more!

Montréal en Lumière also includes a free show for all ages: Cadencea half-hour show on ice at the lovely new Esplanade Tranquille, a refrigerated outdoor skating rink that just opened on Sainte-Catherine and Clark. This new creation by Les 7 Doigts de la Main features ice dancing, extreme jumps, a contortionist and a clown and my favorite circus act, the Cyr wheel! Meanwhile, two narrators tell the story of skating and competition through the years (in French). Dress warmly and prepare your skates! The rink is open for skating, but closed for twice-daily Cascade presentations, until Sunday.

The other circus in town is Celestial Cabaret, a new show at the newly renovated Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel. A meeting room has been converted into a cozy cabaret space for this Cirque Éloize production, which was canceled hours before its original opening in December (thanks, Omicron). Celeste is inspired by astrophysics…think tarot, horoscopes, planets and deities…and it’s both sultry and wacky! I loved the creative clay juggling act and the emcee’s Cyr wheel act. The talented and beautiful Coral Egan provides the vocals across a multitude of pop songs, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Coldplay to Leonard Cohen.

We’ve got the heroes from Moana, Coco, Aladdin, Toy Story and Frozen performing acrobatics and daring skits to Disney On Ice – Mickey’s Search Party is at the Bell Centre, with shows in French and English alternating until Sunday.

WWE’s road to WrestleMania trips to Place Bell in Laval, Sunday at 7 p.m.

Centaur Theater is alive this weekend with his Wildside Remix, returning after being postponed in January. Discover the English beginnings of Logic of the Worst, an exploration of the “worst of the world” through anecdotes and experiences told by five performers. Writer and co-creator Étienne Lepage is thrilled to finally share his show with English-speaking audiences. Until Saturday. And Confabulation will feature romance with “Good Date, Bate Date,” presented after Friday’s 9 p.m. performance of Logic.

Airing this weekend: season 2 of Star Trek: Picard just launched on Cravea and CTV Sci-Fi. Also new on Crave: a new comedy by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows and Thor). Our flag means death satirizes 18th century piracy, starring Rhys Darby as a captain-turned-captain who wants to lead a kinder, gentler pirate crew.

And in the cinema: Robert Pattinson is the latest incarnation of the crusader capped in The Batman. Bruce Wayen is on the trail of a sadistic killer, while confronting Zoe Kravitz’s wiley Catwoman.

Former Montrealer Nick Nemeroff headline The reopening of The Comedy Nest this weekend! He will be joined by Jacy Lafontaine, Jonathan Burrello and Lawrence Corber on Friday, and Elspeth Wright, Viveth K and JC Surette on Saturday. Two shows every evening, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Independent room Montreal improvisation is back, in his new home in St Henri. Attend one or more of the four shows this weekend! Tickets and timetables here.

Oscar Isaac and Charlie XCX join the team of Saturday Night LiveSaturday at 11:30 p.m.

Montreal burlesque headquarters The Wiggle Room is relaunching this weekend, celebrating (finally) New Year’s Eve (in March). Cheer on Lily Monroe, Roxy Torpedo, Zyra Lee Vanity, Clara Develours and Butterscotch Blondie on Friday and Saturday.

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Check out the latest city updates cross-country ski trails and outdoor ice rink conditions.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Nicolas Party: The purple hour, a look at the Swiss artist’s pastels, watercolors and sculptures, compared to the murals he painted at the Museum… plus with 50 works selected by Party from the Museum’s collection. The show’s title refers to “that fleeting moment when the fading light casts purple hues across the landscape” – what a dream!

The McCord Museum has just launched the fascinating JJ Levine: gay portraits. The Montreal artist presents 52 intimate images of people who identify as queer, selected from three different series taken between now and 2006.

Montreal Science Center reopened last month. Discover the evolution in Human or explore the process of invention in Fabrik – Creativity Factory. Plus, the movie theater is open, so you can sit back and learn about the sea lions and the Great Bear Rainforest – in IMAX 3D!

While the kids are having fun at the Science Centre, maybe you can sneak into the Bota Bota floating spa or the Scandinave Spa in the Old Port? Because the spas have reopened this week! Too, The Old Port skating rink is open, with tickets available online.

Visions Hip-Hop QC: Exhibition is an extensive series of portraits that begins this weekend at the Center Phi. Painter Marven Clerveau has organized a “visual and sound journey” to portray the people who shaped the province’s hip-hop scene. Marven talks to artists like Webster, Tammy Tuesdayz and Know Kandu, as well as local music managers. Until March 26.

