In addition to public skating, many of the rinks offer skating lessons, group rates and private-party bookings. Some even have their own hockey leagues, with open enrollment. In Brooklyn there is the Abe Stark Rink, located along the Coney Island Boardwalk. Open for public skating on weekends and holidays only, admission is $8 and skate rental is $5. Past Kings Plaza is the Aviator Sports and Events Center at Floyd Bennett Field for indoor ice-skating year-round, where you can rest up in the sports lounge before or after your skate. Adult skating is $9, children skate for $7 and skate rental is $5.
The famous Kate Wollman Rink in Prospect Park is currently undergoing renovations and is closed for the 2012–2013 season. The most well-known of the City’s rinks is without a doubt The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center below the famous Christmas tree and gilded statue of Prometheus. Between November 9, 2012, and January 7, 2013, adults are $25 and children and seniors are $15.
Downtown is the enormous Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers offers ice-skating year-round. Admission is $10 for adults and children; skate rental is $5. Also downtown, The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District once again plans to open its ground-level rink that is available to the public. The rink will likely open in 2013; exact dates are to be determined. Visit standardculture.com for updated information as the cold weather approaches. Citi Pond at Bryant Park, the most affordable rink in all of New York City (if you already own a pair of skates)—admission is free. Skate rental is $14.
There is ambience at Central Park’s Wollman Rink. Admission for adults is $11 (Monday through Thursday) or $17 (Friday through Sunday); for kids ages 11 and under, it’s $6 each day; and seniors are $5 (Monday through Thursday) or $9 (Friday through Sunday). Skate rental is $7 for everyone, all days. Farther north in Central Park is Lasker Rink, between West 106th and West 108th Streets. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Skate rental is $6. Both Central Park rinks are great for star gazing at night.
Even farther north, in the Hamilton Heights section of the City, is The Ice Rink at Riverbank State Park. Riverbank, along Henry Hudson Parkway between West 138th and West 145th Streets, is the only state park in Manhattan, and it offers incredible river views across to New Jersey and gorgeous vistas of the George Washington Bridge. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children; skate rental is $6. Check the Riverbank State Park website for further information.
In Queens, the World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park is open year-round. Skating is $5 on weekdays; $8 on weekends and holidays. Skate rental is $5. Long Island City, meanwhile, is home to City Ice Pavilion, a facility offering the only rooftop ice-skating in New York City. Admission is $5 Monday to Friday and $8 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Skate rental is $5. Public skating hours are limited due to skating classes and league play, so call the facility for more detailed information. World Ice Arena 12540 Roosevelt Ave is in Queens.
Staten Island is home to the Staten Island War Memorial Ice Skating Rink, located in Clove Lakes Park. This rink is encased within a huge heated white bubble, similar to that of enclosed tennis courts. The rink is open October 2012 to March 2013, and admission is $8 and skate rental is $5.