Welcome to the 96th Annual Middle Atlantic Figure Skating Championships. Here you will find information regarding parking, hotels, registration and more. Many of these topics were discussed in the announcement, but this section includes important updates.
This section also summarizes tips for those who are unfamiliar with New York City, including nearby practice rinks, skate sharpening services, and mass transit.
The page is a work in progress and we encourage suggestions. It will evolve as the competition dates near. If we've missed something, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will endeavor to address it. Thank you!
There are three parking options at and near Chelsea Piers.
Chelsea Piers itself is very convenient but expensive. Special discount “Day Passes“ with significant savings will be available through The Skating Club of New York at the registration desk. In addition, there is no fee for parking within a 20-minute grace period for drop-off and pick-up in front of the rink entrance.
There is a parking lot on Tenth Avenue one block from Chelsea Piers that has posted fixed 12-hour rates that are less expensive.
Free street parking on weekends and after 6 pm during the week between Tenth and Eleventh Ave on 18th St. through 22nd St.
"Day Pass" vouchers are for one day only and entitle a driver to up to a certain number of hours’ parking for a flat rate. Drivers submit the voucher to the toll booth attendant when exiting for either a complete or partial credit against the hours spent parked. Drivers must still present their parking stub upon exiting, together with the voucher.
For short stays, per-hour parking is cheaper than the fixed-rate voucher. We will have a chart at Registration explaining the economics of each option. Please review it carefully.
There are hundreds of hotels in New York to choose from, many with a distinctive character.
Do not assume the hotel you stayed at during a previous visit is still a hotel today. Many were repurposed during the pandemic or closed permanently. Notwithstanding these changes, there are still plenty of hotels to choose from.
Sky Rink has toilets.
There are also restrooms at the northeast corner of the Chelsea Piers complex, accessible from outside, and there are clean public restrooms at Bowlero - a bowling complex adjacent to Pier 60 (Sky Rink is Pier 61).
There is a Capital One cash machine on the waterfront side of Chelsea Piers just outside the first-floor gymnastics facility.
In addition, Santander Bank has an ATM at the corner of 10th Avenue and 23rd Street. The closest Wells Fargo unit is at 22nd and 9th. The closest Bank of America ATM is at 244 8th Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd. There are also numerous independently-owned ATMs, including one in the Western Beef Supermarket at 431 West 16th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue, and three inside the 9th Avenue entrance to Chelsea Market, a one-of-a-kind food and shopping emporium that you should check out if sightseeing.
There is a dearth of hockey and figure skating pro shops in New York. There is a Skater's Edge pro shop at Sky Rink, but its hours and staffing are limited. Call in advance to avoid disappointment.
The long-time "go to" pro shop for Manhattan skaters was West Side Skate & Stick. Owner David Healy is one of the most experienced sharpeners in the business. His business is now at City Ice Paviion in Long Island City, one stop from Manhattan on the 7 train. The shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays. There is also a well-regarded pro shop at Ice House in Hackensack, NJ.
Chelsea Piers Sky Rink
61 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011
Westside Skate & Stick
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place
Long Island City, NY 11101
The Pro Shop at
111 Midtown Bridge Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
If you just need a pair of laces or accessories, head over to Paragon Sports at 18th Street and Broadway. It is a full-service sporting goods store, with a wide selection of skates and accessories. We do not recommend them for sharpening.
We will sell 15-minute practice ice sessions for each IJS event in the competition. Please check Entryeeze for details.
Sky Rink runs freestyle sessions nearly every morning of the year, but these will be severely curtailed during the competition. Consult the Sky Rink website during late August for an up-to-date September schedule. Freestyle spots must be purchased in advance online, and skaters must comply with the rink's Safety First protocols.
There are several other rinks with freestyle sessions within a manageable distance. The map above shows dozens of seasonal and all-year rinks, but we suggest beginning with City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City (one stop from Manhattan on the 7 train) and Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey. Both have frequent and reliable freestyle sessions.
Face masks are still mandatory on all NYC and Port Authority subways and buses. All subway, bus and PATH fares are $2.75. Free transfers are available between subways and buses, but not the PATH, which connects Manhattan by tunnel to Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark and Newark International Airport.
The 23rd Street crosstown bus originates at the north end of Chelsea Piers. Along 23rd Street, you can access all of the north-south subway lines, plus the NJ PATH to Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark. The New York lines of the MetroNorth Railroad originate at Grand Central; the New Jersey lines originate at Penn Station, as does the Long Island Railroad.
The East River Ferry runs regularly between Manhattan's East Side and Hunter's Point in Queens, and Williamsburg and DUMBO in Brooklyn. The Manhattan terminals are on 34ths Street and Wall Street. Click on the route map for more information.
New York Waterway runs regular ferry service between Manhattan's West Side and numerous locations in New Jersey, including Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, Port Imperial and Edgewater. The Manhattan terminals are at 39th Street, Brookfield Place and Wall Street. Click on the route map for more information.
The High Line
You haven't truly been to Chelsea until you've stepped foot on the High Line — a public park built on a 1.5 mile historic freight line elevated above the streets of the West Side. Saved from demolition by neighborhood residents and the City of New York, the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid public space where visitors experience nature, art, and design.
Timed entry passes are no longer required. Admission is FREE.
There are multiple staircases leading to the High Line, but only three are open on the weekend: Gansevoort Street, 23rd Street and 30th Street. On weekdays, there are several more access points, including one at 14th Street. Elevators are located at 14th Street, 23rd Street, 30th Street and Gansevoort Street. Bring a camera. Masks are no longer mandatory.