While knife throwing remains popular among travelling magicians and carnival spouses, ice skating is America's number-one bladed activity. For $10, today's Groupon gets you a skate rental and admission to general ice skating at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (up to a $21.50 value).
The facilities at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers are clean and well maintained, and the indoor twin rinks offer a wintery reprieve to sun-shunners of all ages. The location on Pier 61 boasts amazing views over the Jersey Separator, aka Hudson River, providing a soothing backdrop for triple lutzing, double axeling, and single honey-baked hamming. Since the general-skating sessions are available all summer, fans of juxtaposition will get a kick out of the temperature difference between the ice beneath and the sunny sky above. Though not valid with your Groupon, Sky Rink also offers ice-skating and ice-hockey camps for extra-icy fun throughout the summer. Skating provides an opportunity to impress a date by showing off Olympic-quality moves or challenge a bitter rival to a staring contest on ice. The rink is open for general skating on Monday and Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5:20 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Check the online schedule for any seasonal schedule changes.
The Mind Body Studio at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.