This is the earliest reference I found about playing "Shinny" on Skates in New York City from as early as the 1810's and probably before that...
There's a rather interesting article that appeared in the January 31, 1861 edition of the Commercial Advertiser (New York).
the title was "The Old Skating Ponds of New York" The author talked about the skating grounds in NY 40-50 years earlier. He said that Collect pond, Stuyvesant and Lispenard meadows were the main skating grounds in NY (Circa 1806).
The author talked about how "the shinny (on skates) now played in that locality (Lispenard) is rather sad and funereal in its character".
He finished his short article by asking:
"Where will the skating ponds of the next century be? Somewhere, mayhap, in the vicinity of Yonkers or Sing Sing."
I seem to have pre-dated what is widely considered the first Indoor organized Ice-Hockey game in the world in Montreal from 1875 with an interesting article about an indoor organized Ice-Hockey match in Brooklyn from 1871...
Date: Thursday, January 26, 1871 Location: New York, New York Paper: New York Herald Article Type: Newspaper Article
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