Lola Star is a legendary Coney Island character whose lavish, glittering roller-skate parties are about to descend on Prospect Park. Every Friday night from July 11 through August 29, there’s a different theme to the extravagant parties: Flashdance, Ziggy Stardust, and Saturday Night Fever, to name a few. “Oh, and I just booked some LED unicorns to do a dance routine,” Star tells B+B.
Star, a petite redhead, ran the Dreamland Roller Rink at Coney Island’s Childs Building from 2008 to 2011, and has been “searching for space that has that same sense of magic” ever since, she says. She uses the word “magic” a lot, and why not? She named herself “Lola Star” because as a kid she used to skate around to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” while dreaming of stardom.
And she wants everyone else to feel like a star, too. At her parties, skaters are encouraged to dress up in their most fabulous attire to coincide with the theme; party-goers can even walk down a red carpet while “paparazzi” shoot photos. There are circus performances from hula-hoopers, sea creatures on stilts, burlesque dancers, and, of course, those LED unicorns.
“You will be so entertained, even if you just come to watch,” Star says. “We have super rockin’ DJs spinning ’80s roller-skating classics. It’s non-stop fun, and there’s a lot of eye candy for people who don’t want to skate.”
If you’re a roller-skate purist, Star’s got you covered. “The floor is fantastic polished concrete,” she says. “That’s a really important part of roller skating, especially if you’re a good skater.” And if you’re not a good skater? Cabaret dancer Helen Pontani will teach beginning skate lessons and roller-disco dances to go with the theme of the evening.
The pop-up rink can hold 300 people, not including outside seating. It’s partially open-air, so skaters can watch the sky and trees while they spin their hearts out. There’s beer and wine, too, and Bluestone Café will serve dinner all night. It’s probably safest to buy your $15 tickets online, as the event will likely sell out.
“I like to think that I’m reinventing roller-skating and giving it this new twist to make it relevant,” Star says. “Being on wheels is a magical thing.”
Dreamland Roller Disco, Fridays from July 11 through August 29, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.) at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, in Porspect Park
Other rinks in Brooklyn
Crazy Legs Skate Club – Every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to midnight, Crazy Legs welcomes seasoned skaters and beginners to their rink at the Salvation Army Building at 110 Kosciuszko Street. Admission is $10 and skate rental is $5.
Pier 2 Roller Rink – Brooklyn Bridge Park’s brand new roller rink has a family feel, and has free skate sessions on Mondays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. It’ll cost you a max of $15 to skate the rest of the week.
50 Kent Pop-Up Roller Rink – The Gotham Girls Roller Derby club hosts this skating celebration on August 10 during the 50 Kent Festival. It’s totally free and family-friendly, and you can rent skates on site.