This roller-skate shop is outfitted with pink-leopard and red-zebra print skates, which appropriately reflect the bold sport. Owners and roller-derby skaters Danielle Flowers and Nicole Williams moved the store from Queens to Brooklyn when their team, the Gotham Girls, relocated its practice space to Bushwick. Since most derby gear is sold online these days, the athletic mecca offers customers the rare chance to actually try on four-wheel quad skates ($100–$750), helmets ($35–$45), and wrist and knee pads ($20–$70). Plus, there is hardware like bearings ($20–$95) and wheels ($30–$130), which are impossible to find at your local Modell’s. Take an outdoor ride in a pair of vegan-friendly Moxi Ivy roller skates ($199), or go on an indoor adventure with Riedell heavy-duty colorful leather boots that include bearings and wheels ($229). Don a retro pair of clay rollers ($42) on your skates while wearing a badass sleeveless hoodie emblazoned with Gotham Girls ($45) as you fly by all of your fallen competitors.
Five Stride Skate Shop
|Venue name:||Five Stride Skate Shop||Contact:|
455 Graham Ave
|Cross street:||at Richardson St|
|Opening hours:||Tue, Fri 11am–7pm; Wed, Thu, Sat 11am–6pm; Sun 11am–3pm. On Gotham Girls game days the store is open 11am–2pm.|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Graham Ave|