There are tons of reasons to dread winter – having to scrape ice off windows and stock up on cold weather supplies “just in case,” if you own a car – buying snow tires, and the list goes on. In New York, besides the convenience of public transit and getting most anything delivered, there are a lot of other reasons to look forward to cold weather. Don’t believe it? I’m here to prove you wrong, Think about these reasons why you shouldn’t dread winter in NYC.
You can always stay warm on the subway. Not all subway cars are heated, but those that are offer perfect respite from the cold. Plus, waiting for a train on the subway platform gives you the chance to catch your breath and warm up – before you head back outside.
Cold weather fashion. That jacket you see in the window of Macy’s? It’s going to look great with a scarf and matching hat. Having all four seasons means that we can experiment with different looks in different weather. Fashion is fun – and getting excited to dress for the cold reminds us of that.
And there’s no such thing as too many layers. However many layers you’re wearing, somebody is wearing one more than you elsewhere, so don’t be afraid to bundle up. Trust us!
There’s coffee on every corner. If you’re looking for a drink to warm your insides, you’re never far away from a coffee shop, bodega, or market where you can get coffee. NYC definitely runs on coffee, and you’ll be grateful for that come wintertime.
Buildings have heated lamps! It’s a simple pleasure, but the feeling of warmth you get when you walk under a heated hotel awning is one of the best moments in winter. Also, many outdoor holiday markets have heated lamps to help you tolerate the cold while you shop.
There are several places to kill time (that are inside). Similar to how you’ll search for free AC in summer, there are tons of big stores and markets where you can find warmth in the winter. It’s a perfect hack for when you need to kill time and go holiday shopping.
Underground pathways make walking in NYC easier. While some of NYC’s concourses are well-known (like The Concourse at Rockefeller Center and the New York Public Library’s Underground vaults), there are still plenty to be discovered by everyday New Yorkers. They’re mostly part of the MTA transit system, but their presence in popular areas like Wall Street and Midtown makes them useful, especially in winter.
Holiday tourists create body heat. We’re not suggesting that you hug the first people you see, but you’ll be warmer in a crowd than you would be on the street by yourself. NYC is always full of people, but in the winter – more people is better than less.
A car is never too far away. No matter if you prefer Via, Uber, or just a yellow taxi – you can quickly order a car from your smartphone and ask the driver to turn the heat up as high as it can go.
Heat rises! There are plenty of NYC apartment horror stories, and one of the most common ones is living in a walk-up with four or more floors. Fortunately, heat rises – having a walk-up with a lot of stairs means a warm apartment in the winter.
For when it’s too cold or snowy to leave your apartment, there’s nothing better than watching the weather from your window. You don’t have to be outside to enjoy winter in NYC! Making yourself a cup of tea and watching the snowfall while bundled in a blanket is a quintessential NYC experience, and it’s like nothing else in the world.
Coffee photo by Teri Tynes of Walking of the Big Apple via Flickr. Rockefeller Center Concourse photo by London Road via Flickr.