NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The iconic Rockefeller Center ice-skating rink is open in a limited way in time for the holidays.
The sunken rink in midtown Manhattan started welcoming skaters Saturday afternoon as part of a tradition that goes back to the 1930s, according to the Rockefeller Center website.READ MORE: 'Irresponsible:' MTA Says Mayor's Plan To Add 250 Subway Officers Isn't Enough To Combat Recent Crime
The rink is operating at a reduced capacity, with skate time limited to 50 minutes. Masks are required as a further coronavirus pandemic safety measure.
The rink will be open every day from 9 a.m. until midnight through Jan. 17.With Injuries Piling Up Across New York City, Mayor De Blasio Is Considering Bicycles Being Required To Have License Plates
According to legend, the website says, the rink was inspired by “a Depression-era skate salesman who demonstrated his product by skating on the frozen water of the Rockefeller Center fountain.”
The rink officially opened as a “skating pond” on Christmas Day 1936. It was supposed to be temporary but got so popular it became a permanent fixture for the holiday season.
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