do it: skate at citi pond

do it

I grew up ice skating on frozen ponds and cranberry bogs, and still love it. I work near Bryant Park, and have been itching to lace up my skates since they opened Citi Pond for the season. Admission is free, and skate rentals are $13. If you have your own skates and lock for a locker, you're in like Flynn! I finally went for a spin with friends this afternoon, and the Pond managed to win me back over after my skate sharpening debacle earlier this month.

photo via @SMYLIFE

The lounge, Celsius, is an awesome way to end an evening on the ice. Try a snowcap- a hot chocolate with splashes of kahlua mocha and absolut vanilla, topped with whipped cream. (Yes, it's as delicious as it sounds.) They also have a full restaurant menu and amazing desserts. I'm in love with the decor, and am even more impressed since it's a temporary structure that is set up and taken down each year.

They've also got a winter film festival going on through February. Upcoming movies include Ice Age, Blades of Glory, and The Cutting Edge. They close for the season Sunday, February 27, so hurry over!


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