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Wollman RinkThe Highlights
Skating on Wollman Rink is a winter tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike.
It's New York magic at its best - to glide across the ice while surrounded by the grandeur of Manhattan. Ice skating is a long-standing and beloved tradition in Central Park — as old as the Park itself. Many people have laced up their skates for the very first time on this ice. Opened in 1949, the 33,000-square-foot venue with its romantic backdrop, puts visitors beneath the extraordinary New York City skyline by day, and its twinkling lights by night. You can see why the Wollman Rink has been featured in films such as Love Story and Serendipity. Skaters who admit to being a bit clumsy are always welcome at the rink. For those wanting to improve their skills the rink offers a skating school seven days a week. Classes for all ages range from parents and toddlers to basic skills for adults. For many years the rink was the venue for a series of outdoor summer rock, pop, country and jazz concerts. Then it was known as The Wollman Theater or "The Wollman Skating Rink Theater". In the summer of 1957, WOR-radio personality Jean Shepherd hosted a series of memorable jazz concerts at the Wollman with Billie Holiday, Bud Powell, Lionel Hampton, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Dinah Washington and others. Starting in 1966, various corporate sponsors of the summer music festival at the rink have included: Rheingold Beer, Schaefer Beer and Dr. Pepper. Led Zeppelin, the original Allman Brothers Band and singers Tammy Wynette, Peggy Lee, Judy Collins and Pete Seeger are some of the greats who have played the 5000-seat Wollman. The Wollman Rink no longer hosts concerts, but in the summer it contains the Victorian Gardens Amusement Park.
Location: East Side between 62nd and 63rd Streets