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January 17th, 2004, 08:43 PM
Ice Skating in New York City (http://wirednewyork.com/guide/ice-skating/)

Lasker Rink and Pool
Central Park between 106th and 108th Streets
For information on hours and admission fees call 212-534-7639
Admission $4.50, skate rental $4.37, locker rental $6.53 ($4 refundable on lock return)

Wollman Rink
Central Park between 62nd and 63rd Streets
Skate Rental and Lockers available
For information on hours and admission fees call 212-439-6900
Admission $11, skate rental $4.75, locker rental $10 ($6.75 refundable on lock return)

The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center
For information on hours and admission fees call 212-332-7654
Admission $8.50 (weekdays), $11 (weekends), skate rental $6

Young skaters at Lasker Rink in Central Park (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/central_park/).

http://wirednewyork.com/parks/central_park/images/lasker_rink_17jan04.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/central_park/)

January 18th, 2004, 06:13 AM
nice pic

March 16th, 2004, 05:23 AM
are the rinks still open?

March 16th, 2004, 09:39 AM
They were on Sunday, I saw people skating.

December 22nd, 2004, 09:25 PM
Ice skating (http://wirednewyork.com/guide/ice-skating/) at Rockefeller Center rink. December 2004.

http://wirednewyork.com/manhattan/rockefeller_center/rockefeller_skating.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/manhattan/rockefeller_center/)

December 22nd, 2004, 10:15 PM
I just added Ice Skating in New York City (http://wirednewyork.com/guide/ice-skating/) page.

December 22nd, 2004, 11:55 PM
Accident claims putting skating rinks on thin ice

New York 1

December 22, 2004, 10:01 PM EST

The city's skating rinks are pockmarked and rife with speed demons -- or else dozens of claimants have ventured onto thin ice.

According to nearly $100 million in accident claims brought against the city by 27 people since 1998, the Wollman Rink in Central Park and three other privately operated venues are poorly maintained and overcrowded, leading to "horrendous" injuries among skaters.

Among the larger claims:

$10 million sought by a Brooklyn mother of six who says a bumpy surface near the exit of the Kate Wollman Rink in Prospect Park on Feb. 17 caused her to trip, breaking a leg.

A $10-million claim by Kenneth Rubenstein, an Upper East Side man, who says he fell "violently" to the ground at Wollman Rink in Central Park on Jan. 3 because of "overly crowded and otherwise dangerous and unsafe conditions."

Rubenstein could not be reached yesterday, but city officials said his claim had progressed to a lawsuit.

A $2-million claim by a Staten Island man who says poorly maintained lace-up skates and crowding at the Kate Wollman Rink led to a Dec. 1, 2002, fall in which he broke his right leg, requiring surgery. Joseph Miley Jr. could not be reached yesterday, but his attorney, Christopher J. Robles, said Miley was out of his job at a cable installation company for more than a year. The action is pending.

The Brooklyn mother, Sarah Kassai, 42, said yesterday that she had taken her daughter Michelle, 5, to Propspect Park to introduce her to skating, but that she fell as she exited the rink.

"Now I have a metal rod with four screws in my leg," Kassai said yesterday from her Midwood home. "I'm a young mother and there isn't a day goes by that I'm not in agony." The claim remains outstanding.

The city has paid out virtually nothing in response to the claims, which were made public this week by City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. That's because most are taken over by insurers representing rink concessionaires like the Trump Organization, which operates Wollman and Lasker rinks in Central Park.

The claims cited by the comptroller's office concerned the two Wollman rinks, Lasker and the World's Fair Ice Skating Rink in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Because those claims -- some of which become suits, others of which are settled -- are typically not made public and because the injured have up to three years to file against private operators, the $100 million, city officials say, "is probably just the tip of the iceberg."

"We review and investigate any of these claims as they are filed. In many cases, we then forward the claims to the vendor's insurer and, in others, the claims are withdrawn," said Jeff Simmons, a spokesman for the comptroller's office.

There's probably an ice skating-related suit filed against the city every week, said another city worker, who compared their prevalence to the "slip-and-fall" sidewalk injury action the city has tried to squelch through tort reform.

The city's commissioner for Parks and Recreation, which "concessions out" the rinks, says ice skating is a potentially dangerous activity, and people need to accept blame for some of their own accidents.

"I think it's a shame that people go out to participate in a sport that has some inherent risks and don't take some responsibility for their own slips and falls," said Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who was not commenting on any of the specific claims.

"The rinks are absolutely safe, and if they weren't, people wouldn't be going there in record numbers. If there were unlimited lawsuits and a lot of large settlements and awards, you might ultimately have to say, 'Who needs this? Let's close the rink down.'"

