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July 2017 Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

Summer Is Here Summer is really here now. We are well into our skating season — almost half way. As in every year, we have had our share of rain, cold and heat. We persisted, we rode out the storm under our blue tarps and some danced in the rain. Sometimes the rain didn’t stop […]

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June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter

CPDSA 2017 Season The new season has begun and Central Park has come alive. Each year the pink and white Cherry blossoms tell us when it is time to begin the Skate Circle. Then, over the course of a few weeks, the trees set tiny green buds and then finally, true leaves. Each tree has […]

September 2016 Newsletter

September 2016 Newsletter

The Long Hot Summer August was rough. We were expecting a great month; our permits granted us most Saturdays and Sundays in July and August. We were supposed to be in the Park from the last week in July until the last Saturday in August when the Central Park Film Festival kept us from skating. […]

July 2016 Newsletter

July 2016 Newsletter

The CPDSA at 21 The CPDSA and the USA share the 4th of July as a symbol of independence and freedom. For us, the 4th was the first trial day when we were allowed to play music for our skaters in the park after three months of being silenced by Mayor Guiliani. Negotiating an agreement with […]

May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016 Newsletter

The Skate Circle Every spring, the Skate Circle returns to Central Park. We skaters do not abandon the park in the winter, though; some years a small group continues skating year round. Still, some New York winters can be extremely harsh, with frigid temperatures and a great deal of snow, so that we must forgo […]

September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter

Our 21st Season This has been an eventful and historic year for the CPDSA. We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of our group and we are mourning the loss of Lezly Ziering — the Skate Guru — beloved teacher and founder of the CPDSA. Life can be like that, good and bad […]

Aug. 2015 Special Edition: Skate Guru Lezly Ziering

Aug. 2015 Special Edition: Skate Guru Lezly Ziering

Lezly, Oh What a life! Adapted from a biographical sketch written by Lezly in the early 1990s The Central Park Dance Skaters mourn the loss of our friend, long term president and Skate Guru, Lezly Ziering. His career as a professional dancer took him around the world, onto Broadway and into the movies. At the […]

July 2015 Newsletter

July 2015 Newsletter

Happy 20th Birthday, CPDSA! On the Fourth of July this year, the Central Park Dance Skaters celebrated its 20th anniversary of hosting the Skate Circle in Central Park. In 1995, the newly elected Guiliani administration enacted a ban on amplified sound in public without a police permit. At the same time, the number of people […]

June 2015 Newsletter

June 2015 Newsletter

CPDSA 20th Anniversary Season This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CPDSA. Of course, skating in our general area of the park has been going on for more than a century. Ice skating on the Rowboat lake, is documented in photographs from the 1880s. We have photographs of skaters in the Park in […]

October 2014 Newsletter

Special Thanks It may sound strange to those of you who have always thought of the Central Park Conservancy as an adversary or antagonist of the CPDSA, but the truth is that we have always had some good friends there. Our friendship—like all the good ones—is based on trust and mutual respect. This month marks […]

July 2014 Newsletter

July 2014 Newsletter

Happy Birthday CPDSA The weather this summer has been a bit cooler than usual, maybe the Polar Vortex is hanging on to whatever power it still has left. A relatively cool dry summer would be a gift to the Skate Circle, much better than some of the oppressively hot and humid years we have endured. […]

June 2014 Newsletter

June 2014 Newsletter

Our 20th Season? The CPDSA began it’s 20th season this year, which should be cause for celebration among the skaters who practice their art at the Skate Circle. We have survived, thrived, and continued a long tradition of skating in Central Park. Skaters have inhabited this corner of the Park in many guises for more […]