The Real Deal New York

How ice skating helped put Fifth Avenue on the map

January 17, 2015 02:00PM

From Luxury Listings NYC: Before Central Park opened, fashionable New Yorkers huddled around Washington Square and Madison Square. At the time, upper Fifth Avenue was rural and remote. But in the 1860s, “the neighborhood tipped from sylvan to stylish” thanks to a new fad – ice skating, according to Curbed.  [more]