Opened in 1936, the rink included such modern amenities as night skating, piped-in music, and a heated house for changing skates. Set in a fountain that overlooks The Rink is a bronze gilded statue of the Greek legend Prometheus, sculpted by Paul Manship.
But outshining Prometheus for the holidays is the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which stands on the west side of The Rink. A worldwide symbol for the holidays, the tree attracts tourists from all over the world to the festive rink.
“After 75 years, The Rink is still enchanting for all who visit it,” said Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, which operates The Rink and its two restaurants, The Sea Grill and Rock Center Cafe. “It has been here for generations, leading to memories and long-lasting traditions. We are proud to be a part of its history and look forward to many memorable years to come.”
Generally open from October to April, The Rink has become one of the most visited sites in New York City, with more than 11 million skaters having graced the ice since its opening.
DID YOU KNOW / The Ice Rink has several special programs that you can inquire about: the ever-popular “Engagement on Ice” offers couples private time to propose on the ice, followed by a rinkside Champagne toast. “Breakfast with Santa” allows children to spend time with St. Nick, by enjoying breakfast with him at Rock Center Cafe and partaking in a skate session with the jolly fellow. Olympic skater JoJo Starbuck hosts a morning “Cool Workout Sessions.” Lastly “Skate-a-Date” begins January 2012, including dinner for two at Rock Center Cafe with VIP skating on The Rink.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is located on 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. For schedules and skate rental information please visit www.therinkatrockcenter.com.