Where to show off your ice-skating skills (or just fall gracefully)

As far as winter sports go, everyone knows the luge is the most fun. But most of us just aren’t very good at lugeing. Fortunately, the second-most fun is ice skating, and in the city, it can be simple and inexpensive. There are a lot of rinks around the boroughs, but there are two we recommend: First, Lasker Rink in Central Park North is easy to get to and still less crowded than most rinks. Open today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., it’s $6.25 for adults and $3.50 for kids, and skates rental is $5.50. To get there, take the 2/3 or C/B to the northern tip of the park, then walk in a short block. But Riverbank State Park’s Ice Skating Rink is one of the best-kept secrets in Manhattan. Open today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., the park is lovely and the rink also not as crowded as most. There is an ice-hockey program and a great playground, and it’s just a block from the 145th Street 9 train stop. Adults are $5, children are $3, and skates rental is $6. For more information on Lasker Rink, call 917-492-3857 or go to; for Riverbank State Park, call 212-694-3642
Fri., Dec. 25, 2009