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Residents Miffed Over Mystery Ice Rink Going Up In Stuyvesant Town

They Wonder: Where Did It Come From? Who's Behind It? Why Weren't We Told?
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Residents of Stuyvesant Town are wondering why an ice rink is being built within their complex. It seems nobody knows the answer. (Photo: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new ice rink is getting a chilling reception for some residents of Stuyvesant Town.

Residents on Manhattan’s East Side say they’re in a deep freeze over an ice rink that’s going up in the middle their complex. One renter of 25 years is worried the peace and quiet he’s enjoyed may soon be a thing of the past.

“Concerned about the noise it might make when it’s, you know, active in a few weeks. You wake up one morning and you’ve got an ice skating rink there,” Richard Axel said.

Residents said the rink took them by surprise. It started going up about three weeks ago and they’re upset because they claim they were never notified.

CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano tried to get answers from the management company on the phone and in person, but was unsuccessful.

Residents said the space used to be a place where kids played in an open field. Residents said they don’t know if the rink will just be for them or if there will be a charge.

“We were never asked our opinion,” resident Erwan Saunier said. “Ice skating is not like the most popular sport, I believe. You need the ice; you need skates; you need to know how to skate.”

However, not everyone though is opposed to the idea of a space to skate.

“I would love an ice rink. I think it would be great,” Henry Ahearn said. “There’s a lot of things here, especially parks, that shut down in the summertime and not a lot of things to do in the winter. I think it would be great.”

The tenants’ association said even though the rink is almost complete, they have no intention to cease fighting the project.

Other projects have come under scrutiny at Stuyvesant Town, including the allowing of food trucks and the operation of a farmers market on the property.

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