By Richard Kozak ‘17 and Zach ChanMin ‘17
Although this winter’s unusually warm weather has not brought any snow so far, ice skating remains a favorite pastime of New Yorkers during the winter.
One of the most famous places to ice skate in the city is the rink at Rockefeller Center, located between 5 and 6 Ave. on West 49 St. Extremely packed with tourists and natives to the city, one should be prepared for a hefty line to get into the world famous ice rink. The tradition of skating in Rockefeller Center dates back almost 80 years, and continues to draw large crowds every year due to its location in the city and popularity. The rink is open from 8:30 am to midnight every day until April 2016. Price of admission is $25 for adults, and $15 to rent ice skates.
Aviator Sports and Events Center has recently been named number 4 on AAA’s “8 Great Ice Skating Rinks” list. Aviator is a sports complex contained in a former air-force airplane hangar. It is located at 3159 Flatbush Ave and is home to two full NHL sized rinks that are open to public skating year round, every day of the week. Aviator runs extended ice skating hours during the holiday season. The prices at Aviator are $11 for adults and $9 for children; however, skate rentals are another $5 on top of those rates. This complex also houses world class gymnastics, rock climbing, and basketball facilities.
“Although kind of distant, what we have here is better than what you will find anywhere else in Brooklyn,” said Matthew Putterman ‘17, who works at Aviator on Saturdays. “This facility is extremely nice and the rink is great for skaters of all levels.”
The LeFrak Center at Prospect Park is a 26 acre complex that provides year-round activities including ice skating, boating, biking, hockey, and roller skating. It contains two massive rinks that sum to a total ice surface area of 32,000 square feet. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm, with shortened hours on Fridays, and weekends. The rinks have great views of Prospect Park from both the open-air rink and the slightly larger, roofed rink. The LeFrak Center offers ice skating for $6 on weekdays and $9 on weekends with an additional $6 fee present for skate rental.
“I try to visit the rink at Prospect a few times each season,” stated Ian Lavitman ‘18. “It’s not as packed as all those other places that tourists love, and I love the view of the park during the winter.”