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Everything you need to know about the new McCarren Rink

Sharpen those blades! On November 15, North Brooklyn is getting its very first outdoor skating rink, plus a new weekend holiday market.

Skaters, get stoked: On November 15, the McCarren Park Pool (normally a no-go zone in the chillier months) turns into an icy oasis for little ones to practices their triple axels, slapshots and even—yep—curling skills. And while we’ve already covered the slew of new skating rinks coming to the city this year (including the World Financial Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park and two in Prospect Park), we’re super excited that this family-friendly ‘hood is getting one of its own. Here’s everything North Brooklynites need to know about their new neighbor.

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When can we skate?

The rink will be open from 11am to 10pm, seven days a week, from November 15 through January (and maybe longer, if it’s popular enough—so bring friends!).

How much does it cost to skate?
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $4 for children. Group and party discounts are available, and skate rentals are $5. It’s just about your cheapest option for public skating in the city.

Can we take lessons?
Yes! The rink will hold figure skating, hockey and curling (!) lessons. There’ll also be occasional demos and workshops by pros.

What if my family is full of super-fast skaters? How big is this thing, anyway?
The rink is 60 ft by 120 ft, with a total area of 7,200 square feet, accommodating up to 300 people. That’s roughly half the size of the rink at Bryant Park—however, expect much fewer crowds.

My kid is sure to be hungry after we skate. Where can we buy food?
There will be concessions provided by a collaboration between local foodies Josh Cohen, the owner of Anella and Jimmy’s Diner and Tyler Cord of No. 7 Sub.

What’s this about a holiday market?
On weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the space will go whole-hog holiday, thanks to the folks at Northside Media who also produce SummerScreen and the Northside Festival. While we don’t have complete details for what’s in store, you can bet it’ll be Brooklyn-level charming. In other words, feel free to bring along out-of-towners visiting for the holidays!

McCarren Rink will be open seven days a week starting November 15. For more information, visit osanb.org.

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