The ice rink at Rockefeller Center opened yesterday, even though the weather was more 4th of July than 6th of October. The temperature reached 83 degrees in Central Park yesterday and we imagine it was even a few degrees hotter in midtown. Nonetheless, the seasonal mainstay that is up there with elaborate window displays in recognizability opened despite the heat. The Daily News features a cute article that visits both the rink and the beach at Coney Island on the same afternoon. Rink guard Manny Bedigan could have been a life guard, as he joked that he brought a swim suit to work with him just in case. 10-year-old Victoria Vortman was already nostalgic for summer vacation as she ran through the surf at Coney Island. "It feels like summer - I don't want to go to school."

The rink at Rockefeller Center is open from October to April every year and draws about 250,000 visitors annually. It's been open since 1936.

Rockefeller Ice Rink, by zizzybaloobah and Coney Island beach, by Annabel Leigh at flickr