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Roller Derby, Nathan’s, and Coney Island

  • July 18, 2016
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Last night I went to my first roller derby games with friends at the Abe Stark Skating Arena on Coney Island. Gotham Girls! Manhattan vs. Bronx, and Brooklyn vs. Queens. (Manhattan and Brooklyn won.)

Later on in the second game, we left our seats in the bleachers and stood on the floor where the game was being vigorously fought:


I admit, it took me until the second game to get an idea what the rules were but I was willing to wait and watch until I understood at least some of it. (Some of it I still don’t understand but that’s all right.)

And when Brooklyn won, we surged onto the floor and stood in a line while both teams high-fived us all. I couldn’t help thinking, this wouldn’t have happened at Madison Square Garden. 😉


Afterward, we headed out to a carnival atmosphere of rides and food as people swarmed the streets. How could we skip Nathan’s? We didn’t. The others were amused at my food choices. Since I no longer eat meat, I ordered a hotdog bun with mustard and sauerkraut along with fries and a soda and enjoyed myself immensely.


Will I ever use this in a story? Who knows? Sometimes the point of new experiences is just to enjoy what’s happening and figure it out later.

If you want to know more about Gotham Girls Roller Derby, you can find them at gothamgirlsrollerderby.com/. And yes, I bought the tee shirt:



  • Carrie • July 18, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I love that tee shirt!

    • J. M. Levinton • July 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I wasn’t the only one to buy it. 😉

  • jan • July 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    As I recall there aren’t many rules in roller derbies! I couldn’t have resisted that tee shirt either!

    • J. M. Levinton • July 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      One of the rules I noticed was the importance of skating inside the lines. If someone got past the others but it happened over the line, she actually skated back and tried again.

      And yeah, I love my tee shirt!

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