NYC is about to turn into Skate City, y'all: the City Planning Commission voted yesterday to transform an old Bronx armory into a giant ice skating center. The news comes a few days after City Council announced a new ice rink would be built in Washington Heights.
Plans to convert the 750,000 square-foot, long-vacant Kingsbridge Armory into a massive ice palace have been in the works for a while, with supporters noting the project could generate a much needed $1.7 billion in revenue for the Bronx in the long run. The proposal requires that 51 percent of employees be Bronx residents, and community members will get free ice time.
Both both Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and the Landmarks Preservation Commission are fans of the proposal, and the City Planning Commission approved it unanimously. "Today’s unanimous vote by the City Planning Commission once again demonstrates the overwhelming and still growing support for this project in the Bronx and throughout New York City," New York Ranger captain Mark Messier, the project's current CEO, said in a statement.
Next, the future Kingsbridge National Ice Center faces a City Council vote; if the project comes into fruition, the center will boast two levels, nine rinks and a million screaming children who need help keeping their laces tied. Meanwhile, last month City Council approved plans to build a $1 million ice skating rink in Highbridge Park in Washington Heights, and Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool will finally debut its long-awaited skating rink this winter. Someone please call Emilio Estevez and Joshua Jackson, because all of our Mighty Ducks dreams are about to come true.