Life on Long Island
The Roller Rebels in action at Skate Safe America
It’s not exactly an undertaking that qualifies as typical nightlife, but then again this activity is hardly average.
Established in 2005, the ladies of the Long Island Roller Rebels (LIRR), an all-female roller derby association, continue to scrap and skate. An organization of two interleague travel teams and three home teams (that play each other in intra-league games), the league's schedule runs from February to November – and if you're curious to get a taste of what their game is all about, there’s a match tonight (May 3) taking place at Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage.
Starting at 7 p.m., the battle will pit the LIRR’s Rock-A-Betty Bruisers against the Beatdown of the Jersey Shore Roller Girls, and tickets are available at the door for $15; online sales of advance tickets for $10 at brownpapertickets.com are now over.
(Not sure what actually happens during a roller derby bout? Click here for the official rules.)
The Bruisers will follow up the evening’s scrum with an afterparty at the Main Event in Farmingdale (1815 Broad Hollow Rd., 631-522-1030), with 15% of the night’s check total to be donated to the squad for use toward league costs.
For more about the Long Island Roller Rebels, visit longislandrollerrebels.com.