If you went back in time to just a decade ago, most of what is happening in Williamsburg—good and bad—would have been virtually unimaginable. To wit? It’s now home to a cluster of luxury boutique hotels.
One of those hotels, the William Vale, has been bringing a bit of unexpected glam to a previously low-key corner of the hood since opening in the autumn of 2016. So its latest masterstroke may not seem so much of a surprise—though certainly the very idea of a dazzle-a-minute skating rink in this part of Brooklyn will surely be inspiring not just a few looks of disbelief.
But open through the winter season is the hotel’s succinctly named Vale Rink, high up on the 23rd floor rooftop. And playing perfectly to the current eco zeitgeist, it actually uses fully sustainable technology. Indeed, a company called Glice (get it?) produces synthetic ice, which mimics the qualities of the real thing, minus all that coldness and wetness. It also makes for a better skating experience, especially important if you’re not exactly Kristi Yamaguchi. And the fact that it doesn’t require any power or maintenance, means that it is most definitely kinder to the environment.
Best of all, from a social point of view, well…everyone is invited, not just hotel guests.
“We’re dedicated to staying well connected to the community and finding experiences that can tailor to visitors and locals alike,” says Nick Angel, General Manager of Vale Rink. “As part of this, we always wanted to introduce a skating rink to the property, and thought the rooftop would make the perfect destination. It allows us to take advantage of our unique location and views of the Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan skylines during the winter months.”
The spectacular views, of course, are including in the $20 price ($12 for kids); and there’s a on-site tent for kicking back with a hot chocolate between double axels. The hotel has also created a special Winter Retreat package, including a 15% discount on your room rate, admission for two to the rink, and a goody bag with products from Kari Gran, Popbar and Happy Socks.
We repeat…you can actually go ice skating in Williamsburg.