How New Yorkers Do Ice Skating

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1/25/18

The new film I Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney is scooping up awards left and right, capturing the rise and fall of all-American ice skating princess, Tonya Harding. The film will undoubtedly leave you itching for a spin on the ice, so follow our guide for the perfect places to practice your triple axel, right here in New York City! Here are the best places to go ice skating in NYC.

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.

Proudly dubbing itself New York City’s only ice skating rink with free admission (not including the skate rentals), Bryant Park’s skating rink is less than a 15 minute walk from the Roger Smith. The rink forms the centerpiece for the Bryant Park Winter Village, with its dozens of food and gift stalls set up before the holidays.The rink keeps the area festive through the winter, long after the holiday market closes.

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.

Skating at Rockefeller Center is one of the most celebrated winter pastimes in the city’s calendar. The rink offers plenty of space for polishing those tricks you’ve been mentally rehearsing (only 150 skaters are allowed at any one time). Tip: get there early to minimize queuing time.

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.

Shield yourself from winter weather at the indoor Sky Rink located in Chelsea Piers. Home to figure skating, ice hockey, skating school or just dizzying fun, this massive rink is open year round.

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.

If Brooklyn is a little too far for a skate among lush scenery, then Central Park has you covered. Wollman Rink provides idyllic scenes of the park’s snow-dipped greenery in addition to panoramic views of the city’s skyline.

Times vary throughout the week.

Wollman Rink: Central Park, 830 5th Ave.

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