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Re: Public Skating in NYC
« Reply #50 on: March 09, 2016, 02:45:55 PM »
There are certainly plenty of long-term lots around the airport, so that might be a good option (I use The Parking Spot on Haynes Ave when I fly out of EWR).  I don't know much about transportation from there into the city, though.  Depending on the timing of your trip, you could think about bookending it with a stop at Floyd Hall Arena in Montclair/Little Falls- daily adult public sessions that are lightly attended.  You could drive from Newark or take the train from the city (Montclair-Boonton line).

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Re: Public Skating in NYC
« Reply #51 on: March 09, 2016, 07:49:31 PM »
Summer at Chelsea Piers is tricky because of camps - lots of camps.  Publics in the summer are better earlier in the session, unless there's a large group.  I hit a public that had 200 kids that never skated before on it last summer!  Waste of a lesson but the kids were new to the country and mesmerized by the ice so it was hard to be too mad.  I would call ahead about large groups.  That would be your best bet.

If you're there on the weekend and have time on a Saturday you might try and drop in on a Black Diamond class.  It's off ice followed by a group lesson on full private ice (group can be tiny or ?10/12 people tops I think?), then you get 30 minutes 1/2 ice to practice and then you switch rinks for I think it's another 90 minutes of private ice (for the class participants).  $50 and worth it.

I think the earlier the better for general freestyles.  No coffee club in the summer.

Location wise though, very easy from Javits.  Easy walk or bus.
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Re: Public Skating in NYC
« Reply #52 on: March 09, 2016, 09:02:43 PM »
Walking the highline from the javits to Chelsea piers can be really nice - depending on the time of day.  The highline in the upper 20s is very narrow and pedestrian traffic can slow to a crawl.  But beautiful if you have the time.

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Re: Public Skating in NYC
« Reply #53 on: March 09, 2016, 09:03:41 PM »
Oh, good point about the camps.  I didn't catch that the trip is in July.  No adult public session at Floyd (sniff)… camp takes over.

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Re: Public Skating in NYC
« Reply #54 on: March 10, 2016, 11:59:38 AM »

If you're there on the weekend and have time on a Saturday you might try and drop in on a Black Diamond class.  It's off ice followed by a group lesson on full private ice (group can be tiny or ?10/12 people tops I think?), then you get 30 minutes 1/2 ice to practice and then you switch rinks for I think it's another 90 minutes of private ice (for the class participants).  $50 and worth it.

I think the earlier the better for general freestyles.  No coffee club in the summer.

Location wise though, very easy from Javits.  Easy walk or bus.

I saw the description of the Black Diamond class and it looks interesting but I will probably arrive on Saturday (conference starts on Sunday afternoon) and leave the following Saturday

Walking the highline from the javits to Chelsea piers can be really nice - depending on the time of day.  The highline in the upper 20s is very narrow and pedestrian traffic can slow to a crawl.  But beautiful if you have the time.

Even if I don't get a chance to skate I will probably walk down the High Line just to look at the rink.

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Re: Public Skating in NYC
« Reply #55 on: May 21, 2016, 03:34:33 PM »
OK, Bryant park is a huge rink, but always crowded on weekends and evenings as it is totally free if you bring your own skates (outdoor seasonal rink). If you don't mind traveling to Queens, the World Ice Arena in Corona Park is really nice and reasonably priced. It's also indoors and year round. You can go by train and a two block walk.
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