Harlem's two ice skating rinks are now open, but with new safety guidelines in place

Updated: Jan 13

The ice skating rink at Riverbank State Park is the perfect spot to enjoy what's left of winter
The shade sails at Riverbank State Park's ice rink.

Ice skating season in Harlem looks a little different this year.

While both of uptown's ice rinks are now open, each has its own new set of Covid guidelines. In other words, plan ahead.

Here's what you'll find at each:

Lasker Rink

Central Harlem Entrance at 110th St and Lenox Ave; Mon-Sun

Lasker Rink is on the northern edge of Central Park
Lasker Rink in Central Park

It's first come, first served at this sunny rink on the northern edge of Central Park—no reservations needed. But because only a limited number of guests are allowed on the rink at any given time, you should plan on getting there early (or prepare to wait in a socially-distanced line). All visitors are required to get their temperature checked and wear face masks at all times.

Riverbank State Park Ice Rink

Hamilton Heights Entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St; Fri-Sun

The ice skating rink at Riverbank State Park
The ice rink at Riverbank State Park

Located high above the banks of the Hudson River, this shaded NHL-size rink has strict new Covid guidelines in place. There are nine one-hour sessions from Friday through Sunday, and each is limited to 18 skaters. Skaters must reserve their spot ahead of time via email (DFRBSPSKATING@PARKS.NY.GOV), with confirmations emailed by 9am the day of.

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