At the Wollman Rink in Central Park, crowds regularly have been running to near 1,500-person capacity this season -- but that generally makes it safer for skaters, since people can't skate as fast, said manager Barry Weisselberg.

Wollman, which like Lasker at the northern tip of the park is operated by the Trump Organization, has signs posted at the entranceway and on the patio reminding skaters they take to the rink at their own risk. A loudspeaker reminds them of safety rules every 90 minutes or so during resurfacings. And skate guards at edges of the teardrop-shaped rink are increased during peak hours.

Yesterday, some skaters at the rink said they thought conditions could use some improvement.

"There were a lot of little people falling down," said Caren Epstein, 19, a Columbia University student who visited with boyfriend Jesse Browner. "It's easy to run over fingers."

Battery Park couple Ricardo Pignatari, 30, and wife Juliana Roccha, 25, said they were surprised beginning skaters were allowed in without helmets.

"I saw a girl fall by the wall," Pignatari said. "She fell and almost hit her head. People who have no experience are mingling with the others without any protection at all."

Tourist Mia Klitgaard, meanwhile, on site with children Benedikte, 6, and Zakarias, 2, said conditions seemed safe to her.

"I can't see any problems," she said. "Everybody's going the same way, and that's a good thing."

NyC MaNiAc
December 31st, 2004, 06:20 PM
I've never ice skated at Rockefeller Center.

Would you say it's a very touristy thing to do, or do some of you fellow New Yorkers participate in ice skating there?

TLOZ Link5
December 31st, 2004, 06:26 PM

December 31st, 2004, 07:00 PM
How about at Wollman TLOZ?

TLOZ Link5
January 2nd, 2005, 02:54 PM
How about at Wollman TLOZ?

Maybe a bit less touristy.

January 2nd, 2005, 10:41 PM
Well, where do NY'ers ice skate then?

January 3rd, 2005, 12:23 AM
Wollman Rink in Central Park is the best option.

January 16th, 2005, 11:38 PM
Ice skating (http://wirednewyork.com/guide/ice-skating/) at Lasker Rink in Central Park. January 2005.

http://wirednewyork.com/images/skating/lasker_rink.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/guide/ice-skating/)

January 17th, 2005, 01:02 PM
Nice, it's always entertaining to watch little kids play hockey.

Edward, you post a photo from Lasker Rink every Jan. 17? ;)

January 18th, 2005, 12:45 AM

January 23rd, 2005, 12:00 AM
Edward, you post a photo from Lasker Rink every Jan. 17? ;)
I should start being more spontaneous :lol:

January 23rd, 2005, 12:02 AM
Ice skating (http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/iceskating) at Rockefeller Center rink. 22 January 2005.

http://wirednewyork.com/images/skating/skating_rink_rockefeller.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/manhattan/rockefeller_center/)

November 20th, 2005, 10:39 PM
Bryant Park - Ice Skating (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/bryant_park/ice-skating/). 20 November 2005.

http://wirednewyork.com/images/parks/bryant-park/bryant_park_ice_skating1.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/bryant_park/ice-skating/)

http://wirednewyork.com/images/parks/bryant-park/bryant_park_ice_skating2.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/bryant_park/ice-skating/)

http://wirednewyork.com/images/parks/bryant-park/bryant_park_ice_skating3.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/bryant_park/ice-skating/)

http://wirednewyork.com/images/parks/bryant-park/bryant_park_ice_skating4.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/bryant_park/ice-skating/)

http://wirednewyork.com/images/parks/bryant-park/bryant_park_ice_skating5.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/bryant_park/ice-skating/)

http://wirednewyork.com/images/parks/bryant-park/bryant_park_ice_skating6.jpg (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/bryant_park/ice-skating/)

November 14th, 2006, 05:21 PM
The Pond at Bryant Park

October 27, 2006 – January 15, 2007

The Pond returns as the centerpiece of Fêtes de Noël, which also includes the fifth annual Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. The 170' x 100' rink features free admission ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating lessons, skating shows, special events and activities.
Skaters of all levels are welcome. Whether you are looking to skate before going to the office, through the lunch hour, with friends at a party, with a date, or for a spin under the stars at a holiday party, The Pond at Bryant Park, presented by Citi, is a perfect destination.

Public skating hours:

Sunday–Thursday 8:00am–10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 8:00am–Midnight
All hours weather permitting.


Admission to skate:

Skate rentals


Lock purchase

Bag check

January 18th, 2007, 11:23 AM
Where are the best places to ice skate in New York City?

