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Wheels — whether a bike, a car or the Wonder Wheel — have always made a trip to Coney Island a bit more exciting. And beginning on March 22, that tradition will get even stronger when Lola Staar’s Dreamland Roller Rink, a retro rink sponsored by Glamour magazine and Tommy Hilfiger, opens.

“My dream was to take a vacant lot in Coney Island and transform it into a roller rink,” said Dianna Carlin. “I created the Save Coney Island organization to save the spirit of Coney Island, and [the rink] will do that and bring something positive to the community.”

Carlin, who adopted the Lola Staar moniker — a nickname from her youth — when she began her fashion design business, has had a lifelong passion for roller-skating.

“I used to roller skate around my parents’ basement when I was 7 years old,” the Ditmas Park resident said, “and that’s the environment that I want to create, to bring people into this other world, where their dreams will come true.”

On Saturday, the rink will open with live music, a performance from the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, an appearance by Edward R. Murrow HS grad Marisa Tomei and, according to Carlin, “all of the Coney Island characters.”

“You are transported into another world,” said Carlin, “and that is what Coney Island is all about.”

Lola Staar’s Dreamland Roller Rink (3052 West 21st St. at Surf Avenue in Coney Island) will open at 6 pm on March 22. Admission is free. For information, call (866) 211-1629.

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Reader Feedback

cmeshel says:
why isn't there anything about restaurant week?
March 21, 2008, 10:54 am
Perry from Coney island says:
As usual....Lola another person that claims they are for the betterment of a neighborhood when in fact all they care about is the betterment of themselves.......how sad and that is why Coney Island will never be redeveloped.....
April 9, 2008, 5:24 am
Jack from Brighton Beach says:
What a joke this is. This article and others make it seem as if it's a permanent installation. It's not, strictly a one night thing because she won a Tommy Hilfiger sponsored contest. As the other person states she's only out for herself. She got to skate around like a little girl playing Queen of the Ball for a night. What a self absorbed transplant.
April 9, 2008, 9:26 am

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