When Steven Wright summed up his feelings about ice-skating—“I like to skate on the other side of the ice”—he was speaking for a lot of us. Although the fantasy of floating over the ice in a perfect arabesque is lovely, the thought of just putting on skates and stepping on the ice can be intimidating. But ice-skating is a great way to cool off during the dog days of summer, and NYC has four state-of-the-art indoor rinks. Admission is reasonable for a couple of hours of fun and exercise—around $15 for adults and $10 for kids. All offer reasonably priced beginner’s classes, as well as time on the ice reserved for the less experienced. For complete info, go to the rinks’ websites.
. Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (Pier 61, 23rd Street at the Hudson River, 212-336-6100, chelseapiers.com) Best for views of the Hudson. During the summer, it is not open to the public every day, so check before you trek over. Take the M23 bus to Eleventh Avenue. Pickup is right in front of Chelsea Piers. . Aviator Sports and Recreation (Hanger 5, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, 718-758-9800, aviatorsports.com) With two NHL-size ice rinks in airplane hangars, yet another example of the great use the city finally made of the old Floyd Bennett airfield. It even has barbecue. Take the 2 train to Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College, and then take the Q35 bus to Floyd Bennett Field. . World Ice Arena (Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, 718-760-9001, worldice.com) Near Citi Field, you’ll find an indoor sports complex with a regulation-NHL-size ice rink. Take the 7 train to Willets Point. . City Ice Pavilion (47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City, Queens, 718-505-6230, cityicepavilion.com) Skate freestyle or take figure-skating lessons on a regulation-NHL rink under a dome. Take the 7 train to 33rd Street.
Mondays-Sundays, noon. Starts: July 22. Continues through Sept. 2, 2012