CHELSEA PIERS (CHELSEA, MANHATTAN)
12:00PM - 1:20PM
CLOSEST SUBWAY: A,C 8TH & 23rd + M24 bus (save your legs from walking)
SNIPETOWN VERDICT: "It's a solid skate especially Wednesdays and Fridays for some reason. Always two goalies and we'd say it's more of a B/C level skate. Two pads, free shampoo, conditioner and shower gel takes some of the price negativity away. If you can really splash out you can get your own stall with towel service!"
CITY ICE PAVILLION (LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS)
12:00PM - 1:30PM
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 7 at 33rd St/Rawson
SNIPETOWN VERDICT: "This one is hit and miss. If it's holiday season you are sure to get a great skate. Average is about 10+ on the ice and maybe a goalie. Watch out during warmer weather - the ice just dissappears. It's like playing pond hockey inside.
WORLD ICE ARENA (FLUSHING, QUEENS)
10:00PM - 11:50PM
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 7 at METS WILLETS-POINT
SNIPETOWN VERDICT: "7/10 times you are gaurenteed a solid sweat here. The level varies and in the summer months it ramps up with college guys attending. Good parking but subpar showers."
AVIATOR (FLOYD BENnETT FIELD, BROOKLYN)
MONDAY/TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY/ FRIDAY 12:00PM-1:20PM
FRIDAY: 10:00PM - 11:20PM
SUNDAY: 06:30AM - 07:50AM
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 5 Flatbush Ave - Q35
SNIPETOWN VERDICT: "It can get a little chippy and there's usually variation in skill-set during afternoon skates. Two goalies is usually a given and the evenings skates are usually high-end played with an edge."
Staten island skating Pavilion (Staten island)
MONDAY: 9:30AM - 11:00AM
FRIDAY: 1:10PM - 2:30PM / 11:10PM-12:30AM
SATURDAY: 9:40PM - 11:00PM
CLOSEST SUBWAY: STATEN ISLAND FERRY
SNIPETOWN VERDICT: "This isn't one we have checked out a whole deal - but we are working on that. During the lockout there were a few NHL players attending so we guess it's a pretty high caliber skate."
town of oyster bay rink (bethpage, Long island)
MONDAY:9:30PM - 11:00PM
CLOSEST SUBWAY: PENN STATION...LIRR TO BETHPAGE
SNIPETOWN VERDICT: "If you want a trip out of the city for a skate this one is usually the best pick. The rink is beautiful, dressing rooms are big and a great big parking lot for legalised tailgating after the skate. The skate level is usually high and this increases when all those college/pro Long Islanders flood back to their childhood homes."
Northwell health ice center (Eisenhower park, Long Island)
FRIDAY: 9:45PM - 11:00PM
CLOSEST SUBWAY: PENN STATION...LIRR TO WESTBURY
SNIPETOWN VERDICT: "If it's good enought for the Islanders it's good enough for us. This place is well worth the trip. Two pads, a gym, a pro-shop and in the winter they have a third outside rink - 'the pond'. Great ice, great locker room, always goalies and a decent mid-high skate."