January 18th, 2007, 11:28 AM
Bryant Park

January 18th, 2007, 05:44 PM
Didn't I hear somewhere that the Bryant Park Ice Rink is closing?

January 19th, 2007, 01:42 PM
Yes, it's ended to make way for Fashion Week.


Try the Wollman rink in Central Park.


January 19th, 2007, 01:52 PM
I saw all the stuff on the sidewalks out there and I was wondering what was going on, then I looked at the park and saw it was coming down.

Kind of a shame, really. Fashion week bites.

January 20th, 2007, 12:21 AM
Where are the best places to ice skate in New York City?

I live in a neighboring town from you and have skated in the Manhattan rinks. The novelty of skating in NYC wears off quickly; ultimately, the best iceskating experience is right in our own backyard, at Iceland in New Hyde Park:


January 21st, 2007, 05:21 PM
thanks all

Wollman's Finest
March 23rd, 2007, 03:18 PM
If you are in the city then Wollman rink is your best bet. It tends to be a bit crowded but is the end of the season so it should be fine. If you dont like crowded then riverbank state park is the place to go. One thing its only open to the public fri-sun. The rinks are about to close for the season with the only option for skating being chelsea piers for the spring and summer, A sad time for us skaters but we will be skating at sky rink on saturdays in the summer.Wow just saw the time stamp on this thread!!!!!!

Wollman's Finest
March 23rd, 2007, 03:27 PM
Nice pictures, second to last photo the girl with the glasses is my cousin. LOL.
With fashion week moving from bryant park next season the word is that the pond will be running all season. ( as per pond management this season). I say lets just hope for the best.

October 31st, 2007, 02:38 PM
The Pond at Bryant Park

Open: 26 October 2007 to 15 January 2008
Location: Bryant Park (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/bryant_park/)
Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 8am to midnight
Admission to skate: free
Skate rentals $10, lockers free, locks $10, bag check $7
On Wired New York: Ice Skating in Bryant Park (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/bryant_park/ice-skating/)
Website: http://www.thepondatbryantpark.com/

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Open: 20 October 2007 to first week of April 2008
Location: Central Park between 62nd and 63rd Streets
Admission $9.50 on weekdays, $12 Friday to Sunday, skate rental $5, locker rental $10 ($6.25 refundable on lock return)
For more information call 212-439-6900
On Wired New York: Wollman Rink (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/central_park/wollman_rink.htm)
Website: http://www.wollmanskatingrink.com/

The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center

Open: 6 October 2007 to ?
Location: Rockefeller Center (http://wirednewyork.com/manhattan/rockefeller_center/)
Admission: complicated system, from $10 to $17.5
For information on hours and admission fees call 212-332-7654
Website: http://rapatina.com/iceRink/

Lasker Rink and Pool

Open: October ? to April 2008?
Location: Central Park between 106th and 108th Streets
Admission $4.50, skate rental $4.75, locker rental $6.75 ($4 refundable on lock return)
For information on hours and admission fees call 212-534-7639
Website: wollmanskatingrink.com (http://www.wollmanskatingrink.com/main_lasker.htm)

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, Hudson River and 17th St, 212-336-6100
Admission $13.50, skate rental $6.25
Website: ChelseaPiers.com (http://www.chelseapiers.com/sr01.htm)

Riverbank Ice Skating Rink
Open November to January
Location: Hudson River at 145th Street
Admission $4.50, skate rentals $3.50
Website: Riverbank State Park (http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=75)

Wollman Rink in Prospect Park

Open: 22 November 2007 to 9 March 2008
Location: Parkside Avenue/Ocean Avenue entrance of the Prospect Park, in Brooklyn
Admission $5, skate rental $5
Rink hours and weather: 718-287-6431
Website: ProspectPark.org (http://www.prospectpark.org/acti/main.cfm?target=ice)

Abe Stark Rink

Open from 6 October 2007 to 6 April 2008 on weekends only
Location: Coney Island Boardwalk and West 19th Street, Brooklyn
Hours: Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Sundays from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Admission $8.00, skate rental $4.50
Information: 718-946-6536
Website: nycgovparks.org (http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/facilities/skating_rink_detail/abe_stark_rink.html)

Worlds Fair Ice Skating Rink

Open from 6 October 2007 to 6 April 2008
Location: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Admission $8.00, skate rental $4.50
Rink information: 718-271-1996
Website: nycgovparks.org (http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/facilities/skating_rink_detail/worlds_fair_rink.html)

November 2nd, 2007, 02:45 PM
i looked at the title of this thread and assume skate - boarding ... oh well i should have realized its that time of year so ICE SKATING!~

November 12th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Edward, thank you for your comprehensive listing. We like to go up to Lasker, but it can be a bit of a hike.

