Good times in Detroit

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Northland Roller Rink rocks.

We went there on Saturday to flyer for the upcoming DTENSION. After being kicked out of Fairlane mall, we found that this is one of the closest things Detroit has to offer as ‘public space’ where kids can go to hang out. There are metal detectors though.

Couples slow-skate to Mary J. Blige, teenage boys skate faster than you would believe and their expert maneuvers ensure that the 6 year-old girls aren’t mowed down in the flow of traffic.

7$ includes skates.
$5 if you bring your own
They’re open till 1:30am on weekends

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8 Responses to “Good times in Detroit”


  1. 1 Kate March 3, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    i’d love to go with you sometime!!!

  2. 2 Anna March 5, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    oh my god. you have no idea what roller-skating meant to me as a young detroiter. there used to be this place called the rollerdome on west warren (near where detroit turns to dearborn heights, near vista maria, i think) and we used to skate there every friday night. afrika bamabataa’s planet rock was the fucking shit to skate to. then some gangster who got kicked out burned it down, that was the story anyway, and all our love was gone. long live the rollerdome.

    • 3 M.D. December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      My grandma owned that rink called Rollerdrome. My dad worked there and that’s where my mom met my dad. I used to go there all the time as well, it was the oldest rink during its time and its nice to see people still remember it. 😀

    • 4 blues September 20, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      My man… The rollerdome was it back then. I lived on sawyer and heyden and our weekends where full of great music and a great time. Yes sadly so asshole burned it down while people where skating inside. But such good memories. I actually went back and took a piece of it after it was burned down. Still have my old locker key too.

  3. 5 Anna March 5, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    i also meant to say, let’s go rollerskating sometime!

  4. 6 Jim Howard May 12, 2009 at 2:06 am

    OMG….. I use to live at the Rollerdome every Friday and saturday night. I was Sooooooo hoping they were going to rebuild after it burnt down. I`m 44 and I still skate, Only now with my kids. We skate for Riverside`s speed team now but I sure do miss the Rollerdome.

  5. 7 Lorel Gerych June 14, 2010 at 2:15 am

    The Rollerdrome was our home away from home, from the time we were on skates @ 2 yrs old. Our grandmother, Clarece Martin-Gerych gave lessons growing up at the Rollerdrome. A lot of memories of some of the best times & friends of my life began there. I hope that the kids who were responsible were caught. I can’t find any pics or articles through google about the fire. I started skating at Riverside with a bunch of Rollerdrome people last Thursday. It was great, even when I fell on the carpet. Hahaha. We go every week now. Building new memories.


  1. 1 Daren Zenner Trackback on March 13, 2015 at 9:10 pm

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