The 14th edition of Massimadi: The Afro LGBTQ+ film and arts festival presents more than 20 films available to stream online, for free! Like the animated inspirational interview feature Well balancedan exploration of masculinity through the words of poet Geroge Matthew Johnson in Not all boys are blue and portrait of Chicago’s trans icon Mama Gloria. Until March 11

The SAT has extended -22.7°C, a new immersive show from French music producer Molécule, who traveled to Greenland to record environmental sounds on his “survival electrokit”. It incorporates the ice, wind and snow of the Arctic into a rich soundscape for your ears while your eyes are treated to the stunning visuals of Belgian studio Dirty Monitor. Until Sunday. (It’s only 40 minutes long, so if you’re still hesitant about public events, this is a great place to relax!)

Stream the Oscar-nominated NFB animated short, art businessabout the daily obsessions of an eccentric family.

Walk ohr drive through the magic of Cavalia Illumi circuits in Laval. If you saw the show last year, it’s almost entirely a brand new show, with many new “universes” to discover, like the candy blizzard, giant puppies and kittens, an inspired palace of Aladdin and an “underwater tunnel”. Until March 13.

The Opéra de Montréal presents two shows available for rental online, Carmen de Bizet.

Flee to the circus, at least metaphorically, with Pointe-à-Callière It’s circus time! More than 350 objects will explore some 200 years of art history in Quebec, through costumes, props, training equipment and more.

Monet – Approved by Dr. Mitch! The people who gave you the immersive Van Gogh experience are now turning their attention to one of France’s most iconic Impressionist painters, with Imagine Monet. Now at the Arsenal gallery in Little Burgundy, it’s like taking a bath in the works of Claude Monet (1840-1926). The approximately 35-minute show introduces you to his work, then immerses you in his iconic scenes of water lilies and Japanese walkways, as well as rich snapshots of nature, beaches, and bustling French streets and ports. A meditative visit to one of the greatest painters. Extended until March 27.

Exporail, The Canadian Train Museum in St Constant presents: Train, a Railroad to Dreams: A World in Miniature. It’s a homage to toy trains…so you start with the smallest of the trains, then swing around to marvel at the 50 life-size vehicles on display in the Grand Hall.

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Arizona State Announces Name of Campus Community Ice Rink https://speedskating.org/arizona-state-announces-name-of-campus-community-ice-rink/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 21:38:07 +0000 https://speedskating.org/arizona-state-announces-name-of-campus-community-ice-rink/ Arizona State University announced a multi-year naming rights partnership with Mountain America Credit Union to name its new on-campus ice rink Mountain America Community Iceplex. The ASU Mountain American Community Iceplex will be the practice rink and practice facility for the ASU men’s hockey team. The rink will also be used by ASU’s American Collegiate […]]]>

Arizona State University announced a multi-year naming rights partnership with Mountain America Credit Union to name its new on-campus ice rink Mountain America Community Iceplex.

The ASU Mountain American Community Iceplex will be the practice rink and practice facility for the ASU men’s hockey team. The rink will also be used by ASU’s American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I women’s hockey program and all three divisions of the ACHA men’s program, as well as the ASU competitive figure skating team. .

“We are very grateful to have Mountain America Credit Union here today as our naming partner for this facility,” said ASU Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Morgan R. Olsen. “He’s an incredible asset to our teams, our students, to the university and to the community.”

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The Best Skate Parks in New York for Kids and Families https://speedskating.org/the-best-skate-parks-in-new-york-for-kids-and-families/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 14:16:53 +0000 https://speedskating.org/the-best-skate-parks-in-new-york-for-kids-and-families/ Getty Images The Best Skate Parks in New York for Kids and Families When skateboarding’s popularity in New York City exploded in the 1990s, riders were mostly confined to areas where they could get away with using the city’s terrain for horseback riding. Today, skateboarding culture in New York has grown so much that there […]]]>
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The Best Skate Parks in New York for Kids and Families

When skateboarding’s popularity in New York City exploded in the 1990s, riders were mostly confined to areas where they could get away with using the city’s terrain for horseback riding. Today, skateboarding culture in New York has grown so much that there are tons of options for skate parks where kids and adults can practice their skills and enjoy their hobby.

Skateboarding has been linked to strengthening bones and improving balance and allowing skateboarders to practice social networking, artistic expression, mutual respect and appreciation for the environment.

Today, families can find plenty of spots to practice skateboarding at free parks around New York. Of course, before you go out you’ll need safety gear – don’t forget skateboarding gear and lessons if you need them! And remember that skateparks tend to get crowded, but this is the perfect opportunity for kids to practice their patience and wait their turn to show off their skills. back.

