1950: Lois Jackson of Mamaroneck, New York goes out on an ice-skating date with her boyfriend Roger Bowman. (Getty)

Not only is it decorative gourd season, it’s Ice Skating season, m*ther*fuckers! It's that time of year when certain sections of the city freeze over and create a slick surface for sharp blades. Here’s a list of places you can go to get in on the icey action, which starts tomorrow with the opening of Rock Center's famous rink.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Opens: October 12, 2013

This was the rink getting ready earlier this week. (Gothamist)

This main attractions is open daily for eight 90-minute skate sessions starting at 8:30 a.m., with the last session at 10:30 p.m. Adult admission is $27 per session, but kids under 11 and seniors can get in for just $15. Skate rental will set you back $12. If you are cheap, organized, and have at least 14 friends, you can make a group reservation and skate for just $15, with the skate rental only costing you $8. The rink also offers special skating experiences like SKYSKATE 2014 and Breakfast with Santa, which will the rink claims will have “everyone dreaming of a white Christmas.” Pricing and reservation information for these experiences (and many others) is available on the rink’s website.

Winter Village at Bryant Park
Opens: November 1st
On top of where the Croton Reservoir used to stand, this rink opens daily for free skating from 8 a.m. to until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Skate rentals are $15, up $1 from 2012. If waiting is not your thing, VIP treatment is available starting at just $25, and it will allow you to cut long lines. In addition to the park’s year-round food offerings, rinkside restaurant Celsius is open for lunch, dinner, and drinks the entire skating season, from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and noon to 12 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Not a skater? Check out the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park while your friends circle aimlessly in their razor-bottomed boots.

Van Cortlandt Park Ice Skating Rink
Opens: November 4th, 2013


The rink is open for public skating on Monday through Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. Weekday admission is $5, and weekend admission is $8. Skate rental is available for $5, and, please, wear socks. Locker rentals are available for 75 cents. The rink also offers private lessons, skating school, hockey prep, and birthday party packages.

Chelsea Piers Sky Rink
The Sky Rink, a twin rink facility, is open year-round on Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers. General skating is just $10 for skaters of all ages, skate rental is $5, and helmet rental is $4.25. Check the website for detailed schedule information (PDF).

The Wollman/Trump Rink
Skating starts at 10 a.m. daily at this legendary Central Park rink, with closing hours varying. Monday through Thursday, adults can skate for $11.25, older adults for $5, and kids under 11 for $6. On Fridays and Holiday weekends, the price jumps to $18 for adults and $9 for seniors. Skate rentals are $8. We don’t recommending showing up unless you plan on participating, as there is a $5 fee just watch. The rink is scheduled to open in late October, check the website for updates on the exact date.

Lasker/Trump Ice Skating Rink
If you’d like to skate in Central Park for a little less, cheaper skating is available farther northwest at the Lasker/Trump Ice Skating Rink. Located at 110th street and Lenox Avenue, the rink opens at 10 a.m. on most days for public skating. Adult admission is just $7.50, kids get in for $4, and seniors pay $2.25. The spectator fee still applies, and is the same as the cost of admission. Skate rental is $6.50. For more information and hours, check the website.

The Rink at Brookfield Place
Opens: mid November
This rink will bring skating to Lower Manhattan—located in Battery Park City, the brand new outdoor rink boasts a “sweeping view of the Hudson” and a 7,350 square feet skating surface, large enough to accommodate up to 250 skaters at once. According to its website, the rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., from mid-November to mid-March. Skating will $12.50 per session, and skate rentals will cost $5. Hungry skaters can grab a bite to eat from nearby eatery P.J. Clarke’s, which is also The Rink’s official entertainment partner for holiday and social events. More details to come.

Coming soon...


  • The Ice Skating Rink at The Standard, High Line assures us they will be back sometime later this fall.
  • As part of its $74 million Lakeside Development, Prospect Park will open a new ice skating rink sometime in December. No details about pricing or hours are available at this time. The new rink replaces the Wollman Rink, which closed in 2010.
  • McCarren Park Pool is also supposed to freeze over, sometime later this fall.

As for those DIY rinks (aka frozen bodies of water) the Parks Department lists the following as important safety guidelines for ice skaters: "Never go on frozen waters (unless clearly marked otherwise with official signs). Parents and caregivers should make sure children are never unattended near ice. If you hear cracking, lie down immediately to try to distribute your weight. If you witness someone falling through ice, never attempt to make a rescue by yourself. Call 911 and notify the proper authorities. Be sure to give the exact location and an account of the incident." Skate safe out there!