While many people consider the skating rink Rockefeller Center’s most singular feature, few realize is that it was an accident. The Sunken Plaza, as the area was originally called, was lushly landscaped and boasted high-end shops and restaurants, but few people could be enticed down the stairs leading from the Channel Gardens. In the winter of 1936, in an effort to attract attention to the Plaza, Rockefeller Center’s managers contracted an engineer from Cleveland to build a temporary rink. It became a permanent fixture.
With a skating surface that stretches just 122 feet long and 59 feet wide, the rink can only accommodate up to 150 skaters a time with many spectators looking on with delight.
(Between 49th and 50th Streets)
New York, NY 10020
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday 8:30am - Midnight Sunday 8:30am - 10:00pm