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Learn you skate history!
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. 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.
The Hub opened October 27, 1950 on Harlem Avenue, in an area that at that time was quite desolate. For those who know Chicago today, this area is now a mass of malls and shopping activity. At that time there was nothing between the Roller Rink and Irving Park Road. At the corner of that intersection was The Harlem Outdoor Theater, and across the street the State Police HQ. South of Irving Park were some small stores and a few restaurants where many of the Roller Rink Junkies hung out after closing time.
That “up north” music that I love so much. Hearing this make me want to skate!