If it's not cold enough for you outside, why not hit the ice? While the failed Polar Rink is closed after one year in business, all the usual suspects are open for skating season. Here's a roundup (please note that Wollman Rink is now charging a spectator fee! Egregious!):
- The Pond at Bryant Park is open through January 24th, weekdays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to midnight. Admission and lockers are free, skate rentals are $12. And their Celsius lounge is open til closing each day.
- The Wollman Rink in Central Park is owned by Trump, so it's gonna cost ya. Monday through Thursday rates are $10.25 for adults and $5.50 for kids (on weekends it's $14.75 and $5.75). Skate rentals aren't included, and cost $6.25. A lock costs $4.50. And if you're a spectator that will cost ya too! 5 bucks. (There's also Lasker Rink, which has no spectator fee.)
- The Rink at Rockefeller Center is $19 for adults, $12.50 for kids (they also offer lessons for $30+). Their hours vary so check the website before heading over there.
- Prospect Park's Wollman Rink is open through March 14th. It costs $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Check out their hours here.
- Over in Queens there's the City Ice Pavilion. They have a more limited public skate schedule. Monday through Thursday you can take to the ice from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m.; Friday from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 8:20 p.m.; Saturday from 12 to 3:50 p.m. and again from 7 to 9:50 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 2:20 p.m. Phew! Those are some crazy hours.
Where's your favorite place to skate in the city?