We've talked this one to death, so we'll refer to Curbed for some commentary:
The Empire Skating Rink, the last wooden floor rink in the city, shut its doors for good on Friday. The rink had been open since 1941, and was the pioneer of the roller disco craze in the 70's. For customers like Darryl Tyler, the Empire was more than just a skating rink, saying, “I would be in jail if it weren’t for this place.” The building was sold for $4.5 million and will become a storage facility. [Last Lace Up/Jennifer Bleyer]
By the way - if the PLG community wants to stop Empire Blvd. from becoming storage facility alley, there's really only one viable method of action: attack the zoning. We're no experts on NYC zoning codes, but we're told that the stretch of Empire occupied by the roller rink, etc, has the luxury of the most permissive commercial zoning possible. Developers can basically build anything they want.