The Rockefeller Center Ice Rink opens this week - October 9 - for another season of outdoor ice skating. Usually, the opening session features world famous skaters or up-and-coming skaters. In past years, Sasha Cohen, Elaine Zayak, JoJo Starbuck, Scott Hamilton, and others have performed at the opening of this ice rink. And, of course, it's highly featured at the annual Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony. It's also been the sight of skating for televised Radio City Christmas show programs. In the early 1980s, Peggy Fleming and Robin Cousins taped a segment on the ice rink between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m - bitter cold and windy. Ah - there's nothing like skating outdoors!
Of course, the rink is a magnet for countless locals and tourists who want to say "I skated at Rockefeller Center". The line for the hourly public sessions sometimes extends a block - all the way towards St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.
The rink is located in a sort of "canyon", and the public can stand over the railing and look down at the skaters. There are restaurants on the rink level, so you can also eat and watch the skaters at eye level.
Here's a link to the rink: