Ice rinks are a trademark wintertime scene in New York City, from movies like Elf—in which Buddy finds love at Rockefeller Center—to the day-and-night crowds in Bryant Park vying for their chance to skate for free.
The city’s most famous rinks, like Wollman Rink in Central Park, draw tourists from all over the world. Yet most—such as the Abe Stark Rink in Coney Island or Riverbank State Park’s rink in Harlem—generally are populated by New Yorkers helping their kids learn how to figure skate or watching them play hockey.
In four of the five boroughs, you have your choice of where to skate. (In the rink-less Bronx, a plan to convert the Kingsbridge Armory into the world’s largest ice-skating center, with nine Olympic-sized rinks, has been in the works since 2012.)
NYCity News Service photographers have complied useful information on the rinks and visited them to document the season, indoors and out. —Anne Todd
Getting in Gear
Assistance Is at Hand
Sometimes You Are on Your Own
The Rail Story
That Moment It All Comes Together
Dramatic Backdrops, No Extra Charge
The Zamboni Interludes