Today Winter Storm Jonas turned New York City into a whole new place. The blizzard gave New Yorkers a true day off and transformed Manhattan into a traffic-free Winter Wonderland. If only every day could be a snow day!
I’ve lived in New York for about six years now and I’ve never seen it the way I saw it during the Jonas blizzard. Instead of being the fast and busy place it always is, New York became relaxed and whimsical as the snowstorm blasted over Manhattan. With no non emergency vehicles allowed on the roads, everyone who was out on the empty streets of the city was there to play. Since there was no traffic, you could even walk and make snow angels in the middle of the street.
As I walked through the snowy city, I saw people making snowmen in Times Square, cross country skiing through the streets and enjoying the bliss of having nowhere they needed to be. If there’s anything I learned from this monumental blizzard it’s that New Yorkers need more snow days (we got around two feet of snow today) and that everyone needs a good North Face jacket. I’ve had mine for 10 years and it’s still going strong.
Ever since I was born, I’ve spent every Thanksgiving with my family in New Hampshire. This year, however, it was extra special because I went up with my boyfriend. After discovering that we both have family in New Hampshire, we decided to rent a car and go up together. We were supposed to leave on Wednesday night, but decided not to when we saw how bad the snow was getting. So we made the trek up to New Hampshire from New York City on Thanksgiving Day. In the midst of power outages across New Hampshire and holiday traffic, we made it to Ian’s grandmother’s house with time to spare before dinner. In true New England fashion, we had a wonderful dinner with my boyfriend’s family.
In the days after Thanksgiving, we enjoyed the beauty of the snow, spent time with both our families and took my Dad to see the Syracuse University vs. Boston College football game. I went to Syracuse so I’m not going to share the score. Though it was freezing, we still managed to watch the whole game in the stands. Having spent so many holidays and summers in New Hampshire, I already had tons of great memories there. This Thanksgiving weekend, I made even more.
Skiing has always been a socialite sport. After the entire Northeast was covered in snow this week, in true socialite style, I couldn’t help, but take to the mountains. So what’s everyone doing for New Year’s Eve?