Rockefeller Center might be the most famous skating rink in New York City, but it’s about to get some serious competition from this new rink atop the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn. Now open to the public, the rink is located on the 23rd floor of the building and affords unparalleled views of the city skyline. The rink was made with synthetic ice technology, which creates an ice-like feel without the cold and wetness, and requires no power, water, or maintenance (a bit like this rink in Mexico City). And if the winter winds get a little too chilly, there will also be a tent with lounge chairs, hot chocolate, and other treats, where you can warm up.
Nick Angel, general manager of Vale Rink, told Lonely Planet, “We’re dedicated to staying well connected to the community and finding experiences that can tailor to visitors and locals alike. We always wanted to introduce a skating rink to the property and thought the rooftop would make the perfect destination. It allows us to take advantage of our unique location and views of the Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan skyline during the winter months.”
Although originally planned to only be open through the winter, the rink is already proving popular enough with guests that the hotel might keep it open even longer.
The rink is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Fridays from 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Saturdays from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM, and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Entry to the rink costs $20 for adults and $12 for children, including skate rentals and lockers.