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- Hudson Guild kids, Central Park skate pros, and Gotham Girl roller derbyists, about two seconds before they all skated through the banner.
- And about two seconds after.
- Friends of the High Line co-founder Robert Hammond with Susan Sarandon.
- This is what the rink looks like when you approach from 30th Street.
- Uniqlo's Shin Odake gets skating advice from an expert.
- A Gotham Girl struts her stuff.
- The view from the High Line
- The price list. Sandal-wearers should note that socks are available for $2.
- What would a High Line roller rink be without a food truck selling artisanal slushies?
- Or you could get iced coffee and olive oil cake from these guys.
This morning's press preview of the Uniqlo-sponsored High Line roller rink might have been the best we've ever been to. The assembled crowd was made up of media people, kids from the Hudson Guild, pros from the Central Park Dance Skaters Association (some in outlandish costumes), Uniqlo employees, and ladies from the Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Highlights included High Line supporter Susan Sarandon, artisanal slushies from the Kelvin truck, and many adorable children on roller skates who kept falling down while Friends of the High Line co-founder Robert Hammond was trying to introduce the project.
After a brief opening ceremony, everyone took to the rink as DJs played "Teach Me How to Dougie," this summer's official theme song of cute-kid photo opps. Pro figure skater and "parade personality" Marni Halasa, dressed in a sort of Blue Fairy costume, told us that the city's skate community was thrilled to have another venue in which to show off, especially now that the Roxy has closed.
Non-professional skaters should be excited, too. The rink will stay open through September 26th, with hours running 11am—10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11am—11pm Thursday through Saturday. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for kids under 13, who have to be accompanied by a guardian (but if you're chaperoning a kid and don't want to skate, it's free.) Not only can you rent skates on site, but you can also buy socks if you need them—along with a range of Uniqlo items, of course, but more on that in a minute.
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