New York snow, Wall StreetWhen my family and I go back to New York, it’s generally in the summertime when we all can manage longer holidays.

But two years ago, we did go back during the winter and enjoyed a big blizzard that stopped the subways from running and had one of the most beautiful cities in the world covered in piles of thick, white snow.

New York snowI know for New Yorkers who have to get into work, a big snowstorm during the workweek  is a nightmare. The subways, which run above ground in many of New York’s borroughs, are often not running their full route, and buses, cars and taxis are generally slipping along the streets or unable to turn into unplowed side streets.

But for visitors without a fixed time schedule, wandering the city blanketed in white is truly magical.

Morningside Heights, Harlem in the snow
Morningside Heights, Harlem buried under

And when the snow is piled so high that driving is almost impossible and you have cross country skiers making their way down the avenues and kids having snowball fights, it’s even better.

Yes, it’s New York, so soon enough that fresh, white snow will turn an ugly black. The streets and sidewalks will turn mushy and dirty and your coat will be splattered with the wet, urban grime.

But if you’re lucky enough to be visiting New York during one of those big snowstorms, pull on your boots, wrap yourself up and enjoy your walk through a city transformed. Take advantage of its beauty while the snow is still fresh and white and inviting. Watch the kids sledding in Central Park.

It’s great to see the city that never sleeps slow down to a snail’s pace after being blanketed by a major snowstorm. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of New York covered in white power. Soon enough the sparkling white flakes will turn to slush and the silence will be punctuated by cab horns and construction work.

Take a look at some of my earlier New York tips, including walking along the High Line, boarding the USS Intrepid and taking in a performance of Amateur Night at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater.

Central Park covered in fresh snow
Central Park covered in snow
8th Avenue, minus the traffic
8th Avenue, minus the traffic