Think of available Broadway tickets, queue-less entry to museums, more than enough elbow room in Greenwich Village and SoHo and low airfares and best hotel deals with free nights thrown in. These are just some of the things you are going to get when you visit New York in winter.
New York is a place that is notorious for being very cold during winter, but dressing up in layers will do the trick, so you can easily adjust your clothing when you change environments. Good shoes are necessary to avoid slipping on the ice as well as keeping your toes toasty warm.
There are still several things to do in New York City when winter sets in, complemented by plenty of twinkling and glowing lights and holiday colors set against a wintry white background.
What’s more traditional than skating at Central Park when you are in New York during winter? Well, that was the tradition about a century ago, when almost everyone goes to the Park’s Great Rink. Today, the norm is to skate at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center and have your photo taken in front of the golden statue of Prometheus. The price is still touristy but it can be worth it. For a change of scenery and better skate and rental prices, go to the larger Wollman Rink, located at Central Park’s southeastern corner. Bryant Park on the other hand has lovely surroundings and the skating is free. You only pay for skate rental.
New York in winter is still abuzz with things to see and do and some of them are free. At the Radio City Hall, the studio celebrates is annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular with its flying Santa and the synchronized kicking of the Rockettes. Aside from the Christmas sale in almost all department stores and other shops in New York, you’ll also be mesmerized by the quality and creativity of the displays each major store comes up with. Join the annual Latke Festival for a taste of Jewish comfort food, listen to all types of music performed by participants of the Make Music New York Winter or sit on a zero gravity chair as you watch the hypnotic and enchanting light show of the modern sculpture called Buckyball at Madison Square Park. For something cultural, catch one of the performance nights of the Kwanzaa song and dance festival.
If you want to shop, wait for the weekend Brooklyn Winter Flea. With more than a hundred vendors participating, you’re likely to find what you need. It is housed at the old 37-floor art deco building of Williamsburg Savings Bank, which has been renamed Skylight One Hanson.
New Year’s Eve in NY
If you are staying through the New Year, the penultimate experience for a wintry New York visit is of course the Times Square Ball Drop, a tradition that was started in 1907. It’s definitely an exciting and exhilarating activity which knows cultural boundaries. Joining the millions of people who want to claim a space inside the pens put up by the NYPD is an experience in itself. It’s a pity there are no portable restrooms available. The regulations states that anyone can leave the pen at any time but will not be able to reenter.
This is just a preview of the myriad of things you can do in NYC. New York City in winter is still a place filled to the brim with numerous activities for everyone, more than enough to fill this page. You’ll definitely forget the cold once you get going.
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