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High Line Opens Summer Roller Rink As Skaters Push For More

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday for the new outdoor roller rink opening at the north end of the High Line on Manhattan's West Side. NY1’s Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.

A throwback could be making a comeback in the city.

"A lot of us grew up going to roller skating parties as kids, and right here in the neighborhood was the Roxy — that's where a lot of people remember skating," said Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line.

The Roxy closed in 2007, as with other roller rinks in Manhattan.

But roller skating made a return to Chelsea Thursday with the opening of the High Line Rink, which isn't exactly on the High Line.

All summer long, roller skaters can skate in the 8,000 square foot rink at 10th Avenue and 30th Street, on the pavement below the High Line.

"It's kind of nostalgic, I am not super old but I did skate when I was a kid and I'm bringing it back, it's great," said one High Line skater.

Friends of the High Line decided on roller skating because they wanted to add something as unusual and unexpected as the park itself.

"To be out here on such a beautiful day under the High Line, and Manhattan finally having a roller skating rink again, awesome," said another skater.

The roller rink is only open through September 26. Some hope it turns into something more permanent.

"I hope that it really gets off the ground, because over the years, skating in New York has dwindled down," said a woman present at the rink.

"It would be really amazing if they could someone find a way to make this year-round," said Anne Silvernail of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby.

Admission costs $12 for adults, $10 for kids.

The first 500 people tonight, tomorrow and Saturday get in for free.

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