Today was an official Snow Day in New York City. They made the decision to close the schools the day before, because the threat of the storm was so bad. Or maybe it was because we’ve hardly had any snow this winter, and the city was ready to embrace it. As you can see, it certainly snowed and at times it snowed very hard. But it was nothing too serious — I mean, it’s not like we live in D.C. or anything.
Fresh snow in New York City is beautiful, especially because there are so many interesting nooks and crannies for it to get into. But the problem is that the snow does not stay nice for very long. What makes New York City is so great is that unlike the sterile downtowns of many American cities and unlike the antiquated historical centers of many European cities, people actually live here. With lots of dogs. And lots of buses, cars and trucks. So the snow usually turns into an ugly mess by the next day. But it’s gorgeous while it lasts!
Central Park (pictured above — that’s the Metropolitan Museum to the right) is always the first place in NYC to transform into a Winter Wonderland and it stays that way the longest. This morning, I went to Central Park to enjoy the snowfall and found plenty of others doing the same.
Then I spent the rest of the day inside, only to venture out when it was already dark. The snow hadn’t stopped — it still hasn’t stopped. Luckily, I was going to the Carnegie Hill section of the Upper East Side, which is one of the prettiest neighborhoods around, snow or no snow. It’s also a quiet neighborhood, so it was the ideal canvas for some snowy scenes.