She plans to keep it rolling!
The founder of a brightly colored disco roller rink that opened in Sunset Park’s Industry City last December hopes to make it a rink for all seasons. Over the last four months, the Dreamland Roller Rink has attracted sell-out crowds for its dance nights and all-age parties, said its owner.
“It has been going incredibly well,” said skate queen Lola Star. “It’s exceeded all my expectations.”
The winter skating rink was originally scheduled to vacate its space on April 21, but Star says that she is negotiating to extend her time in Industry City. The skating advocate, who has run roller disco events in Prospect Park each summer since 2014, said that the events in Industry City have attracted a whole new crowd.
“We’re getting a lot of people from the local Sunset Park community, and we’ve made some wonderful new friends,” she said.
The neighborhood was starved for entertainment, she said, and recent additions to the Industry City complex — including Dreamland — have helped to meet that need.
“There’s such a need for it in this area of Brooklyn — more cool nightlife activities, a place where you can walk around, maybe get a drink,” she said.
Industry City is currently promoting Dreamland’s Friday night roller disco parties as part of its “Friday Nights at Industry City” series, launching on March 29, when many of the complex’s food and drink vendors will stay open until 10 pm, including beer spot Big Alice Barrel Room and the brand new Table 87 Pizza Bar.
No matter what happens with the roller rink, Star says that her weekly adults-only Dreamland Roller Disco parties will return to the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park this summer. But she hopes that both spots will have complementary events lighting up the night.
“I’m planning on a different type of event in Industry City, something that doesn’t compete with Prospect Park,” she said. “Then we’ll have the party raging all over Brooklyn!”
Roller Disco at Dreamland Roller Rink (233 37th St. at Second Avenue in Sunset Park, www.dream