- The Skate Truck NYC
Both of Gypsy Lucas’s grandmothers worked at roller-skating rinks, her parents met at a roller-skating competition, and her dad owns two rinks in Waco, Texas; naturally, after moving to New York, she noticed straightaway the city’s lack of roller culture. So she outfitted an old moving truck to accommodate 150 pairs of her dad’s used skates and Rollerblades, and launched the city’s only mobile skate rental. For $25, adults get skates for the day, plus protective gear and even a brief lesson. In wintertime, the truck services parties and private events, but come spring, it will park weeknights at skate-friendly locations throughout the city. Weekends, meanwhile, are spent at the Bandshell in Central Park, where rookies can pick up moves from the dance-skaters who’ve been getting down there for years.
Best Skate Party
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).