New York

Ice Skating at Wollman Rink Is Finally Coming Back This Week

This year the rink is focused on making the space more accessible and inclusive.

Kris Yeager/Shutterstock
Kris Yeager/Shutterstock
Kris Yeager/Shutterstock

Ice skating is about to be back in NYC. Of note, Wollman Rink is reopening for the winter season this month, bringing a slew of updates and improvements to its grounds.

On October 23, the rink will officially reopen, and New Yorkers are welcome to join in on the fun for free. On opening day, rink access and skate rentals will be complimentary, and guests will only need to think about having a good time. With eight hours of programmed entertainment, skaters and visitors alike will be able to marvel at on-ice performances by real professionals, including the Figure Skating in Harlem team and Camden Pulkinen, a current member of Team USA, among others.

Music will keep the party going all afternoon, thanks to DJ Rob Dinero, and guests will also get the chance to participate in off-ice activities. Ice carving and culinary demonstrations are slated on opening day, and at 7 pm, Equinox will provide a sound bath skating event for those who wish to purchase a ticket.

This year, Wollman Rink NYC is committed to making accessibility a priority. Wollman Park Partners, the association behind the rink’s management, partnered with Culture Pass to ensure every New Yorker can skate and have fun this winter. The rink is expanding its Wollman Rink Access Program (WRAP) through Culture Pass, a New York Library-run system that allows you to reserve tickets to multiple NYC cultural institutions. Starting November 1, there will be monthly batches of free skating admission tickets through Culture Pass, and 60% of those will be reserved for New Yorkers living in underserved zip codes.

Additionally, skating enthusiasts can show a New York City Library or idNYC card directly at the box office during public skating hours to try and secure an on-site WRAP package. Those tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and they will provide discounted entry, skates, as well as hot cocoa for only $14.

To further foster its accessible and inclusive agenda, Wollman Rink is also offering a series of free skating events throughout the season. On November 11, veterans will be able to skate free of charge, while on January 16, teachers will be treated to the same offer. A free skating day for public sector employees will come on February 20, and March 11 will be dedicated to first responders and essential workers. In addition, this year’s program also flaunts a new complimentary season pass for Wollman Figure Skating in Harlem families to celebrate the community partnerships with Figure Skating in Harlem, Ice Hockey in Harlem, and Central Park North Stars Adaptive Hockey.

After a tiring skating session, food and beverages will be ready to pick any New Yorker up. With two dining options, named The Café and Melba’s, guests can choose where to grab a bite and a drink, and during the winter months, they will even be able to visit the heated igloos adorning The Overlook’s area, which is right above the rink.

Tickets range from $15-35 for adults depending on the entry date, while children and seniors tickets will always be $10 throughout the season. Skate rentals will be $10. For more information and to learn more about season passes, you can visit this website.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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