In the News: Ice Rink

••• “Time is running out for an ice rink in Battery Park City next winter. Residents and local officials are still debating potential sites for the rink, and unless they make a decision soon, it may be too late to find an operator. ‘If we were to issue a [request for proposals] today, we’d be cutting it close to get the rink for this winter,’ said Jeff Galloway, chairman of Community Board 1’s Ball Fields Taskforce, at a meeting Thursday night. ‘To get it done the way everyone seems to want to have it done would take more time.'” (DNAinfo)

••• “A high-profile charitable foundation set up to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi, founded by the singer Madonna and fellow devotees of a prominent Jewish mysticism movement, has collapsed after spending $3.8 million on a project that never came to fruition. […] Its executive director [Philippe van den Bossche], who is the boyfriend of Madonna’s former trainer, Tracy Anderson, left in October amid criticism of his management style and cost overruns for the school. These included what auditors described as outlandish expenditures on salaries, cars, office space and a golf course membership, free housing and a car and driver for the school’s director.” (New York Times)

••• “I.S. 89’s robotics team earns honors at citywide competition.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “The population of lower Manhattan has surged in the past 10 years, according to new census data released Thursday. The preliminary data shows that the Financial District and Battery Park City saw an increase of 19,611 people since 2000—an uptick of 97.6 percent.” (DNAinfo)

••• Sculptor threatens to find a downtown home for one of his works. (Broadsheet Daily)

•••”Photographer Erica Simone, 25, has been taking photos of herself in the nude around New York City, and will be displaying 20 of her shots in Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen, opening April 14 at the Dash Gallery. She shovels snow on a sidewalk, plays pool, panhandles for money, goes for a run in the park, rides the subway and buys a hot dog from a street cart—all in the buff. […] ‘In this fashion-driven city where you are what you wear, I sometimes lose faith in the humanity and groundedness of New Yorkers,’ she said.” (NBC New York)

••• Ta-ta, Leelee? (The New York Times)



  1. I urge every resident to support an ice rink in BPC. We truly missed it this year. Last winter gave the kids a place to go after school and my son took advantage of the rink at least 3 times a week. My colleagues at American Express had actually planned a healthy lunch hour club around ice skating this year until they found out that the rink was not happening. I think not replacing it again is a huge disservice to the community.

  2. I second supporting the ice rink. The previous one was one of the few affordable things you could do in Tribeca on a regular basis. And it was a great incentive to get the kids playing outside all through the winter.

  3. Tracy Anderson has’nt dated Phillippe vandeBossche for over a year-where is your fact checking???

  4. @Diana: For these “In the News” roundups, I simply pass along information from other (generally journalistic, sometimes just media) sources. I don’t independently verify each item. The Times has yet to run a correction; if you’d like to submit one, the paper says to e-mail or call 1-888-NYT-NEWS (1-888-698-6397).

  5. I’m going to be the naysayer here, but unless they can find a way to regulate the noise and lights of the rink I’d prefer not to have it back. There are several buildings adjacent to the site (and two new ones) and rink operators were never responsive to noise complaints. I could deal with the music during the day, but when the sun goes down, my tolerance for listening to Miley Cyrus also goes way down. The rink was open for months, which makes it very different from temporary events, like walk-a-thons and races.