A WPA poster advertising a Queens roller rink

This WPA poster, part of a collection of posters digitized by the Library of Congress, must have been created in the early 1940s.


That’s because the New York City Building didn’t exist before the 1939 World’s Fair.

“After the World’s Fair, the building became a recreation center for the newly created Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The north side of the building, now the Queens Museum, housed a roller rink and the south side offered an ice rink,” the Queens Museum of Art website explains.

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3 Responses to “A WPA poster advertising a Queens roller rink”

  1. Bob Says:

    I have both ice skated and roller skated in Flushing Meadow Park, but that was in the 70s, and not at this building. I do remember though the outside of this building looked what was like a roller derby type area with rails, and always wondered if there was roller skating here. As far back as I can remember this was always just the Queens Museum. The roller skating rink was near College Point, in the quieter and more dangerous section of the park. We would go there in 1978-1979 or so, I remember them playing disco and rock, fights after skating, and other fun stuff. Ice skating in Flushing Meadow was closer to the Unisphere, and I always hated ice skating.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I bet it cost more than 40 cents to get out on the rink in the 1970s….

    • Bob Says:

      You know, I can’t remember for the life of me what it cost to go in, but it must not have been very expensive as it was never a cost issue whether or not we went roller skating. I could afford it on my paperboy money, so it couldn’t have been much, maybe $2? These are those strange things you wish you could remember, but don’t.

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