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NYC Destination & Cultural Updates

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is trading ice skates for roller skates for the first time since 1940. The Rink will team up with Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace to debut a new roller-skating rink next month just in time for spring. 

Hotel Indigo recently opened its latest offering in New York City, Hotel Indigo NYC Downtown – Wall Street. The new hotel also includes a restaurant, Buttonwood, serving elevated New York City classic and comfort foods made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 

Yug Wellness opened in Astoria, Queens offering yoga classes, skincare, and wellness services. To celebrate, the studio is offering free yoga classes for first-time students as well as donation-based and multilingual classes. 

Ana Wine & Spirits at Hudson Yards is now open. Enjoy a tasting or grab a bottle before dinner from a collection of sustainable, natural wines and premium liquor.  

The Museum of the Moving Image announced a ten-film series devoted to the beloved composer, Stephen Sondheim, starting next month. See It Big: Sondheim will showcase the composer’s mark on the moving image, offering audiences a chance to see a selection of filmic interpretations of Sondheim’s stage work. 

For an up-to-date list of what’s currently open and opening soon in the five boroughs, visit nycgo.com/whatsopen

Rockefeller Center & Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace

The Rink at Rockefeller Center on April 15, 2022. This latest element of Rockefeller Center’s campus-wide redevelopment is a revival of the L.A.-based roller rink and legendary cultural hotspot of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s run by Ian “Flipper” Ross. It is being revived this year by his daughter Liberty Ross.

Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace will open in April through to October as a warm-weather counterpart to the traditional ice rink that has operated since 1936. This is the first time since a short season in 1940 that the Rockefeller Center rink will feature roller skating in the warmer months.

Originally opened by Ross’ father, the legendary Ian ‘Flipper’ Ross in West Hollywood, L.A., the family-owned roller rink was, for just three years, a mecca of uninhibited fun, where a generation of eccentrics and outsiders gathered to experience roller skating. Fast-forward to 2022: Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace returns with the mission of uniting people through the joy of roller skating.

Since 2020, Rockefeller Center has been revealing various elements of its transformation including retail offerings such as record store, Rough Trade & two-storey LEGO store, Pebble Bar as well as new marquee restaurants. In addition, there are family programming with quarterly concerts; PRIDE celebrations in June; and surprise live musical performances from The Rink to the Top of the Rock, featuring performers like Alicia Keys, Father John Misty, and Laurie Anderson.

Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace at The Rink at Rockefeller Center tickets start at $20 USD for adults and $12 for under 15s, not including skate rentals. HOURS OF OPERATION – Mon, Tues, Wed (10am to 10pm), Thurs, Fri (10am to 12am)

The Met Announces Lauren Halsey

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that American artist Lauren Halsey has been commissioned to create a site-specific installation for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Lauren Halsey will be on view from May 17 through October 23, 2022. 

Shane Cullen
Shane Cullen
Shane Cullen has been managing director of a media production studio for nearly 20 years working on projects for a global clientele. He has worked in the travel industry for over a decade and as a travel journalist since 2015. He is passionate about travel, film & photography. He also has a keen interest in emerging technology.


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