I didn't realize that the rink at Bryant Park was free all year. Didn't it use to be free only early and late in the season?

November 12th, 2007, 09:56 PM
No, it's free all season, you just have to pay for skate rental.

October 24th, 2008, 04:02 AM
October 13, 2008

It's Skating Time!

Photograph of skaters at Rockefeller Center's rink by Kuniochi 女 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuniochi/2085144903/).

Over the weekend the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink (http://www.rapatina.com/iceRink/) opened up, the first to open in the city for the season. You know what that means, the tree will soon be following (on November 9th) along with the pressure to buy gifts during this time of economic downturn. But let's get back to the skating...here's a guide to the other rinks in the city, soon to open.

Bryant Park: their pond opens up on October 24th (http://www.bryantpark.org/amenities/thepond.php), and as always, admission is free.
Prospect Park: Wollman Rink is currently scheduled to open on November 19th (http://www.prospectpark.org/visit/places/wollman_rink), though the date is tentative. Admission is $3-5.
Central Park: Manhattan's Wollman Rink will open on October 20th (http://www.wollmanskatingrink.com/main_wollman.htm), with rates ranging from $4.75 to $14.
Central Park: Another rink in the park is Lasker Rink, located mid-park between 106th and 108th Streets. This opens up on October 25th (http://www.wollmanskatingrink.com/main_lasker.htm), and rates are $2.25 to $4.50.
Riverbank Ice Skating Rink: Located on the Hudson River at 145th Street, Riverbank (which is covered) opens in November (http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=75). Rates are $3-5.
And there's always the Sky Rink in Chelsea Piers (http://www.chelseapiers.com/sr01.htm), which recently collapsed (http://gothamist.com/2008/08/28/did_sky_rink_pier_collapse.php)! They're offering a Columbus Day special today, with $10 admission and free skate rentals. Get your routines ready (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqFzxBfCIqc)!


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September 20th, 2009, 11:41 PM
Beautiful pics!!! :D Here's a really cute video from the rink at Chelsea Piers:


September 14th, 2010, 03:07 PM
Battery Park City ice skating rink
in doubt for this year

Previous management company withdrew and
BPCA is now seeking a replacement

Last week's meeting of Community Board 1's Battery Park City Committee included a discussion about the uncertain future of outdoor ice skating in Battery Park City this winter. The seasonal rink, which debuted to great fanfare after Thanksgiving, 2009, was operated last year by Rink Management Services (RMS), a company that operates skating facilities nationwide. Although Lower Manhattan residents quickly fell in love with the temporary facility, which was installed on the neighborhood's ball fields during months when they are not in use, RMS was disappointed in the rink's financial performance. A spokesman for RMS did not return calls requesting comment, but a source within the company said they were especially disappointed when construction debris from a nearby condominium tower blew onto the rink in January of this year, forcing its temporary closure. This source said that RMS was considering legal action against the developer of the condominium, and added that the incident was a factor in the company's decision to walk away from the project.

At the Battery Park City Committee meeting last Tuesday, Sidney Druckman, a vice president of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), explained that the BPCA had issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) from possible vendors shortly after learning that RMS would not be returning. Also in attendance were representatives of the Ice Theatre of New York, a local not-for-profit that hopes to partner with whatever vendor eventually manages the facility to offer skating clinics for Downtown public school students.

"Right now, everything is up in the air," Linda Belfer, chair of the Battery Park City Committee, said afterward. "The Authority clearly issued the RFP because they hope to have another manager in there this winter, and open the rink again. But whether they will be able to do that is not clear."

She added that, "The Battery Park City Committee made clear that we want the Authority to include us in the decision-making about which vendor eventually operates the rink, and what kind of programming they offer." She cited the collaboration between the BPCA and Community Board 1 on selecting Asphalt Green as the eventual operator of the planned community center as a model for choosing a new ice rink manager. "The way the Authority and the State Department of Transportation have worked with us on the Route 9A project is another success story," she said. "That's how this should be handled."

While Ms. Druckman did not commit the Authority to this level of collaboration, neither did she rule it out. "They now know how we feel about this," was how Ms. Belfer summed up the meeting.

- Matthew Fenton

December 24th, 2010, 11:59 PM
Ice Skating In New York City

by by Grace Green

New York City offers a variety of ice skating options that cater to both the seasonal and the more experienced skater. There are rinks that serve alcoholic beverages (great for lessening the pain from inevitable falls on the ice) and rinks with unusual locations and views (the downtown W hotel).



