- Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway and 242nd St., the Bronx; 718-432-1492
Two years in the making, the Bronx’s first outdoor ice rink is worth the trek north. Located less than a block from the 1 train, the 13,600-square-foot rink is inexpensive ($5 on weekdays, $8 on weekends, plus $5 skate rental), has a snack bar run by Riverdale’s legendary Lloyd’s Carrot Cake, and offers public skating hours every day of the week. But it’s even more desirable for what it doesn’t have: no spectator fee, long lines, tourists, or Olympic pretensions. It’s a family attraction through and through, which explains why you see just as many children gliding by as adults.
Best Ice-Skating Rink
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).