What to Do When it Snows in New York City



If you come to New York City between December and March, be prepared for snow. It could be anything from a light coating to a severe accumulation, which may cause businesses to close, create dangerous driving conditions and keep the majority of New Yorkers stuck inside their apartments.

When visiting NYC during winter, keep an eye on the forecast, check MTA.info for transit updates and call businesses to make sure they're open. As a general rule though, New York stays open during snow and residents take full advantage, opting for either a fun indoor activity, exciting outdoor sport or both:

Chelsea Piers
What better way to beat the winter chill than by working up a sweat? This gigantic sports complex offers more than 20 indoor activities, including ice hockey and rock climbing, and a passport lets you try some for only $60. When it comes time for lunch, head for on-site options 'wichcraft (for sandwich or soup) or Famous Famiglia (for pizza). They've even got their own salon and spa (Paul Labrecque) should all that activity mess up your hair.

The Uncommons
Billing itself as "Manhattan's first and only board game cafe," the Uncommons offers games any child of the pre-Internet era will remember, such as Clue, Monopoly, UNO and Jenga. There have also reportedly been Brony (that would be male My Little Pony fans) gatherings here. To keep that old-school vibe going, the Greenwich Village cafe features pizza bagels just like Mom used to make (or microwave), and $5 entitles you to all the gaming fun you can handle, making this one cool - pardon the pun - bargain.

Museum of the Moving Image
Museums and movies are popular snow day choices, and here you can have both for one low price ($12). Created in 1988 on the site of an old Astoria, Queens movie studio complex, MOMI is dedicated to the art of film, television and video games. This is a great choice if you're traveling with kids. This winter it's all about the cartoons, highlighting the careers of animation giants Chuck Jones (of Bugs Bunny fame) and Bill Plympton. Two quick tips: The film schedule changes daily, so consult their site before you go, and the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Dominique Ansel Bakery
You may not have heard of Dominique Ansel, but you've definitely heard of his most famous creation, the Cronut, a doughnut-croissant hybrid so popular even Dunkin' Donuts felt compelled to make a knockoff. It's tough to get your hands on the genuine article due to its insane popularity but head to the Soho bakery on a snow day and you may well find the crowd has thinned a bit. At the very least, you can order some hot chocolate to keep you warm.

Central Park
Instead of hiding from the snow, why not embrace it by heading to Central Park, where you can partake in a variety of cold weather activities? Cedar Hill on the East Side is one of Central Park's most popular places for sledders, and you can also cross-country ski on the Great Lawn or Sheep Meadow so long as the snow is at least six inches deep. Another option? Ice Skating at the Trump Rink ($11.25 Monday through Thursday and $18 on Friday through Sunday, plus $8 skate rental).

Gena Hymowech is a freelance writer (GO Magazine, Lambda Literary) and a lifelong New Yorker. Follow her on Twitter.