New York

A Huge Disco-Themed Roller Rink Is Opening Soon in Central Park

DiscOasis is coming to Central Park's Wollman Rink on June 16.

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

New York City just can’t get enough of cool and retro-inspired roller rinks. So of course, a new one just announced its opening date.

DiscOasis, a disco-themed immersive roller rink, is coming to Central Park’s Wollman Rink on July 16, and it is staying through the whole summer until October 1.

Rolling on the new sparkly rink will be like attending a summer party. Throughout the season, DiscOasis will host live DJ sets, theatrical performances, and even special guests to make the experience truly memorable.

World-renowned producer Nile Rodgers himself will curate a special playlist inspired by the authentic NYC disco groove to get the disco party started. “Since The DiscOasis is all about celebrating New York culture, there’s no other place for it to be,” Rodgers said in an official statement.

“The DiscOasis was created as a movement to celebrate community, inclusivity, and positivity,” Thao Nguyen, CEO of Constellation Immersive, said in a statement. “We’re tapping New York City’s rich history-both as the birthplace of disco and its longtime connection to the urban roller-skating experience-providing an ideal and unique opportunity to gather again.”

Wollman Rink will encourage all guests to skate, dance, and let loose in a new oasis under the sky. If you’re new to roller skates, don’t worry. Skating lessons will also be available from 10 am–10 pm on Wednesdays through Sundays.

The rink itself is part of the magic. With a glittery fantasia as a centerpiece designed by Tony Award-nominated David Korins, the rink will offer an interactive experience through lights and installations, and it will serve as a dance floor for roller-dance as well. Food and beverage service will also be available for guests to enjoy.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to the We Are Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to support and create programs to promote cultural diversity and empower youth.

Tickets are already on sale, and you can purchase them on the DiscOasis website.

If NYC’s roller skating frenzy has finally gotten to you, there are many options for you to explore. If you’re out and about in Midtown, make sure to stop by at the roller rink in Rockefeller Plaza. Those who like to stroll down the High Line will be pleased to know that yet another roller rink is on the way at The High Line Hotel. Even the John F. Kennedy International Airport has its own skating option, where you can skate on the tarmac right before catching a flight. Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

How to Shop Local for Small Business Saturday in NYC

From West African packaged foods to hand-poured candles.

Egunsi Foods
Egunsi Foods
Egunsi Foods

Walk around any local neighbourhood throughout the five boroughs, and through empty storefronts, it’s clear that small businesses in NYC have been hit hard since the start of the pandemic.

This year for Small Business Saturday, not only can you show your support by popping in to your favourite shop, but by also making purchases online. Here are just a few brands to spend your money on this holiday season.

Photo courtesy of Coffee Project New York
Photo courtesy of Coffee Project New York
Photo courtesy of Coffee Project New York

Coffee Project New York

Various locations
This coffee roastery focused on inclusivity and sustainable practices has locations in the East Village, Chelsea, and Fort Greene, in addition to a training center in Long Island City. For the holidays, stay caffeinated with Coffee Project New York‘s special Around the World in 12 Days gift set featuring 12 global beans and tasting notes for each.

Egunsi Foods
Egunsi Foods
Egunsi Foods

Egunsi Foods (part of Harlem incubator program)

Virtual
This online packaged food brand started by ‘Yemisi Awosan when she was homesick for Nigerian flavours during college offers West African goods made with farm-to-table ingredients. From soups and stews to fufu and sauces, Egunsi Foods also has vegan items.

I Like It Black (part of Harlem incubator program)

Harlem
This cozy coffee shop highlights products from coffee roasters in the Black community. In addition to sandwiches, coffee beans, tea, and more, I Like It Black‘s space also offers a great view of Harlem’s historic 125th Street thoroughfare.

Lee Lee's Rugelach
Lee Lee’s Rugelach
Lee Lee’s Rugelach

Lee Lee’s Baked Goods (part of Harlem incubator program)

Harlem
This Harlem institution from Alvin Lee Smalls has been a NYC destination for rugelach since 1965. For sharing during the holidays, at Lee Lee’s Baked Goods, the popular Jewish treat that translates to “little twist” in Yiddish is available in a 12, 24, and 36 set, in addition to a special 26-piece gift tin.

Make My Cake
Make My Cake
Make My Cake

Make My Cake Bakery (part of Harlem incubator program)

Harlem
Make My Cake Bakery is run by several generations of the Smith family with recipes passed down from their matriarch, Josephine Smith aka “Ma Smith.” From cakes and cookies and pies and pastries, order flavours ranging from double chocolate delight cupcakes, coconut pecan cookies, cinnamon rolls, and black & white cake. There’s also an Upper West Side location in addition to the Harlem storefront.

Sugar Hill Creamery
Sugar Hill Creamery
Sugar Hill Creamery

Sugar Hill Creamery (part of Harlem incubator program)

Harlem
As longtime Harlem residents, the husband-and-wife team behind Sugar Hill Creamery opened their popular shop in 2017 to be a place for the neighbourhood to grab a seat and enjoy artisanal ice cream made from scratch. In addition to offering an array of flavours like the Chairperson of the Board (blueberry cheesecake) and Nunu’s Peach Cobbler (peach with cobbler crumbler), they also regularly host community based programs throughout the year meant to empower the Black experience while facilitating connection and storytelling. In addition to a location in Hamilton Heights and Time Out Market in Dumbo, products are also available for nationwide shipping.

Photo courtesy of Schaller & Weber
Photo courtesy of Schaller & Weber
Photo courtesy of Schaller & Weber

Schaller & Weber

Upper East Side
Schaller and Weber is an Upper East Side butcher shop that’s been offering German-style sausages and Northern European speciality foods for more than 80 years. If a single order of pate or charcuterie isn’t going to cut it this year, choose from an array of gift packs like the Christmas Gift Box with an array of items ranging from truffle brat to olive oil crackers.

Photo courtesy of Spoken Flames
Photo courtesy of Spoken Flames
Photo courtesy of Spoken Flames

Spoken Flames

Virtual
Spoken Flames is a candle company founded by Shavaun Christian and each candle is hand-poured and made with a natural coconut wax blend. Choose from selections like Sea Sea Me made with salt, melon, musk, and chamomile, and the LOL featuring notes of mango, lavender, and fresh linen.

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Tae Yoon was born and raised in Queens, and is the Editor of Thrillist New York.

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