Downtown Gets Its First Ice Rink — Overlooking Ground Zero, No Less!

New York has some of the most famous ice skating in the world, from Rockefeller Center to Central Park. Yet there is nowhere to skate downtown, unless you count Chelsea Piers.

But since it’s so cool these days, downtown deserves some winter fun of its own. Come this Saturday, there will be one at the recently opened W Downtown Hotel. Located on the fifth-floor terrace bar, the rink not only boasts an exclusive location but also has views unmatched by any of the city’s other skating spots, given that the Gwathmey Siegel-designed condo-hotel overlooks the World Trade Center site.

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What’s better than skating and gazing down on Ground Zero construction? Doing those things whilst tipsy, of course. The terrace bar will be open with a special set of drinks to help keep skaters and guests warm, Jenny Back, sales coordinator for the hotel, told The Observer. And while you’re welcome to have your drink on the rocks, no drinking on the ice.

The rink will be open through mid-February. Skate rentals cost $12, but bring your own and hit the ice for free. And skating is open to the public, not just residents and guests, though it is on a first-come, first-served basis, with room for only 15 skaters. Ms. Back said the hotel’s phone has been ringing off the hook with inquiries already as word has gotten around, so bundle up and get in line now.

And so, the project that was for a time frozen-in-time will now be frozen for real!

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