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Video: Icy circles and a cold winter night in Central Park

Video: Here's what winter looks like in Central Park after dark

After a winter of so much snow and cold, spring -- arriving today -- will get a big welcome on the U.S. East Coast this year. 

But before we forget how chilly it got, here’s a video glimpse of a sub-freezing February night at the south end of Manhattan’s Central Park. Snow on the lawn. Undaunted ducks splashing in a half-iced pond. A lonely jogger panting up a path. Legions of skaters sketching circles on the rink near 59th Street.

By the way, if you’re an old school admirer of New York, you probably call that skate area Wollman Rink, after the donor who bankrolled it in 1950.

If your first visit came some time after 1985? You might call it Trump Rink.

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