How to Survive Your First NYC Winter!
Whether it's your first NYC winter, or you just need a refresher - this one's for you!
As an international student from a tropical climate, a “white Christmas” seemed exclusive to movies and TV. So, moving to New York City for college, the winter seemed incredibly daunting, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. If this sounds like you–not to worry! Through trial and error, I have come up with a few tips and tricks for your first semester at NYU and how to survive a New York City winter!
1. Get Yourself Winter Ready
The key to enjoying your first NYC winter is having the proper gear. This seems like a basic tip, but this means investing in lots of warm clothing, not just a good coat! Everyone tells you to buy a coat, which I did, but I truly did not know how to layer during my first winter. So, not just a coat, but a hat, gloves, and boots to protect you from unforgiving elements. Earmuffs, scarves, and wool socks for good measure – listen to your mom; she knows what she’s talking about.
Or, you can test your tolerance and be that person who can walk around in the snow in a T-shirt and shorts!
2. Let the Subway be your BFF
Walking around the city sounds like a great idea, but trust us, you’ll want to use the subway when the weather takes a turn. It’s cheap, fast, and can get you anywhere you need to go. Plus, it’s a great way to stay warm and cozy.
3. Find Your Favorite Cozy Study Spot
The winter weather can make it hard to focus and get stuff done. But, have no fear. Plenty of cozy cafes and libraries around the city offer a warm and inviting atmosphere. Perfect places to study, work on projects or chill during winter. Some of my favorite spots on campus are Kimmel 7th-floor and the Stern 4th-floor lounge, and off-campus I love going to Pause Cafe in the Lower East Side.
4. Embrace Winter Fun
To me, this is the most important one! It’s easy to become a hermit in the winter and snuggle under your blankets till the spring. But just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. NYC has many outdoor ice-skating rinks and ski slopes where you can enjoy winter sports and activities. Get outside, get active, and have a blast in the winter weather!
In conclusion, surviving and thriving during your first NYC winter is about being prepared and taking advantage of all the city has to offer. So, bundle up, embrace the chill, and enjoy your first winter in the Big Apple!
PS: Winter lasts a long time, I thought the sun would come out by February, but be prepared to be bundled up till April!