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Ice-skating in New York City: McCarren Rink opens in Brooklyn

Didn’t get into McCarren Park Pool this summer? Try ice-skating instead. McCarren Rink opens at the swimming hole this week.

A rendering of McCarren Rink
Photograph: Katherine Pangaro
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan from Hanson Bros.
South Street Seaport
Photograph: Dbox
A rendering of Lakeside at Prospect Park
If you’ve taken a dip at the McCarren Park Pool, you’ve probably noticed the Beach, a 7,200-square-foot concrete deck extending into the middle of the water. This week, the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA)—which brought the Shins, Odd Future and Meek Mill to the Williamsburg waterfront over the summer as part of its popular concert series—will turn that space into something more seasonably appropriate: a 300-plus-person ice-skating rink.

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Originally, organizers planned to launch a winter market alongside the ice, but have since postponed the bazaar in order to gauge attendance and interest. However, mobile carts and a Hanson Bros. concession tent (named after the fictional siblings from 1977 hockey comedy Slap Shot) will serve fall-themed comfort food by Josh Cohen (Anella, Jimmy’s Diner) and Tyler Kord (No. 7 Sub). Grub includes the “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, a hot dog with pulled pork and pickled jalapeños ($6); the Happy Pilgrim sandwich with turkey, Swiss cheese, sweet potato and cranberry sauce ($7); and pumpkinseed brittle ($3), plus hot chocolate with malted whipped cream and crushed Whoppers ($3).

A skate shop and winter-sports clinics, including hockey lessons and curling demonstrations, are in the works. In the meantime, we’ll see whether the rink incurs the long wait times that plagued the pool when it opened last year.

776 Lorimer St between Bayard St and Driggs Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (mccarrenrink.com). Daily 11am–10pm. $8, seniors and students $5, skate rental $5. Opens Fri 15; through January.
Look out for these forthcoming skate spots.

Lakeside at Prospect Park

The long-awaited complex has an open-air oval, as well as a covered rink for hockey (and roller-skating in warm weather). prospectpark.org. Opens December.