Trump Wollman Rink (http://wollmanskatingrink.com/main_wollman.htm)
Where: Central Park South at 59th Street and 6th Avenue; (212) 439-6900
Hours: Mon-Tues (10am-2:30pm), Weds-Thurs (10am-10pm), Fri-Sat (10am-11pm), Sun (10am-9pm)
Price: $5-$15, skate rental $6.25

Ice skating in Central Park is surreal in an old-fashioned New York kind of way. Surrounded by beautiful trees, the rink might cost more than some of the others but the setting truly can't be beat. It costs $5 simply for spectators and it is cash only.

The Pond At Bryant Park (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/20/thepondatbryantpark.com)
Where: Sixth Ave between 40th and 42nd Streets; (212) 661-6640,
Hours: 8am to Midnight
Price: Free, skate rental: $13, locker rental: $9

The only free rink in Manhattan, expect long lines, especially during peak times. Before you get in line, grab some popcorn or baklava from the holiday market to help lift your spirits. If you're not in the mood to skate, near the rink there is also a Canadian-themed bar Celsius that offers a view of the rink.


The Standard (http://www.standardhotels.com/new-york-city/)
Where: The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street, New York; (212) 645-4646
Hours: Mon-Weds (11am-11pm), Thurs-Fri (11a-Midnight), Sat (10am-Midnight), Sun (10am-11pm)
Price: $12 plus $3 for skate rental

Trade in your high heels for skates in the Meatpacking at this cute pop-up rink. The Standard's 3,000-square-foot rink is in the front plaza next to a small cabin where you can rent skates. There is also a small stand offering coffee and snacks including a grilled cheese with tomato soup and the option to spike any beverage with bourbon, brandy or dark rum.

The W Hotel Downtown (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3154)
Where: The W Downtown
Hours: 2pm-10pm
Price: Free, $12 for skate rental

Check out views of lower Manhattan on the W's new fifth floor ice rink. The small rink (about 400-square-feet) has special drinks courtesy of house mixologist Charlotte Voissey including a particularly deadly vodka-tequila Hot Chocolate Martini.


The Ice Rink At Rockefeller Center (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/20/www.therinkatrockcenter.com)
Where:30 Rockefeller Plaza between 49th and 50th Streets; (212)332-7654
Hours: 8:30am to Midnight
Price: $9.50-$19, skate rental $9

Still going strong after 74 seasons, the Rockefeller Plaza rink is consistently packed. The best times to get on the ice are early in the morning or late at night.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (http://chelseapiers.com/)
Where: Chelsea Piers (Pier 61), W 23rd Street at Hudson River; (212 336-6100
Price: $10.50-$13, skate rental $7.50.

This huge athletic center offers ice-skating all year round. The hours are limited (because of hockey practices and skating lessons) but during the holiday season they are extended. The best part about skating at Chelsea Piers is the super high-quality ice and the slightly less manic environment.


Trump Lasker Skating Rink (http://wollmanskatingrink.com/main_lasker.htm)
Where: Central Park at 110th Street and Lennox Avenue; (917) 492-3856
Hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs (10am-3:45pm), Tues (10am-3:30pm, 8pm-10pm), Fri (10am-5:15pm, 7pm-10pm), Sat (1pm-11pm), Sun (12:30pm-4:30pm)
Price: $2.25-$6, skate rental $5.25.

If you're looking to skate in Central Park but aren't as concerned about the exact location, the Lasker rink is a smaller and less crowded option. Be sure to check the hours for public skating, hockey practices and games occur regularly at the rink.


Abe Stark Rink (http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/iceskating/1)
Where: Surf Avenue at 19th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn; (718) 946-6536
Hours: Sat-Sun (1pm-4pm)
Price: $8, skate rental $5

Brooklyn has limited options for ice skating this year (Prospect Park's rink is closed) but if you're determined to stay in the borough, head out to Coney Island to what was once the Ravenhall Baths. The hours are very limited so be prepared to hit the ice right at 1pm.

Aviator Sports & Recreation Facility (http://www.aviatorsports.com/public-skating/)
Where: Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
Hours: Mon (11am-3:50pm), Tues, Thurs (11am-4:20pm), Weds (11am-4:10pm), Friday (11am-4:20pm, 7pm-11:00pm), Sat (1:30pm-6:30pm, 7pm-11pm), Sun (Noon-6pm)
Price: $8, skate rental $5

Get away from all the hustle and bustle of holiday skaters and really enjoy the crisp ice of New York City's only twin NHL-size rinks.