See photos from 'New York on Ice: Skating in the City'

Take a look back at the history of ice skating in New York City at the Museum of the City of New York's new exhibit, "New York on Ice: Skating in the City," opening Dec. 20.

Young skaters cling to each other as they move across the ice at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Circa 1955.

A postcard of Thomas Healy's Golden Glades -- a restaurant with an ice rink on its top floor. Circa 1916.

Workers at The Rink at Rockefeller Center with its water pipes exposed. Circa 1936.


Olympic champion Dick Button does a split jump at the Wollman Memorial Rink. Circa 1962.

A postcard of the Empire City Skating Rink, between Second and Third avenues at 63rd and 64th streets, shows the popularity of ice skating in 1868.

An image of "Charlotte," the lead ice skating in a production of "Hip! Hip! Hooray!" in 1915 by artist Count Jean de Strelecki. The performance was essentially a ballet on ice with dancing horses, comedy skits, and musical acts.