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New York on Ice: Skating in the City


This selection of images from the exhibition invites visitors to explore how ice skating evolved in the city from its colonial Dutch and British origins to become a 19th-century craze, and later an opportunity for elaborate spectacle, commercialized leisure, and competitive sport in the 20th century and beyond. Along the way, skating has left its mark on New York’s urban landscape, from the design of Central Park, to intimate hotel rinks and extravagant arenas, to a plethora of skating facilities that today define and transform parks and other public spaces across the city.
Skating in Central Park

Skating in Central Park


Moonlight Skating - Central Park - The Terrace and the Lake

Moonlight Skating - Central Park - The Terrace and the Lake


Carnival of the Washington Skating Club, Brooklyn. February 10th, 1862.

Carnival of the Washington Skating Club, Brooklyn. February 10th, 1862.

On stone & published by G. E. Jones, 54, Trinity Place, Rector Street, New York, & 15th Street between...

Union Pond, Williamsburgh, L.I.

Union Pond, Williamsburgh, L.I.


Fifth Avenue Skating Pond

Fifth Avenue Skating Pond

Admit Miss Isabel Place.

Empire City Skating Rink

Empire City Skating Rink


The Biltmore Ice Gardens.

The Biltmore Ice Gardens.


Tea Room -- The Biltmore Ice Gardens.

Tea Room -- The Biltmore Ice Gardens.

Tea room adjacent to the Ice Gardens at the Biltmore Hotel, Madison Avenue and 43rd Street; ice skaters...

Rockefeller Plaza Outdoor Ice Skating Pond, Rockefeller Center New York City.

Rockefeller Plaza Outdoor Ice Skating Pond, Rockefeller Center New York City.


[Water pipes at Rockefeller Center skating rink.]

[Water pipes at Rockefeller Center skating rink.]


[Charlotte in "Hip! Hip! Hooray!".]

[Charlotte in "Hip! Hip! Hooray!".]


[Wollman Rink, Central Park.]

[Wollman Rink, Central Park.]


[Dick Button doing a split jump at the Wollman Memorial Rink.]

[Dick Button doing a split jump at the Wollman Memorial Rink.]


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