For years, would-be ice skaters in New York have suffered from a bit of a Goldilocks problem: Rockefeller Center’s rink is lovely but incredibly crowded, with throngs of tourists stumping their way in circles across the ice from October to February. Other skating rinks, like the ones at the South Street Seaport or Brookfield Center in the financial district, are adorable but roughly the size of a postage stamp, making it hard to get a good glide going without running over a herd of schoolchildren. That’s why we were so excited when the freshly renovated LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park reopened last winter. It’s got two spacious rinks, one covered, the other un-, cheaper skate rentals than anywhere in Manhattan, and, best of all, a gorgeous view of Prospect Park, with trees and gentle hills framing the edges of the ice. We’re not quite ready to contemplate another polar-vortex winter, but at least when it arrives, that’ll also mean it’s finally time to skate.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014