Skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park is a tremendous spirit lifting experience. Hearing the skates glide across the ice with the wide open sky above is so exhilarating. It’s a cross of some many special things; you have the Central Park South skyline, you get the feel of nature from the park, as well as the recreation of skating all in one, wow. If you happen be in NYC over the next week or so, then you are in for a treat. Right about now the trees surrounding the rink almost look like a rainbow because of all the colored leaves. The rink is opened from late October to early April. Even if you don’t want to skate you should go check out the scene over there just for its visual beauty. You can stand on this huge rock and take pictures of the rink with the trees and skyscrapers in the background. From the rock above the rink you can also see Columbus Circle which is where the famous Time Warner Center Resides, what a view that is. Remember to be careful when you are on these rocks taking photos. For the daring of heart, try skating at night with lights shining down on the rink, it feels like you are inside of a picture. If you are one of the photographers taking shots of this photo like scene at night, you might want to label that picture “Dreamland”, because that is what it looks like. The rink opened around 1950 and originally was a venue for rock concerts and the like. The concerts played through all the years up until about 1980 when they moved to another location. It remained closed after that for several years for upgrades and restorations. In 1986, after almost 6 years of stagnation, Mayor Koch at that time called in the Trump Organization (Donald Trump) and Trump had it done in four months. Since then Trump has managed the Rink along with other companies to keep it up and ready for people from all over the world to enjoy.
The Wollman Rink is a New York City treasure.
Autumn in New York.
Location: East Side between 62nd and 63rd Streets in Central Park.