winter in New York
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Apr 12, 2013 4:57 PM Last Post By: Powerlurker
Apr 7, 2013 4:43 AM
winter in New YorkHello, I'm from Australia and I'm organizing a holiday to NY for Christmas 2013 and just wanted to ask few questions. Experiencing a white Christmas is always something I have wanted to do and was hoping by coming to NY at Christmas time if this might happen. I did however wonder if it snows always through the holiday season every year or is it only occasionally? I grew up watching movies with wonderful scenes of NY Christmas and wonder if this is actually how it is there or not? I also was wondering if attractions such as Coney Island, central park zoo and alike are open throughout this time? I was unsure as I didn't know if weather effects them and if they are open would we still enjoy visiting them? I know it will be cold but I'm not worried about that. I had also heard to stay in log island city?. Is this a good idea? I have no worries traveling into heart of new York as long as it is easy and not expensive. I think I was told its a easy subway ride? I have no interest paying a fortune to stay somewhere as I would rather stay somewhere simple then use cash for sight seeing. Does the subway all hours in case had to catch it late at night? and would that be safe?
Apr 7, 2013 4:59 AM
That's not to say everything will be open in winter (Luna Park, for example, will be closed for the season).
Apr 7, 2013 8:56 AM
2Where I live (very close to NYC) probably 20-30% of my neighbors work there.
Snow on Christmas is a rare feature but it does happen. When it does, it is absolutely fantastic. I have no doubt about why they include it in so many films.
The Bronx Zoo is way better than the Central Park Zoo which should be thought of as an easily accessible, though second- or third-tier substitute.
The rides at Coney Island will be closed, although a walk on the beach etc. can be quite bracing. There is a nearby aquarium, which involves some outdoor walking but is quite worthwhile.
I live on Long Island, there is nothing to see in Long Island City, but if you find a good hotel deal there, go for it.
The subway is open late. It used to be dangerous late at night, now it is just kind of a “don’t be stupid” sort of place.
Anytime you can take the LIRR instead of the subway, know that it will cost more and be a LOT quicker.
Apr 7, 2013 9:35 AM
Apr 7, 2013 10:13 AM
4You can't guarantee snow on Christmas in NYC. Movies usually are done on sound stages with fake snow.
The zoos will be open. Coney Island rides will not. The aquarium will be open.
The subway runs 24/7 but there are fewer trains in the over night hours. Use common sense and you'll be fine. I've take then subway as late as 2am and been fine.
If you can get a nice place to stay in LIC that is close to the subway, go for it. Take advantage and explore Queens.
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