|Frozen pond at 59th Street, Central Park|
We’ve already told you how to survive a New York winter, and what coats, boots, and scarves look fashionable, but what about how to survive the “Polar Vortex?” When I first heard the term, I thought this couldn’t be real. Whose idea was it to name every new weather pattern in the US?
Gone are the simpler times: phrases like “coldest day of the year” or the “blizzard of 2010” were all we needed to remember a deep freeze or how long it took us to shovel out. But according to Wikipedia, this term is real and also known as an “arctic cyclone” or a “frigid twister.” Kind of sounds like a bad 1980s rock band.
Now that we’ve officially experienced a Polar Vortex in various parts of the country, including New York City, I can honestly say that the only thing I will remember is how bundled up I was for a single 15-minute dog walk –– the only time I ventured outside in 36 hours –– and that I was still nearly hypothermic. Sorry, Bogey. I’ll make this up to you in May.
|Bogey doesn’t seem to mind the cold.|
I prepared. I dressed properly. And still, I froze. The gusts threw me down West End Avenue, and stupidly, I cut over to Riverside Drive (the windiest street in New York City), and I lasted only one block. Running.
|9 degrees is painful.|
New Yorkers bundled like I’ve never seen. Some, in fact, were faceless. Completely covered with layers of hats, scarves, hoods, and other cold-weather paraphernalia, frail women (I assume these were women) headed to their destinations in haste. Ladies were on a mission to get warm. Children ran hand in hand with their nannies; delivery men wore bright red faces as they unloaded their double-parked trucks and vans. I noticed a few other dogs out on their walks, looking snappish. Rambunctious pups had no desire to be on the streets, either.
After a brisk 12-15 blocks, Bogey and I made our way back to the warmth of our apartment. Steam heat, I will never take you for granted again.
I have no list of survival tips for this Polar Vortex, no secrets, no nothing. Well, actually one: Don’t go outside unless you must. And when you do, wear garments like these below plus leggings or other warm pants (and undergarments!), and get back inside as quickly as you can.
Spring is on Thursday, March 20, which is only 70 days away.
|Uniqlo Heattech shirt and leg warmers with thick cotton socks from Duane Reade|
|Another layer over Heattech|
|Poofy hooded down coat with wool scarf, hat, and two pairs of gloves|
|“Passion” waterproof boots from La Canadienne–warmest ever.|
|All this, and still freezing?|