Skate Shops


Unfortunately, there are few good skate shops in New York City these days, especially compared to the glory days of the 1990s. It seems there are hardly any specialty skate shops left, and the sporting goods stores have either cut way back on their inline skate selection or dropped inlines entirely.

Some stores listed below might no longer sell inline skates, and it's possible that some have closed. Your comments and updates are appreciated.

The City

Blades Board & Skate

As skate shops go, Blades was the city's best source for inline skate gear from around 1990 into the early 2000s. At its peak, the chain had at least eight stores in the city and had opened a few in other cities. But they have faded away, and as of early 2016 were down to just a single store — Blades Downtown, in the Village near NYU — and that store no longer sold skates.

For those wondering about Blades West, the West 72nd St. store that was a center of inline activity for more than 20 years, it closed in January 2016.

Central Park Sightseeing
56 West 56th St., Midtown, Manhattan
centralparksightseeing.com

Offers 24-hour inline skate rentals. Protective gear is included.

City Sports

There were a few branches of the Boston-based sporting goods chain in Manhattan, and they offered a discount to Empire Skate Club members. However, the chain declared bankruptcy in October 2015 and subsequently liquidated. Since then the name rights have been purchased and an effort begun to resurrect the chain. The new City Sports does not have a store in the city, and the website offerings suggest that they are focused on running gear and workout clothing anyway.

Dick's Sporting Goods
73-25 Woodhaven Boulevard, Glendale
www.dickssportinggoods.com

The big chain sporting goods store has just one location within the city, in central Queens. The company website indicates they carry Rollerblade, Roces and Tour inlines, as well as a couple cheap brands, but store availability looks sketchy on the better models.

Five Stride Skate Shop
178 Bushwick Ave, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
www.fivestrideskateshop.com

Specialists in quad roller and especially roller derby gear.

Modell's
280 Broadway at Chambers St., Manhattan
607 Sixth Ave. at 18th St., Manhattan
Times Square, 234 West 42nd St. at Eighth Ave., Manhattan
845 Third Ave. at East 51st St., Manhattan
135 East 125th St., Manhattan
2929 Third Ave. at 152nd St., The Bronx
31 East Fordham Rd. at Morris Ave., The Bronx
945 White Plains Rd. at Bruckner Expressway, The Bronx
etc.

The big sporting goods chain. In the past, some of their really large stores had a half-decent selection of skates. These days, you may have trouble finding much more than (roller)hockey gear and perhaps some low-end rec-fitness skates — i.e., Bladerunner brand and cheaper Rollerblades models. There is also the possibility that a store may carry no inline skates at all, although this may be a seasonal issue.

Paragon Sporting Goods
867 Broadway at 18th St., Manhattan
www.paragonsports.com

Large, non-chain sporting goods store that for many years carried the best inline skate selection in the city — which in a way was damning (of everyone else) with faint praise.

Unfortunately, they seem to have almost given up on the inline skating market. In late spring 2018, the skates remain hidden away in the back room of the basement level, where formerly they were only relegated to in fall and winter. Furthermore, the selection is limited to a mix of Rollerblades (albeit including one high-end modeli — so better than Modells). K2 skates are no longer available, and roller hockey skates were not to be seen.

Although Paragn's capability to do skate repairs is limited, one sales person successfully helped me with a locked-up axle during my most recent visit to the store.

Panda Sport
9217 5th Ave. at 92nd St., Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
pandasportdirect.com

Still carries skates.

Peck & Goodie

No longer exists. A small store that used to be on Eighth Ave. between 54th and 55th Sts., Peck was a New York institution for 60 years (although as part of the Blades chain for the final decade) before closing in late 2003.

RollerJam USA
236 Richmond Valley Road, Tottenville, Staten Island
www.rollerjamusa.com

Roller rink. Does not seem to have a pro shop where you can buy any rollergear or parts.

Skater's Edge
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, 22nd St at West Side Hwy, Manhattan
chelseapiers.com

The current iteration of a skate shop at the Chelsea Piers sports complex. It's basically the pro shop at Sky Rink, and is thoroughly ice-oriented. Probably of little interest unless you are looking for rollerhockey gear.

The Sports Authority

The big sporting goods chain declared bankruptcy in early 2016 and closed down in late spring. Some store locations were picked up by other sporting goods chains, such as Modells grabbing the Manhattan Third Ave. Midtown site.

Toys "R" Us

The big toy chain carried really cheap (both price and quality) inline skates for kids. They declared bankruptcy in late 2017, and in March 2018 announced they were liquidating.

Westside Skate & Stick
174 Fifth Ave. Suite #504, Manhattan
www.westsideskate.com, Instagram

Primarily an ice and inline hockey shop. Westside originally opened in 2004 selling ice gear and services. In 2006, they expanded into inline and opened a shop on Fifth Ave., across from the Flatiron Building and a block from Madison Square.

Westchester County

Bob Peck's Skate & Sport
31 Lake St., White Plains
www.pecks-skateshop.com

Family-owned store that's been around 80+ years. Advertises as being the largest hockey dealer in Westchester, which means plenty of ice and inline hockey gear, but also carries recreational inline and ice figure skating gear.

Dick's Sporting Goods
45 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
Maple Ave. at Bloomingdale Road, White Plains
www.dickssportinggoods.com

See comments above regarding the location in the city.

Hudson Valley Hockey Company
250 Mahopac Ave., Yorktown Heights
www.hudsonvalleyhockey.com

Big hockey shop close to the Westchester-Putnam county line, including rollerhockey skates and gear.

Long Island

Dick's Sporting Goods
Green Acres Commons, Valley Stream
630 Old Country Road, Garden City
Sunrise Mall, Massapequa
Melville Mall, Melville
www.dickssportinggoods.com

See comments above regarding the location in the city.

Jesse Halpern Skate and Tennis
99 Cuttermill Road at Chelsea Place, Great Neck

Skate Safe America
182 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Rd, Old Bethpage
www.skatesafeamerica.pointstreaksites.com

Sports complex with a pro shop. Carries gear that would be of interest to rollerhockey and roller derby players.

Valley Stream Bicycle / Hockey Shop
476 E. Merrick Road, Valley Stream
www.valleystreambicycle.com

Caters to (roller)hockey players but also advertises recreational inline gear.

Wheelen Willys Skate Shop
3049 Merrick Road, Wantagh