A very snowy New York winter (and a sunny escape)

January 28, 2014 in New York City,Places

Life in New York lately has felt like one perpetual snow day: blizzard after blizzard, freezing temperatures and white skies and icy sidewalks. There are days when my fingers feel frost-bitten and no jacket seems quite warm enough (only to get inside the subway car or my office and be sweltering in long sleeves) and I curse my decision to ever leave California.

Christine Amorose in a blizzard, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

And then there are days when snowflakes are swirling outside your window, and you decide to take a walk in a winter wonderland (even though it’s beyond cold, and you forgot a hat, and your office is delightfully toasty). The streets are empty and the entire city is a canvas of pure, blissful snow: I sludged through the fresh powder in West Village and Washington Square to capture Snowstorm Janus on Instagram (before my phone turned itself off because of the chilly temperatures–yup, that’s a cold-first-world-problem thing). It was honestly one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in New York City–and proof that attitude truly is everything.

Washington Square in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

One of my favorite quotes–from one of my favorite books, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn–is: “Look at everything always as though you were seeing it for either the first or last time: thus is your time on earth filled with glory.” I had that spinning through my mind as I walked through Washington Square in the snow: how truly magical! I kept thinking about how easy it is to complain about the snow: it screws up your commute, it’s hideous once it turns all gray and sludgy and it’s just darn cold–but how incredible is it when it’s just fallen and it’s completely changed the entire city landscape (and rid the streets of people)?

Washington Square in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Washington Square in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Just a week before, I had popped by Washington Square and snapped a photo of the arch against soaring blue skies. What a difference seven days can make!

Washington Square in the snow, Processed using VSCOCam Snow  West Village in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset West Village in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I entered this photo into Passion Passport’s recent Instagram contest on “Where I Live”; I also recently contributed a piece to Passion Passport on grief and travel. Good people behind that site, and their Bucket List Initiative has to be one of the coolest things around.

West Village in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset West Village in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Central Park in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

On Sunday, I went out for brunch in Midtown (venturing out of Brooklyn on a weekend, which has become quite the rare occurrence) and then headed up to wander through Central Park post-snowstorm. It was every bit as beautiful as I’d imagined!

Central Park in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Central Park in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Central Park in the snow, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

As much as I’ve loved getting all bundled up and wandering around Central Park with this guy (reminiscent of snowy strolls in Montreal!), we decided to trade in the layers for a bit of sunshine. I surprised him with tickets to the Dominican Republic for his birthday a few weeks ago (thank you JetBlue TrueBlue + Amex program!), and even though I said I didn’t want to set foot in JFK this month: we’re en route to Santo Domingo tomorrow morning! We’re staying at Casa Bonita in Barahona (which was recently named one the New York Times’ 52 places to go in 2014–the day after we booked our ticket!), and I cannot wait to Instagram that infinity pool. Follow me on Instagram for real-time photos!

What’s your favorite photo of the snow in New York? 

  • I totally agree – when you catch it at the right moment, snow is definitely magical! And I had no idea that phones would turn themselves off if it got too cold – too funny.

  • These photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!! They are getting me even more excited about my upcoming trip to NYC. Have the best time in the DR!

  • These pictures are magic. Having said that, I think I will always prefer sunshine to snowflakes. Have so much fun on your trip! Living vicariously through your instagrams, per usual!

  • I don’t know how your California butt does it — I’m cold just looking at the pictures! LOL, but these photos are purttyyy.. 🙂

  • ps, have fun in DR! We’ve never been so I’ll be following closely and taking notes. 😉

  • Briel79

    Love these photos! The second photo is my favorite. I can just see that blown up on a wall. So gorgeous!

    Have a great trip!

  • Anđela Ćenan

    oh my God, look at that second photo! 🙂 I don’t usually like snow but I do like looking at beautiful photos like these when I’m all warm in my bed next to a cup of coffee 😛

  • Oui In France

    Ahhhh, I miss snow so much so thank you for getting me my fix. New York covered in snow is magical — now send some my way please!

  • These photos are just beautiful! There is nothing like that feeling of being out in a fresh snow, where familiar places look completely different and everything is soft and muffled.

  • camorose

    Ha! Not THAT funny–my phone has turned off twice in the cold, which is super frustrating. Especially when you’ve only traipsed out in the cold to take some photos for Instagram! 😉

  • camorose

    Oh yay! When will you be here?! Still in time for snow?

  • camorose

    The best is when you get some sun shining the day after the snow–it’s beautiful! 🙂

  • camorose

    Ha! Believe me, the key is layers and a good pair of boots 🙂

  • camorose

    Definitely some stories to tell 😉

  • camorose

    Right?! I need to figure out something to do with these images, I love them!

  • camorose

    That’s the best way to enjoy the snow–inside with a hot beverage 🙂

  • camorose

    Believe me, we’re getting enough this year to send it around the world 🙂

  • camorose

    So true! It was a beautiful snow storm.

  • Heather

    I just had a similar moment in Central Park, though I had to settle for heavy sleet instead of a proper snow storm. I love how peaceful the place feels nestled under a blanket of white.

  • camorose

    Yes! I think we have another big snowstorm coming in tomorrow–might have to head out to one of the parks to snap some photos of it 🙂

  • I wish it would snow in California!! I miss the snow.

  • camorose

    Haha from what I hear–you all NEED some snow or rain! Wish I could send this your way 🙂

  • Rebecca and the World

    The photos are gorgeous – but I can’t stand the cold!

  • camorose

    Yes–the snow is definitely more beautiful in theory than practice 🙂

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