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McCarren Skate Park
61 Bayard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Looking for a small, free public skatepark with smooth transitions? Look no further than McCarren Skatepark in Williamsburg. Located in McCarren Grand Park, this concrete skate park features steps, ramps, wedges, pyramids, combination ledge obstacles, and a quarter pipe with an angled curved wall. McCarren tends to fill up quickly, so best to get there early in the day before it gets too busy. During the summer and school holidays, skate camps are also offered by McCarren.

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation requires a discharge of responibility skateboarders (children under 18 need a guardian’s signature) to use the skatepark.

Astoria Skate Park
Located in Astoria Park
Hoyt Avenue S, Astoria, NY 11102

For our Queens readers, Astoria Skate Park might be the best place to practice your skills. This skatepark is a slick and spacious street plaza in Astoria Park. It also contains cornices, concrete pavements, several levels, stairs and railings and embankments. There’s plenty of room for runners of all skill levels to train without bumping into each other. Plus, it’s free to ride.

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation requires a discharge of responibility skateboarders (children under 18 need a guardian’s signature) to use the skatepark.

River Avenue Skate Park
100 East 157th St., Bronx, NY 10451

River Avenue Skate Park serves something special for skateboarders: it was one of the first skate parks built with materials from New York City parks. In doing so, he references both modern New York and traditional New York. Located in the Concourse district of the Bronx, this skatepark is 10,000 square feet of concrete, and it has plenty of stairs, rails, ledges, benches, banks, and voids for skaters to learn and practice their skills. .

Hamilton Bridge Ice Rink
2401 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10033

Washington Heights is proud to say that it has the largest skate park of all the boroughs. It’s often called “181st Street Skatepark” because it’s a short walk from the 181st Street subway station. Hamilton Bridge Skate Park was purposely built on a downhill slope, meaning skaters can reach their full speed potential here. It also has all the features you need to practice your most impressive tricks.

Located in Highbridge Park, when heading to the skatepark make sure to keep an eye out for its location hidden under a bridge. If you walk over the Washington Bridge in Amsterdam and 181st you will see a bike path on the south side. This path will take you to the skatepark at 179th St.

LES Coleman Skatepark
62 Monroe Street and Pike Street, New York, NY 10002

LES Coleman Skatepark is a classic Lower East Side gem. Renovated in 2012, Coleman offers an innovative range of features to challenge and amuse you, including a pyramid and the Big Apple. The sprawling concrete park is full of street obstacles including ledges, banks, rails, amusement boxes, and more. The skatepark is located under the Manhattan Bridge and in Coleman Park.

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation requires a discharge of responibility skateboarders (children under 18 need a guardian’s signature) to use the skatepark.

Pier 62 Skatepark
143 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

If you’re looking for a skatepark that’s great for kids but nestled among plenty of adult attractions, you’ve come to the right place. Pier 62 Skatepark is located in Hudson River Park in Chelsea, a beautiful area full of recreational attractions and water views.

Pier 62 offers 15,000 square feet of free space for skateboarders and rollerbladers. It is built on a marine platform supported by piles and its features were made from structural foam. As a result, it’s perfect for kids learning to skateboard. The park’s “California Style” architecture towers over the water, ensuring that it is truly the magical combination of tranquility and action it was designed for.

No liability form is required, but passengers must wear a helmet at Pier 62.

Cooper Park Skate Park
Located on Sharon Street, between Morgan Avenue and Olive Street

A dream park for skaters in New York, this park located in East Williamsburg is very popular with skaters of all levels. It’s designed with lots of obstacles – deep ramps, rocking rollers that will help your skater perfect their skateboarding skills. This park can get quite crowded, but it’s still manageable, with quiet skating windows for beginners and younger kids.

Far Rockaway Skate Park
Beach 11th Street near Seagirt Blvd near Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

This park was virtually demolished during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It reopened amid the pandemic in August 2020 to the delight of Rockaway Beach residents and visitors. It is well proportioned with crushed ledges, rolled edges, a volcano and a staircase with a handrail.

At 15,700 square feet, there’s plenty of room for a gentle ride for skaters and kids on scooters. It works well because it’s located on the beach promenade, which is pretty cool on its own, but it also means that cyclists of all ages and experiences share this park.

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Figure skating is learning to fall and get up https://speedskating.org/figure-skating-is-learning-to-fall-and-get-up/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 14:24:24 +0000 https://speedskating.org/figure-skating-is-learning-to-fall-and-get-up/ Born and raised in Beijing, I started skating when I was 8 years old. The first time I walked on the ice, I slipped carefully, trying not to fall. “Be Bold!” shouted my father. “Take another step!” But when I did, I fell – again and again at first. I spent my free time at […]]]>

Born and raised in Beijing, I started skating when I was 8 years old. The first time I walked on the ice, I slipped carefully, trying not to fall. “Be Bold!” shouted my father. “Take another step!”

