View Full Version : Snow in the City - Frightful or Delightful?

December 5th, 2002, 02:47 PM
Most people enjoy a good snow storm, but when you're in a big city, cold and wet, and have to get around, it can be a living hell.

But there's also that unique excitment during a snowstorm in New York. Maybe because the transformation is so extreme: the sounds are muffled, the crowds are gone, the grime is buried beneath.

And people also seem to become transformed as often happens during any "crisis"; the every day urban guard comes down and the small town friendliness comes out. Take a walk through the unusually quiet streets to a local tavern and hunker down with the locals and strangers for the long haul during a snow storm. All I can say is...what a blast.

December 5th, 2002, 06:24 PM
I would also add that when it is snowing at night (as it is right now), the sky glow of Manhattan is greatly amplified, and skyscrapers are at their most mysterious.

December 5th, 2002, 06:46 PM
Mostly I think it blows

December 5th, 2002, 09:23 PM
I took my dogs for a walk in Central Park tonight. Getting to the park was messy, but once in the park it's peaceful and pleasant, the sky pink and the snow is such a rare occasion in New York.

Snow in Central Park (http://wirednewyork.com/parks/central_park/) and the pink sky of Midtown. 5 December 2002.


December 7th, 2002, 12:18 PM
I am scared to go into Central Park after dark, Edward -- but I imagine you can get a lot of good pictures there, especially in the snow. *I was thinking of doing the carriage ride and getting the guy to stop periodically ...

I tried for the first time putting my camera in a plastic bag, cutting a hole for the lens, and went out to see what I could get. *Unfortunately the bag had printing on it and it was hard to see what button I was pressing, so I have a lot of shots of my feet. *But there were some good ones too:

The big snowflake on 57th: *

Atlas, Sherman and Bethesda:

Central Park

December 7th, 2002, 08:18 PM
Great shots, Rube. *Although I don't know why you are afraid of going to the park at night, especially during the snowstorm, when the visibility for any potential criminal is near zero.

December 7th, 2002, 11:09 PM
Thanks, Eugenius!

I guess the muggers probably stay home during snowstorms ...

December 12th, 2002, 02:51 AM
I love seeing pictures of New York in a snowstorm. :) *From what I understand, NY does not get very much snow annualy, so it is not really a frequent event. It is pretty to look at though! *(According to popular entertainmet New York and London receive deep snow every Dec. 24th). *:biggrin:

(Edited by amigo32 at 3:00 am on Dec. 12, 2002)

February 18th, 2003, 11:12 AM
Another excellent snow storm! Washington Square Park was packed all day and night yesterday with people and dogs playing in the snow. Lots of buried cars, lots of stuck cars. You could walk right down the middle of Broadway since there was so little traffic, and it was somewhat plowed. The bars in my neighborhood did very well yesterday - what a blast!

February 18th, 2003, 12:13 PM
Im writing this from Palm Springs, CA. Good timing, good luck I suppose...

February 18th, 2003, 12:34 PM
We were driving home from Boston and had to pull over and get a hotel because we couldn't see a foot in front of us. Got stuck on the exit ramp but managed to get off. The only hotel there was a Hilton. I don't want to know what the price was.

I just finished shoveling out the steps and a bit of the front of the house and the snow around the house is 1-2 feet deep. There's a 7-8 foot drift blocking the driveway

February 18th, 2003, 01:53 PM
I'd like to add my suburban perspective. *I had a blast yesterday because the suburbs just completely shut down. *My car is just barely peeking out of a snow drift, so I walk wherever I have to go -- what was before a mundane walk is now a trek through a winter wonderland. *I'm well provisioned, and I have some good company, so let it snow. *

February 18th, 2003, 01:59 PM
Let it snow let it snow let it SNO-O-OW!

February 18th, 2003, 07:03 PM
Cool pictures from the NY Times:

http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2003/02/18/national/19snow.l.jpg Vincent Laforet
Central Park

http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2003/02/17/national/18snow_slide01.jpg Anne Stovell
Madison Avenue and 64th Street

http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2003/02/17/national/18snow_slide04.jpg AP Photo
In front of Saks

http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2003/02/17/national/18snow_slide05.jpg Vincent Laforet
86th St. and West End Ave.

http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2003/02/17/national/18snow_slide13.jpg Vincent Laforet

http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2003/02/17/national/18snow_slide11.jpg Adam Scher

Subways tunnels were sloppy, but service continued with only minor disruptions on most lines.

March 6th, 2003, 02:17 PM
Again, it is DUMPING outside!

October 22nd, 2005, 03:17 PM
When does the snow season start?

October 22nd, 2005, 06:59 PM
When it gets cold.

It can snow in Nov, but the average total for the month is less than an inch. Jan and Feb are the heaviest snow months.

October 22nd, 2005, 07:33 PM
If we're lucky we get some snow for Thanksgiving. Not a very regular occurance, but great when it happens since traffic is lighter and the streets stay white for a good part of the day.

October 24th, 2005, 10:13 AM
When does the snow season start?

When the rain stops.

October 26th, 2005, 03:31 PM
Snow in the city? Awesome times......everything becomes beautiful, until the next day, its brown slush you just wish would go away. But when it's falling....it's just great.

Lately we've been getting a lot of snow in December, but Jan and Feb are the most snowiest, we get snow in March too. A couple years ago we had an April snowstorm that postponed the Yankees home opener!

I'd say we get at least 5 good sized (3 or more inches) storms every winter.

Supercool Dude
October 27th, 2005, 10:33 AM
I'd rather stay here in the Bronx then go to Florida like my parents do each winter.

I hate Florida!

November 5th, 2005, 06:00 PM
I dont like Florida to live much either, its too damn hot. I love snow, although my friends tell me Ill hate it when it starts coming often. In Tennessee it didnt snow much at all, when it did it was gone within an hour after hitting the ground.

AA Institute
November 6th, 2005, 03:20 AM
Me and snow, we just go together... I wonder if it's got something to do with the fact that I was born in December???

Anyone seen the movie 'The day after tomorrow?' Awesome scenes with the ice sheets coming thick over NYC. I'm keeping an eye on those Time Square webcams, can't wait to see the first flurries fly down in the chilling breeze...:)


November 6th, 2005, 12:42 PM
^ Don't hold your breath -- it's 66 degrees F today, 70 yesterday.

Very odd for NYC in November ...

Gregory Tenenbaum
November 6th, 2005, 07:53 PM
Definately delightful. There are lovelier lovelies but nothing quite like Old New York in the snow...

And handy too if you like ice skating. Not so good for grass badminton.

November 27th, 2005, 11:40 AM
When the rain stops.