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

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