Gotham Girls Roller Derby

Spectator Sport in New York City

NYC’s only all-female and skater-operated roller derby league has four borough-inspired home teams: the Bronx Gridlock, Brooklyn Bombshells, Manhattan Mayhem and Queens of Pain. These are some of the highest-level players of the sport you're likely to see: their top travel team, the All-Stars, are five-time world champions – including a recent undefeated stretch for four years running.

Games are held monthly from March through August at various locations around the city (check the website for details); they're somewhat raucous but family-friendly events, and kids are welcome. In fact, it's a great chance for young girls to see the pint-sized Gotham Girls Junior Derby skaters kick some ass in exhibition matches at half-time. Games often sell out, so buy your ticket in advance if you don't want to chance it at the door.