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Ice Skating
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Ice Skating

The outdoor rink in Rockefeller Center, open from October through early April, is much smaller in real life than it appears on TV and in movies. It's also busy, so be prepared to wait—there are no advance ticket sales. Although it's also beautiful, especially when Rock Center's enormous Christmas tree towers above it, you pay for the privilege: rates are $15.50-$19 and skate rentals are $12.

The city's outdoor rinks, open from roughly November through March, all have their own character. Central Park's beautifully situated Wollman Rink offers skating until long after dark beneath the lights of the city. Be prepared for daytime crowds on weekends. The Lasker Rink, at the north end of Central Park, is smaller and usually less crowded than Wollman. Chelsea Piers' Sky Rink has two year-round indoor rinks overlooking the Hudson. Rentals are available at all rinks. The Pond at Bryant Park offers free skating, not including the cost of skate rental, from late October through February, from 8 am to 10 pm from Sunday through Thursday and from 8 am to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Contact Information

Bryant Park

(6th Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts., Midtown West, 10036. Tel. 212/768-4242. www.thepondatbryantpark.com. Subway: B, D, F to 42nd St.).

Lasker Rink

(Midpark near E. 106th St., Central Park, 10026. Tel. 917/492-3857. www.wollmanskatingrink.com. Subway: B, C to 103rd St.).

Rockefeller Center

(50th St. at 5th Ave., lower plaza, Midtown West, 10020. Tel. 212/332-7654. www.therinkatrockcenter.com. Subway: B, D, F to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Center; E, V to 5th Ave.-53rd St.).

Sky Rink

(Pier 61, W. 23rd St. at the Hudson River, Chelsea, 10011. Tel. 212/336-6100. www.chelseapiers.com. Subway: C, E to 23rd St.).

Wollman Rink

(North of 6th Ave. entrance, between 62nd and 63rd Sts., north of park entrance, 10025. Tel. 212/439-6900. www.wollmanskatingrink.com. Subway: A, B, C, D, 1 to 59th St./Columbus Circle).

Ice Skating Locations
1 Bryant Park
Bryant Park

New York, NY 10018

This is one of Manhattan's most popular parks—and for good reason, as it's a lovely green space nestled among landmarks and skyscrapers. Lining the perimeter of the sunny central lawn, tall London plane trees cast welcome shade over stone terraces, formal flower beds, gravel pathways, and a smattering of kiosks selling everything from sandwiches to egg creams (in season). In the afternoon the garden tables scattered about fill with lunching office workers and folk enjoying the park's free Wi-Fi (signs show you how to log on). In good weather, arrive before happy hour for a chance at snagging a couch swing at the Southwest Porch, with its cozy seating and bar serving seasonal brews. In summer you can check out free live jazz and "Broadway in Bryant Park" musical theater performances, and author readings. Most popular of all is the Summer Film Festival: locals leave work early to snag a spot on the lawn for its outdoor screenings each Monday at dusk. At the east side of the park, near a squatting bronze cast of Gertrude Stein, is the stylish Bryant Park Grill, which has a rooftop garden, and the adjacent open-air Bryant Park Café, open seasonally. On the south side of the park is an old-fashioned carousel



) where kids can ride fanciful rabbits and frogs instead of horses, and attend storytellings and magic shows. Come late October the park rolls out the artificial frozen



Nov.-Feb., Sun-Thurs. 8 am-10 pm, Fri. and Sat. 8 am-midnight

) for ice skating. Rental for skates and locker will run you $13 for skates and $9 for a lock to use with a "free" locker. Surrounding the ice rink are the Christmas market-like stalls of the

Holiday Shops


Nov.-Jan. 2

), selling handcrafted and designer goods from around the world. www.bryantpark.org. Hours: Hrs vary by month. See Web site for exact times. Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St.; 7 to 5th Ave.

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2 Chelsea Piers
Chelsea Piers

New York, NY 10011

This sports-and-entertainment complex along the Hudson River between 17th and 23rd streets (entrance on 23rd), a phenomenal example of adaptive reuse, is the size of four 80-story buildings lying flat. There's pretty much every kind of sports activity going on inside and out, from golf to ice-skating, rock climbing, soccer, bowling, gymnastics, and basketball. Plus there's a spa, elite sport-specific training, film studios, and a brewery. It's the jumping-off point for some of the city's varied water tours and dinner cruises. Trips on the river via private yacht can be arranged by Surfside 3 Marinemax Marina



). Lunch cruises, dinner cruises, and cabaret sails can be reserved on

Bateaux New York


Spirit of New York

, which both leave from

Pier 62



). Sophisticated themed cruises on the retro-designed

Schooner Adirondack

, and the

Yacht Manhattan

leave from Pier 62 through

Classic Harbor Line



). www.chelseapiers.com. Subway: C, E to 23rd St.

