A pop-up roller disco is opening at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal Mall
Rendering courtesy of The Roller Wave
An indoor roller rink is coming to the heart of Brooklyn. Set to open on February 11 at the Atlantic Terminal Mall, The Roller Wave will offer a 24,000-square-foot venue with skating, live performances, DJs, food and beverage options, and an arcade. Founded by NYC native Harry Martin, the Roller Wave is a traveling pop-up roller skating experience. The rink, which will be open through June 4, will be the Roller Wave’s first true location.
Over the last few years, there’s been a resurgence of roller skating in New York City and across the country, aided by the pandemic. While the city’s rinks are largely designed for warm weather, like Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace at Rockefeller Center, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, and the DiscOasis at Wollman Rink in Central Park, The Roller Wave’s indoor experience allows for winter skating.
Martin, who grew up visiting the Empire Skating Rink in Crown Heights, wanted to pay homage to the culture and history of skating.
“Mid-century black Americans laid the groundwork for the evolution of roller skating,” Martin said. “We are very excited to put the spotlight back on the Brooklyn community, and Atlantic Terminal Mall is the perfect epicenter to celebrate the community in an authentic and innovative way.”
The Roller Wave will host guest spots from DJs and musicians and offer food and beverage options from Buds 2 Roses Café, with prepared food items from Union Square Hospitality Group.
“We are thrilled to welcome such an exciting and nostalgic experience back to the heart of Brooklyn,” Ehud Kupperman, head of Atlantic Terminal-owner Madison International Realty’s New York City urban retail portfolio, said. “We are proud to be hosting The Roller Wave at our center and look forward to the fun and enjoyment it will bring to the local community.”
Starting February 11, The Roller Wave will be open at 625 Atlantic Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The rink is open to all ages until 8 p.m., followed by adult-only sessions.
Tickets are priced at $14.50 plus a $5 skate rental fee for children and $19.50 for adults plus a $10 skate rental fee. Get more details here.
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Editor’s note: The original version of this article was updated to include a statement from Ehud Kupperman of Madison International Realty.