On a lovely winter evening, I decided to go to Bryant Park to ice skate for the first time. It was 2.5 miles away from East Village Apartments, New York. The place was very crowded, but the people were friendly. And the area was very family oriented so I didn't feel uncomfortable about taking my first strokes across the massive circle of ice. I held on to the bar all around the ring, and made a few friends along the way.