But when I did, I fell – again and again at first. I spent my free time at the ice rink, practicing endlessly. Two years later, I had had enough. The pressure was too much.

Why we wrote this

A child’s eagerness to meet parents’ expectations can become too much of a burden to bear. But it is a burden that can be lifted by love.

For the next 10 years, I didn’t skate at all. But when I returned to Beijing in 2019 during winter break from college, I came across a new pair of figure skates my dad had bought me. “I thought you’d end up wearing them,” he said. This thought had never occurred to me. Still, I brought the skates back with me.

This winter, inspired by the Olympics, I put on my skates. I carefully walked on the ice of a Boston rink. This time skateboarding was like it was when I fell in love with it. I slipped and danced. I was without pressure, free, happy.

To learn to skate, you have to get up after a fall. I had fallen 10 years ago, and now I have risen.

“Be Bold!” I hear my father calling. “Take another step!”

My roommate and I sat very quietly and held our breath to watch the showdown between ice skaters Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Nathan Chen of the United States, as if our contractions or breathing might interfere with their schedules at the Olympics. Beijing winter. But when Mr. Chen launched himself into the air, it wasn’t his quadruple flip that caught my eye – it was the empty upper deck seats behind him.

They looked familiar. And then I realized that the competition was taking place at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing. These seats were where my parents had sat, my dad holding a video camera to record my daily workouts so we could review every twirl and spiral.

Born and raised in Beijing, I started skating when I was 8 years old. I remember the first time I walked on this rink; I carefully slid forward, my toes pointed inward to keep myself from falling.

Why we wrote this

A child’s eagerness to meet parents’ expectations can become too much of a burden to bear. But it is a burden that can be lifted by love.

“Be Bold!” my father shouted to me from that balcony. “Take another step!” His stentorian voice echoed in the arena.

But as soon as I tried to do so, I lost my balance and fell – again and again. It’s a lot harder than it looks, I remember thinking.

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In Russia, Putin’s war in Ukraine draws battle lines https://speedskating.org/in-russia-putins-war-in-ukraine-draws-battle-lines/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 23:21:57 +0000 https://speedskating.org/in-russia-putins-war-in-ukraine-draws-battle-lines/ In the village of Kamenka in Russia’s southern Rostov region near the Ukrainian border, 47-year-old Alexei Safonov was horrified to learn that Russia had launched its attack last week. Then he started working as the chief engineer at an ice rink and was sickened to see his colleagues celebrating. The story continues under the ad […]]]>

In the village of Kamenka in Russia’s southern Rostov region near the Ukrainian border, 47-year-old Alexei Safonov was horrified to learn that Russia had launched its attack last week. Then he started working as the chief engineer at an ice rink and was sickened to see his colleagues celebrating.

“The feeling was that it was high time we showed these ‘Nazis’ what we could do, so it is high time we started this operation,” he said, referring to the claim of Putin that he would “denazify” Ukraine and its leaders. “It made me feel really discouraged and depressed. The people around me are enthusiastic about it. When I look at them, I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

That night he wrote an anguished post on social media, lamenting the “horror and shame” of a war that “will be catastrophic”. He initially received 19 comments, most of them attacking him. A friend, a local policeman, warned him to delete it, but he refused.

At work the next day, the general manager of the complex burst in, shouting and swearing at Safonov.

“He said, ‘Either you delete this post or we don’t need people like you here. He told me to sign a resignation letter, but I just packed my things and left,” Safonov recounted.

Later, three police officers armed with machine guns came to his home, arrested him and accused him of disrespecting society and the Russian Federation. He faces court on Friday and fears authorities are concocting a more serious charge.

The seismic impact of the war is just beginning to be felt on many Russians, deepening these cracks in society. State TV hosts tell viewers the sanctions prove the West hates Russians.

European airspace closed and Russia’s now toxic brand shunned in sports, chess, ice hockey, football, motor racing and by art galleries, Harley Davidson, Disney , the movie “The Batman”, the Eurovision song contest, the luxury car shipping companies, the Maersk shipping company, the International Olympic Committee, major oil companies, the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund and many more.

The cascading effect was rapid. Google has blocked YouTube channels linked to state-owned media RT and Sputnik. Even far-right European leaders and strongmen from Central and Eastern Europe balked. The ruble crashed and the Central Bank went out of business for two days, with Putin banning Russians from depositing currency in accounts or sending it abroad.

When Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rose to address the Geneva Disarmament Conference on Tuesday, nearly all delegates rose and left the room. When senior official Vyacheslav Volodin returned home from an official trip over the weekend, his plane was diverted from airspace in Sweden and Norway.

To be fair, outside of liberal circles, public criticism is still a relative trickle in a country where dissent is not tolerated. He did, however, include some powerful oligarchs, although they had little or no influence over Putin.

Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire industrialist, called for peace “as soon as possible” on the Telegram messaging app. Ukrainian-born tycoon Mikhail Fridman penned a letter to LetterOne staff, first reported by the Financial Times, saying war could never be the answer.

State TV host Ivan Urgant posted a black square on his Instagram feed the day of the invasion, along with the words “Fear and pain. No to war. His show the next day was canceled, and it is uncertain whether it will air again.

Even the daughter of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov posted a black banner on social media with the words “No to war”, although she quickly deleted it.

Anissa NaouaiCEO of Maffick, an RT-linked company and one of Putin’s staunchest supporters in years, announced on Tuesday that she was “cutting all ties with RT”, posting a black banner on Twitter with the words ” Russia without Putin”.

The apolitical felt the need to make their opposition clear. Peter Svidler, a Russian chess grandmaster, usually tweets about chess, Wordle and dogs. But last week he wrote that it was impossible to remain silent. “No to war,” he posted.

“Let’s at least say some things live on the air. I do not agree with the war my country is waging in Ukraine. I do not believe that Ukraine or the Ukrainian people are my enemies or the enemies of anyone,” he said during a Tuesday Chess 24 flux.

Nearly 6,500 protesters in dozens of cities have been arrested since the invasion, according to rights group OVD-Info. Psychiatrists, doctors, architects, journalists, actors, historians, computer scientists, filmmakers, Orthodox priests and others signed open letters protesting the war.

If Putin did not change course, Russia “would take its place as an aggressor and rogue state, a state that will bear the responsibility for its crimes for generations,” said Ivan Zhdanov, director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, led by imprisoned dissident Alexei. Navalny. Zhdanov spoke out in a video calling for a nationwide campaign against misinformation.

But as the Russian economy came under intense sanctions pressure, Russian officials doubled down and toughened up their rhetoric.

In a tweet from the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asked if “the process of denazification in Germany after the end of World War II” was really over, commenting on Germany’s decision to send arms to Ukraine.

Lawmaker Andrei Klimov called for treason charges against those who “cooperated with foreign anti-Russian centers causing clear harm to our national security.”

The older generation of Russians who swallow state TV, fear the West and admire Putin for the stability he brought after the chaotic post-Soviet 1990s. But the predictability is gone.

Rink engineer Safonov said ordinary, low-income Russians would be hit hardest, but wealthy elites “will be fine as usual”, adding: “Maybe they will be shaken up a bit but not a lot, I’m sure.

“For Russia, that means we’re going back to the caves,” he said. “I think it’s like the end, for Russia.”

Natasha Abbakumova contributed to this report.

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Pipestone Community Rink Changes Name – The Pipestone Flyer https://speedskating.org/pipestone-community-rink-changes-name-the-pipestone-flyer/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 19:35:00 +0000 https://speedskating.org/pipestone-community-rink-changes-name-the-pipestone-flyer/ Pipestone community rink changes name On Saturday, February 26, 2022, members of the Pipestone community gathered at the Pipestone Community Ice Rink for the postponed Family Day festivities. The community event, originally scheduled for Family Day weekend, was pushed back to the following weekend to withstand better […]]]>


Pipestone community rink changes name




On Saturday, February 26, 2022, members of the Pipestone community gathered at the Pipestone Community Ice Rink for the postponed Family Day festivities. The community event, originally scheduled for Family Day weekend, was pushed back to the following weekend to withstand better weather.

At the event, members of the Pipestone Community Society announced the rink’s new name: Lorentz-Pockrant Community Rink.

The name was chosen to recognize the work that Dan Lorentz and his son-in-law Dave Pockrant have put into the community rink over the years.

Beginning in the 1960s, Lorentz had volunteered his time to maintain the ice at the Pipestone Rink. Pockrant followed his father-in-law’s lead and took over rink duties in the early 2000s.

Mavis Lorentz accepted a plaque and was present at the nomination presentation on behalf of her late husband Dan. After working diligently on the ice in the days leading up to the community event with other rink volunteers to ensure the ice was ready for Saturday, Pockrant was also on hand to accept recognition and see the new sign go up. on the ice rink.

Community members enjoyed the beautiful February evening with skating, hot dog making and fireworks.






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