Get skating: The McCarren Rink will close January 5

The Williamsburg ice-skating rink, which opened in November, will shutter at the end of the week—but may return next holiday season

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McCarren Rink

McCarren Rink Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Say goodbye to ice-skating in Williamsburg, at least for now: The McCarren Rink, which opened on the site of the McCarren Park Pool in November, will close for the season on Sunday, January 5. Have the day off tomorrow? Maybe it's time to hop on the L and lace up your skates.


The rink, operated by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), was planned as a temporary diversion, and a spokesperson for OSA says that the group is happy with the results from the first season. "Considering this is the first time an ice rink has been opened in North Brooklyn, the plan was ambitious," the spokesperson noted. "The season's length allows OSA the opportunity to evaluate attendance numbers, feedback from the public, revenue and other aspects of the operation." The spokesperson also confirmed that OSA is in the process of planning a 2014 season for the rink.


But never fear, Brooklynites—if you want to ice-skate after the 5th, there's always the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park, which opened on December 20 and operates year-round.



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