THE BRONX - Families from all around the city came to Van Cortlandt Park today to celebrate the new year with ice skating at the park's new rink.

Skaters say they prefer Van Cortlandt's rink because it's one of the only outdoor rinks in the city that doesn't get too crowded.

The rink, which opened in November, is open from noon until 8 p.m. on weekdays and from noon until 10 p.m. on weekends from now through March.