Best Casual Ice-Skating New York 2001 - Wollman Rink
Central Park's diorama-like WOLLMAN RINK is no secret, and sometimes it gets so crowded that it's more fun to watch the claustrophobia from the postcard vantage point of the promenade above. But what grounds this rink's exquisite landscaping and crystalline snow-globe exterior is the dim and cruddy snack bar, "pro shop," and cozy little lounge area by the lockers. It takes the edge off uptown when you feel like you're in the make-out den at an Ohio teenage church "lock-in." Enter at East 59th Street and walk two blocks north.