You can ice skate on a rooftop with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline

Jan 6 2020, 9:56 pm

Who doesn’t want to take in the stunning view of the Manhattan skyline?

It’s a classic visual that has been featured in countless forms of media for decades.


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However, The William Vale hotel is putting a creative spin on visitor’s viewing experience through allowing the public to take in the beauty of New York City in the wintertime with their unique rooftop skating rink.

That’s right. You can live out your best Michelle Kwan-inspired dreams while taking in awe-inspiring views of the city at Vale Rink.

The rink, located on the rooftop of the hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, looks over the East River as well as the Manhattan skyline, providing visitors with captivatingly beautiful views.


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The hotel provides skate and locker rentals that are included with the price of admission, $20 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger.

It is important to note that only card payments are accepted. No cash.

The Vale Rink is a skating rink. However, its surface isn’t technically made of ice.

Interestingly, the hotel has partnered with Glice USA, a company that has harnessed new technology to “create polymer panels that simulate the glide and feel of ice. The surface is impact absorbent and environmentally friendly,” according to the hotel’s website.


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Thus, you can leave your hockey or figure skates at home, because they use their own brand of Glice skates that are compatible with the surface of the rink.

However, if you do opt to bring your own skates, they must be “sharp and in excellent working condition” and ultimately will be approved or not at the discretion of the Vale Rink team.

Guests are also welcome to take a break from skating and get cozy in the rooftop pop-up tent, which serves various snacks as well as hot chocolate.


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The rink is open seasonally Wednesday to Sunday. For information regarding specific hours, you can visit the rink page on the hotel’s website.

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