There is no shortage of beautiful ice rinks in New York City, but there is obviously always room for more, which is why we welcome the new Manhattan West Ice Rink with open arms (and skates on).
The magnificent ice skating destination is the centerpiece of the 2.5-acre public plaza of the new mixed-use development on the city’s west side, Manhattan West, where dining destinations like Ci Siamo, Zou Zou’s, Jajaja, CafÃ© Grumpy and Umami Burger have already taken up residence. The space is also home to Midnight Theater, a contemporary variety theater that combines experiences related to Broadway, the world of comedy, and even magic.
Open all week throughout the winter season, the new 60×80 ice rink offers both public skating schedules and specific programs hosted by Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov (private lessons for example).
To celebrate the opening of the new winter rendezvous, the space will host Skate with Santa throughout the month of December (December 5, 12 and 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The family event will include a skating session with Santa Claus and the chance to watch two of his solo performances on ice. You can register for the different dates just here.
The location of the rink also clearly evokes the new NHL store, adjacent to Manhattan West. The two destinations will work together to offer New Yorkers unique on-ice programming and more.
Considering the large number of ice skating options in New York City, we might suggest that you spend a weekend visiting each of them, properly dissecting the views they offer, the nearby attractions that you may be able to browse after a session on the ice and, of course, the quality of the skates that will be given to you. To that end, here’s our own list of the best places to ice skate in New York City right now.