There's nothing more Canadian than spending long winter evenings outside, honing your skills on an outdoor rink. As it turns out, New York is making a play to add skating in the open air to its list of quintessential, All-American activities, too. During our brief stay in the city, we decided to check out some of the best rinks the Big Apple has to offer and we managed to spot a few familiar bleu-blanc-rouge jerseys during our quest.
First up: the Rink at Rockefeller Center. If you've ever watched a movie around Christmas time, you've seen the Rockefeller Rink in all its glory. A go-to destination for proposals since it opened in 1936, the Rink has made cameos in such holiday classics as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Elf, among other, actual classics. The tree lighting ceremony has gotten so elaborate, there's actually an hour-long TV special celebrating the event around American Thanksgiving. Stop by and snap some photos, but if you're looking for something a little more authentic, we've got some suggestions in mind...
A few blocks south of 30 Rock, located in the heart of Bryant Park, strap on your skates and take a few free laps at CitiPond Rink. At 170' x 100', it's close to NHL regulation size (200' x 85') and gives you open-air access to show off your Montreal born-and-bred stride with investment bankers jealously looking on from their corner offices in nearby skyscrapers.
If you're in the market for a one-stop shop for all your date-night needs, grab your skates and take a rickshaw to Central Park in your matching Habs jerseys. Horse-drawn carriages may be the romantic date of choice for some tourists, but we think nothing says romance like hitting the ice in the heart of the park at Trump Wollman Rink for game of shinny with your loved one. Move over Broadway; date night dress code just got a whole lot more fun!
Speaking of fancy date ideas, might we suggest taking in the work of one of our own at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera? It's not every day you see a St-Félicien, QC native make it all the way to The Met, but that's exactly what director François Girard has done through his brilliant work on Wagner's Parsifal. Girard's masterpiece opened to rave reviews on Feb. 17, but if you can't make it to New York to see it in person, fear not: on March 2, the show will be broadcast live in HD in nearly 1,900 theatres in 64 countries around the world. Félicitations, François!