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Ice Skating in New York City

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Ice Skating in New York City

Hello, I will be visiting NYC in November 2014 and am wanting to experience ice skating at an outdoor rink e.g. surrounded by trees etc Can anyone suggest which rink would be best for this?

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No trees, but the Rockefeller Center rink is a classic: www.patinagroup.com/restaurant.php…

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The other skating rink in Central Park is the Lasker Rink, all the way up at the north end of the park:


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We like the Rockefeller Center rink.


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Wollman Rink and Bryant Park are probably the best for trees and most convenient if you're staying in midtown or below. The difference is Wollman is in a bigger park with more trees and you can see the skyscrapers beyond (especially cool at night) which are rather far away compared to Bryant Park. Bryant Park is smaller (2 city blocks high x 1city block wide) so the rink is smaller, the trees are closer, and the buildings are right across the street. Depends what you're looking for.

There's a new rink in Prospect Park (Brooklyn) that I haven't tried yet but I would imagine there are trees but not as many tall buildings. To me, the buildings rising above the trees are what make it special.

Wollman is usually less crowded at night than Bryant Park, but it isn't open every night.

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The Standard Hotel also sets up a rink but it is very small.

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I started a blog last year to reviewing the various NYC ice rinks. My favorite is Bryant Park, provided you go earlier in the day before it gets too crowded. Another tip: if it's cold, the rink will be less busy and once you gst started skating, you will warm up and not notice the temperature. It's in a park so there are trees around but it's also in the heart of Manhattan so when you look up there are high-rises all around you. It's a remarkable and unique view. Here is a panoramic photo I took a few years ago. You can see some high-rises and the back of the NY Public Library on the right. http://s28.postimg.org/75eb62k19/photo_6.jpg

One more thing about Bryant Park: they play classic, American Songbook songs and standards, and occasionally pop music. The other places, like Trump/Wollman and Lasker play thumping pop music all the time.

You mentioned visiting in November. By then, Rockefeller (very pricey) will be open (opens Oct. 11), as well Trump/Wollman (approx Oct. 20), Bryant Park (Oct. 21) and Lasker (late Oct.). Here is a complete list of NYC ice rink opening dates for the 2014-15 season. …blogspot.com/2014/09/new-york-city-ice-rink…

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I have some updates after calling the various rinks:

Wollman Rink (south end of Central Park): opening Friday, Oct. 24

LeFrak Center (Prospect Park): opening Saturday, Oct. 25

Lasker Rink (north end of Central Park): opening Monday, Oct. 27

And Bryant Park did indeed open Oct. 21 as scheduled.

I'll keep updating here: …blogspot.com/2014/09/new-york-city-ice-rink… as I get more information.

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