After the messy piles of slush finally melted (thanks Blizzard Jonas), it seems we only had a few days of dry streets before another snowfall arrived in New York on Friday morning.

Thankfully, this one was the kind of dream made of gently falling snowflakes and crisp windless air. About an inch of snow evenly covered the curved, black iron gate that surrounds the central fountain in Madison Square Park.

The gray sky was still so foggy, you could barely see the majestic Empire State Building which normally stands crystal clear behind the park trees.

Snow in Madison Square Park

If you’re in NYC and it happens to be snowing, here are some tips on what to do to still enjoy your time!

These are the best things to do in NYC when it snows:

  • Go sledding or build a snowman in Central Park. The park transforms into a winter wonderland after a fresh snowfall. Just watch out for areas that are off limits.
  • Ice skate at one of the many rinks in NYC, like the one at Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park. The snow provides a perfect backdrop.
  • Visit the holiday markets that pop up around the city, like the Columbus Circle Holiday Market or Union Square Holiday Market. The snow adds to the festive atmosphere.
  • See the famous NYC landmarks covered in snow. It’s a rare treat to see sights like the Brooklyn Bridge or Times Square dusted in white.
  • Check out a museum or art gallery. The Met and MoMA are great options for avoiding the cold while enjoying culture.
  • See a Broadway show. Broadway is magical during the holidays and a snowstorm makes it even more memorable.
  • Go shopping in cozy stores like shops in SoHo or department stores like Bloomingdale’s. You can warm up inside while browsing.
  • Drink hot cocoa or coffee at a cozy cafe while people watching the snowfall from the window. Cafes are perfect spots to take a break from the winter weather.
  • Stay at a hotel overlooking a snowy Central Park and enjoy the view from your warm room. Order room service and relax.

The key is dressing warmly in layers, wearing waterproof boots, and taking public transit to avoid driving in the snow. And don’t forget to take in the beauty of NYC covered in white!

Snow in Madison Square Park
Snow in Madison Square Park

To compare, here’s a snap from Blizzard Jonas, which shut down the city temporarily:

Blizzard Jonas NYC Madison Square Park

Looks like winter is here to stay for now. It seems like just yesterday I was walking through Miami Beach in 80+ degree weather, on my way to the many art fairs that take over the city at the end of December… Summer can’t come soon enough!

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