Lace up your skates: The Rink at Rockefeller Center is open

It may be sunny out, but winter is coming—and the iconic midtown rink officially opens today for its 77th season.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

The Rink at Rockefeller Center Photograph: Andrew Fladeboe

Hard to believe winter is coming with this glorious fall weather, but there are harbingers of the colder months—like The Rink at Rockefeller Center's opening. The iconic ice-skating rink opened its doors to the public at 10am today with Olympic medalist Elvis Stojko and the Rockettes on hand, and will remain open through April 2014.

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The space is limited to 150 skaters at once, which means there is lots of room to show off your best moves, but long lines, too; arrive early. This year, the rink also introduced an early-morning skate; if you're willing to shell out $40, you can get on the rink at 7am, when it's less crowded.

Check out a photograph via The New York Times of the Rink at Rockefeller Center's first day in 1936. For more ice-skating options in the city, check out our full list of rinks, including info on the soon-to-be-completed Lakeside complex in Prospect Park.

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