New York covered in snow

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


  1. ledrakenoir on March 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Beautiful NY photos… 🙂

    • kimberlysullivan on March 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Yes, with all the fresh snow, NY looks sparkling clean! : )

  2. Catherine on March 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

    We were in Paris in January for fashion week and caught a few very snowy days and nights. Lovely! I lived in Paris for three years in my twenties and never managed to see snow in the city. It was quiet as a village, as you say.

  3. kimberlysullivan on March 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Oooh, I’m jealous. I’ve been so many times to Paris, but I’ve never seen it under snow. Glad you got to see it covered in powder!

  4. Julia on March 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Oh, yes! I had the chance to walk in New York when it was covered in snow in 2002. Beautiful pictures, Kimberly! Your kids look great. Talking of snow, we are blanketed in white here in Wisconsin… I love snow.

  5. kimberlysullivan on March 6, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Yes, I’ve heard the North has been getting a lot of snow this year! Have your kids become an expert shovelers, yet? It seems the snow has been conducive to your writing with all your recent publications. Brava!

  6. Claudia Haraway Handel on March 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hey Kimberly!! Was on your CC page and stumbled here. Just beautiful!! You’re spreading your writing talent around!! I’ll be back:))

    • kimberlysullivan on March 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      That’s sweet of you, Claudia! I’m so glad you stopped by.

  7. Claudia Cane on March 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Oops…here’s the writer me;) Off to your Q!

  8. […] For more tips on what to do in the Big Apple, see my earlier posts on strolling along the High-line, enjoying the views of the skyline from the aircraft carrier The Intrepid, eating at Dinosaur BBQ, taking in a  performance at the Apollo, and enjoying NY buried under the snow. […]

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