Brooklyn ice rinks operating with
restrictions amid pandemic
COURIER LIFE, DECEMBER 11-17, 2020 25
BY JESSICA PARKS
The coronavirus outbreak may be
cancelling a majority of New Yorkers’
holiday plans, but Brooklynites can still
show off their best fi gure eights this winter
at one of the borough’s many reimagined
ice skating rinks. While some annual
holiday events have been cancelled
to limit the spread of COVID-19, some local
staples’ takes on ice rinks are shifting
operations for safe and social distanced
activities such as skating.
Don’t forget to make a reservation in
advance before making the trek to hop
on the ice.
Ice or disco?
Sunset Park’s Industry City is offering
not one but two distinct skating
options throughout the winter season:
outdoor ice skating and an indoor roller
rink. This year’s ice skating rink, notably
larger than last year, is decked
out with holiday decor and an outdoor
heating system to keep skaters toasty
— while keeping socially distant with
a limited number of other people on
the ice. Lola’s Dreamland Roller Rink
will also return to the megacomplex’s
factory fl oor through March 2021 —
pending any forthcoming city or state
mandated shutdowns — full of holiday
fun, themed parties and a roller disco
brunch every Sunday.
Go skating at Industry City Courtyard
5-6 (220 36th St. between Second and
Third avenues in Sunset Park, www.
Open Thurs, 4-8 pm; Fri, 12-8 pm;
Sat, 10am- 8 pm; Sun, 10am – 6 pm. $12.
($10 skate rentals).
Lola’s Dreamland Roller Rink at Industry
City in Building 1 (220 36th St. between
Second and Third avenues in Sunset
com/). Open Fridays and Saturdays at
various times. Tickets are between $12-
$28 and include rentals.
The William Vale Hotel brings iceskating
to a whole new level: the 23rd
level to be exact. Take in the views of
Manhattan while gliding across the sustainable
rink at Williamburg’s luxury
hotel. Too chilly? Take a break in their
heated outdoor enclosure.
The William Vale Hotel’s rooftop rink
( 11 N. 12th St. at the intersection of Kent
Avenue in Williamsburg, www.thewilliamvale.
com/vale-rink/). Open Weds to
Fri, 2-10 pm; weekends, noon to 10 pm.
$20 including skates and locker rental.
($12 for kids).
Opening Dec. 17, be the fi rst to carve
up Brooklyn’s newest ice skating rink
at a Carroll Garden’s restaurant that
opened its door in the midst of the pandemic:
Court Street Tavern. Enjoy some
classic American fare and custom cocktails
on the fl oral-laced patio while the
family shows off their skate skills.
Skating at Court Street Tavern (449
Court St. between Fourth Place and Luquer
Street in Carroll Gardens, www.
courtstreettavern.com/). Open weekdays,
2- 10 pm, weekends, noon-10 pm.
It wouldn’t be a Brooklyn skating
roundup without including the borough’s
premier skating location: Prospect
Park’s LeFrak Center. Warm up
with a cup of hot cocoa from Bluestone
Cafe while skating in Brooklyn’s backyard,
and for the young’uns who are still
learning, get ready for skate school!
Lakeside at the Lefrak Center (171
East Drive at the intersection of Parkside
Avenue in Prospect Park, lakesidebrooklyn.
com). Open for public skating at various
times. $7.50 not including rentals.
(TOP) An overhead look at Industry City’s courtyard Ice rink. (BOTTOM LEFT) A look inside
Lola’s Dreamland Roller Rink at Industry City. (BOTTOM RIGHT) Brooklyn Paper reporter
Kevin Duggan goes for a skate in the sky at the William Vale Hotel in 2019.
Photos courtesy of Industry City, fi le photo by Caroline Ourso