As snow dances down from the sky, busy sidewalks and streets are dusted in snow and New York City is transformed into a winter wonderland. While a layer of snow can make getting around in the city more challenging, there are plenty of great reasons to leave the apartment or hotel and take advantage of the winter weather.
Tourists flock to New York City to see the Big Apple in all its holiday splendor, but throughout the winter, many festive decorations and bright lights remain. The dazzling lights are only more beautiful with a dusting of snow, so admire the glistening city streets during a winter walk. Stroll through midtown, watching flakes light up as they drift through Times Square. Walk down 42nd Street, where the New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal look even more magical with a sprinkling of white. Head north on Fifth Avenue, where shop fronts are decked out in astonishing window displays. Swing by Rockefeller Center to catch a glimpse of ice skaters and, during the holidays, the giant Christmas tree.
Celebrate the snow with a winter tradition: sledding. A number of parks throughout the five boroughs are great spots to grab a sled, saucer or tube and spend an afternoon sliding down the hills. The gentle rolling hills of the Nethermead meadow in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Clove Lake Park in Staten Island and Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan are ideal for sledders of all ages. For a more intense sledding experience, head over to the steeper slopes near the Hippo Playground in Manhattan's Riverside Park or Ewen Park in the Bronx.
Warm Up Inside
After trekking through the snow, sometimes the best way to continue enjoying a snowy day is to admire the blanket of white from indoors. A cozy bookshop provides a warm respite from winter weather. Get lost in the shelves, which measure a total of 18 miles, at the Strand (strandbooks.com) or explore the nooks and crannies in Three Lives & Company (threelives.com). When you've found a book or two, brave the blizzard again and order a cup of hot chocolate at one of the many cafes in Greenwich Village.
Relive childhood memories by engaging in a snowball fight. Meet up with the New York City Snowball Fight Club for a variety of outdoor activities. Along with snowball fights, this group of adults hits the snow every winter to play a number of classic childhood games, such as capture the flag or dodge ball. Since the group's meeting depends on the weather, check the group's Facebook page for the date, time and location of the next event.
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