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3 Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center

New York, NY

If Times Square is New York's crossroads, Rockefeller Center is its communal gathering place, where the entire world converges to snap pictures, skate on the ice rink, peek in on a taping of the Today

show (or—with luck—NBC's

30 Rock

), shop, eat, and take in the monumental Art Deco structures and public sculptures from the past century. Totaling more than 75 shops and 40 eateries (1.4 million square feet in all), the complex runs from 47th to 52nd streets between 5th and 7th avenues. Special events and huge pieces of art dominate the central plazas in summer, and in December an enormous twinkling tree towers above the ice-skating rink, causing huge crowds of visitors from across the country and the globe to shuffle through with necks craned and cameras flashing.

This holiday tradition began in 1931 when workers clearing away the rubble for Rockefeller Center erected a 20-foot-tall balsam. It was two years into the Great Depression, and the 4,000 men employed at the site were grateful to finally be away from the unemployment lines. The first official tree-lighting ceremony was held in 1933. Visit www.rockefellercenter.com

for more information.

At the complex's center is the sunken Lower Plaza

, site of the world's most famous ice-skating rink October through April (it's a café in summer). Skaters swoop or stumble across the ice while crowds gather above on the Esplanade to watch the spins and spills. Hovering above, the gold-leaf statue of the fire-stealing Greek hero


—Rockefeller Center's most famous sculpture—forms the backdrop to zillions of photos. Carved into the wall behind it, a quotation from Aeschylus reads "Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends." The Lower Plaza provides access to the marble-lined corridors underneath Rockefeller Center, which house restaurants (everything from the high-end Sea Grill to pizza parlors), a post office, and clean public restrooms—a rarity in Midtown. Between 5th and 6th Aves. and W. 49th and W. 50th Sts., Midtown West, 10020. Tel. 212/332-7654 for the rink. Subway: B, D, F, M to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Center.

The GE Building also houses NBC Studios

, whose news tapings, visible at street level, attract gawking crowds. For ticket information for NBC shows or the 70-minute studio tour, visit the NBC Experience Store at the building's southeast corner. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 5th and 6th Aves. at 49th St., Midtown West, 10020. Tel. 212/664-7174. www.nbcstudiotour.com. Admission: NBC Studio Tour $18.50. Children under 6 not permitted. Hours: Tours depart every 30 mins Mon-.Sat. 8:30-5:30, Sun. 9:30-4:30. Subway: B, D, F, M to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Center.

Rising up on the Lower Plaza's west side is the 70-story (850-foot-tall) Art Deco GE Building

(Tel. 212/332-6868), a testament to modern urban development. Here Rockefeller commissioned and then destroyed a mural by Diego Rivera upon learning that it featured Vladimir Lenin. He replaced it with the monumental

American Progress

by José María Sert, still on view in the lobby, flanked by additional murals by Sert and English artist Frank Brangwyn. While in the lobby, pick up a free "Rockefeller Center Visitor's Guide" at the

information desk

. Up on the 65th floor sits the now shuttered

Rainbow Room,

a glittering big-band ballroom from 1934 through 2009.

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4 Wollman Memorial Rink
Wollman Memorial Rink

New York, NY

Its music blaring out into the tranquility of the park can be a bit of an intrusion, but you can't deny that this rink dwarfed by billion-dollar Central Park South skyscrapers makes a great setting for a spin on the ice. You can watch skaters from the terrace. If your heart is set on a visit, be sure to check the Web site or call ahead; the rink often closes for private parties, especially during the holidays, and it often closes during the day so that the ice can be smoothed with the Zamboni. www.wollmanskatingrink.com. Admission: $11 Fri.-Sun., $8.50 Mon.-Thurs. Skate rentals $4.75. Lockers $3.75, plus $6.25 refundable deposit. Hours: Nov.-Mar., Mon. and Tues. 10-2:30, Wed. and Thurs. 10-10, Fri. and Sat. 10 am-11 pm, Sun. 10-9, weather permitting. Subway: N, R, W to 5th Ave.

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5 Lake Taghkanic State Park
Lake Taghkanic State Park
1528 Rte. 82
Ancram, NY 12502

The centerpiece of this 1,569-acre park, Lake Taghkanic has two sandy beaches, picnic areas, boat rentals, playgrounds, restrooms, and trails for hiking. You may camp here from early May through October, choosing between tent or trailer sites or rustic cabins (with bathrooms and hot and cold water). Kids enjoy climbing the water tower. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and ice fishing are options in winter. nysparks.state.ny.us. Admission: Parking $7 (late May-Labor Day). Hours: Daily sunrise-sunset.

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2018/1/1 19 13 7 3 -4 -6 63 50 37 30.39 30.35 30.31 10 10 10 15 8 25 0.00  
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2017/1/1 46 44 41 28 22 16 50 41 31 30.44 30.17 29.89 10 10 10 12 5 23 0.00  
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2016/1/1 42 38 34 26 23 16 59 52 44 30.06 30.03 29.97 10 10 10 17 8 26 0.00  
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2015/1/1 39 33 27 17 10 6 46 37 27 30.18 30.07 29.98 10 10 10 17 7 31 0.00  
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