How New Yorkers Do Ice Skating

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2/01/19

The winter olympics may have been a year ago but we’re still intent on perfecting our triple axels with any opportunity that spins our way! Lucky for all NYC hosts a number of rinks all throughout the city that cater to our icy obsession. Here’s How New Yorkers Do Ice Skating.

A New Yorker’s NYC Ice Skating Guide

Bryant Park

NYC ice skating ice rink

At the NYC ice rink at Bryant Park. Image by @rachella51   via Instagram.

Less than a 15 minute walk from the Roger Smith, Bryant Park’s personal skating rink offers dozens of things to do alongside skating. The Winter Village is littered with food stalls and pop-up gift shops, sure to keep you entertained when you earn your well-deserved break. The rink is free of charge (skates can be hired for $20 or byo).

Open 8am to 10pm.

The Ice Rink at Bryant Park: Bryant Park, New York.

Rockefeller Center

Overlooking the Rockefeller Center ice rink in NYC. Image by @rockcenterrink via Instagram.

Overlooking the Rockefeller Center ice rink in NYC. Image by @rockcenterrink via Instagram.

The rink at Rockefeller Center is one of the most celebrated and best-attended in the city – so we definitely recommend getting there early to minimize queuing time (only 150 skaters are permitted on at ay one time). Booking a VIP skate reservation via the website will guarantee a skip of the queue and a spin round the rink.

Open 8:30am to Midnight.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center: 600 5th Ave, New York.

Chelsea Piers

Showing skills at the Chelsea Piers ice rink in NYC. Image by @chelseapiersnyc via Instagram.

Showing skills at the Chelsea Piers ice rink in NYC. Image by @chelseapiersnyc via Instagram.

Don’t let a polar vortex stop you from enjoying yourself this winter! The rink at Chelsea Piers has the best form of protection during a wild wintery New York day: a roof. The indoor rink is open year round and hosts a number of icy hobbies such as ice hockey, figure skating, and skate school.

Times vary throughout the week.

Sky Rink: 61 Chelsea Piers, 23rd St at the Hudson River.

Rink at Brookfield Place

Overlooking the Hudson at NYC’s beautiful ice skating rink at Brookfield Place. Image by @shushanikarzumanyan via Instagram.

Want to learn from the best?  Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov offer classes through Skate USA at the waterfront rink at Brookfield Place. With sweeping views over the Hudson, it’s a gorgeous spot to learn the ropes. Book in for lessons or just good old fashioned fun.

The Rink at Brookfield Place: Three World Financial Center, 230 Vesey St.

LeFrak Center Rinks

The sun setting over the pond behind Prospect Park's outdoor rink at the LeFrak Center.

The sun setting over the pond behind Prospect Park’s outdoor rink at the LeFrak Center. Image by @explorehiddennewyork via Instagram.

Yes, it’s worth the trek to Brooklyn for Prospect Park’s twin rinks at the LeFrak Center. Gliding over the ice to the backdrop of Prospect Park’s frost-tipped woodlands can only be described as something out of a Disney film (you know the one we’re talking about). With very reasonable prices, two massive rinks and fewer crowds—not to mention an entire park to explore—the LeFrak Center just might be what gets you to visit Brooklyn this winter.

Times vary throughout the week.

LeFrak Center: 171 East Dr, Brooklyn.

Wollman Rink

The crowds in a winter wonderland at Wollman rink in Central Park.

The crowds in a winter wonderland at Wollman rink in Central Park. Image by @wollmanrink via Instagram.

But you don’t have to venture all the way to Brooklyn for a spin against New York’s most dazzling backdrops. Wollman Rink at Central Park offers beautiful panoramic views of the city’s skyline all while celebrating the park’s natural snow-dipped winter coat.

Times vary throughout the week.

Wollman Rink: Central Park, 830 5th Ave.

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