With January 1 past us, there's plenty of outdoor and indoor ice in New York City if your New Year's resolution was to get involved in skating. Whether you're just starting out or continuing to skate throughout the year, there are rinks in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens to feed your ice addiction.
- Kate Wollman Rink in Prospect Park is where I skated when I was living in Brooklyn and a student. Opened in 1961, the rink was funded by the Wollman family, who also donated funds for construction of the Wollman Rink in Central Park in 1949. The last day that the rink is open is March 16, so there's plenty of time to get in a lot of skating. (The rink will be replaced by a $39 million Lakeside Center recreation building with two ice-skating rinks, to be completed by 2010.) General admission is $5; skate rental is $6 ; no credit cards accepted (entrance is at Parkside/Ocean Avenues; parking lot is next to rink so if you're driving, really convenient; 718.282.1226).
- Abe Stark Rink, an indoor rink, is only open on weekends to the public from 1:30 pm - 4 pm. The rink is open until April 6. General admission is $8; skate rental is $4.50 (Coney Island Boardwalk and W. 19th Street; 718.946.6536).
- World's Fair Ice Skating Rink, an indoor rink, closes for the season on April 6. General admission is between $5-$8; skate rental is $4.50 (Flushing Meadows Corona Park; 718.271.1996).
- War Memorial Ice Skating Rink, an indoor rink, is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The rink is open until April 6. General admission is $7; skate rental is $3 (Clove Lakes Park on Victory Boulevard, west of Clove Road; 718.720.1010).