It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but New York is already a winter wonderland. How do we know? The skating rinks are open. If you choose to glide through the …

In the 1930s and ’40s, just about any lot in New York could be a rink. The Parks Department flooded tennis courts, baseball fields, and other park grounds to create temporary rinks across New York City so that skaters could slide across Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side as easily as they could swirl through Central Park…

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