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Roller Rink

Dear Mr. Coney Island... I heard about a new roller skating rink opening in Coney Island. Is this true and was there ever one here before? - Gretchen Godmundsdotir

Hello Gretchen,

Roller skating has always been popular in Coney Island, dating back to the Sea Beach Palace Roller Rink of the 1890s. The Palace, located on Surf Avenue at West 8th Street, was transformed from a railroad terminal into a rink that hosted roller dancing and roller racing events (see engraving). There were also rinks at Dreamland, Luna Park, and Steeplechase. There are photos of Babe Ruth, dressed like a farmer, whirling around the Steeplechase Pavilion on roller skates.

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