Beating the winter blues is always tough, especially on the weekends when you don’t have a good enough reason to leave your bed. Luckily, having a wonderful city like Manhattan at your fingertips puts a positive spin on the outlook of a cold and snowy winter. Rather than falling into seasonal depression, embrace what you can do during your winter weekends in Manhattan! If you are feeling cooped up in your heated home, and are looking to be active outside, take advantage of the many ice rinks in the area! The South Street Seaport has a beautiful rink and a great location right near the water. The festive lights and decorations, reasonable fares, skating lessons, the opportunity to purchase a membership pass, or ability to make group reservations, creates a pleasing atmosphere for skaters of all ages and abilities.
If you are trying to avoid the cold, what better way then to stay indoor and informed? Spend the day at on of Manhattans many museums trickled throughout the city! It is easy to dedicated a few hours or even a whole day to admiring the exhibits in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the American Museum of Natural History. If you are the type to be overwhelmed with the size of museums, shoot for a smaller scale one, such as the Lower East Side Tenement Museum or the Frick Collection. Although smaller in comparison to other NYC museums, they always offer fascinating collections that can keep you busy and out of the cold for hours.
Although a boat tour seems seasonally inappropriate, being inside a warm boat is a much better way to experience the greater Manhattan area. You’ll get the feel of being outside without experiencing the intensity of the windchill. Take this time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you during winters in Manhattan.
A cold winter in New York City is one of the best times for shopping, especially considering all the post-holiday sales that offer great savings. Although the Madison Avenue shops are always a good decision, they also make for a cold shopping trip. If you want to stay indoors and cover as much shopping ground as possible dedicate your spree to hours in the fabulous NYC department stores and the Shops at Columbus Circle.
Beat the winter blues with a Broadway play or musical! There’s no better way to shed your layers of warm clothing and winter accessories off to sit down and relax for a few hours. Whether it is a nighttime show or a matinee, you are guaranteed to have a great and warm time. If you don’t feel like spending the money on tickets to Broadway, but like the idea of warming up in a theatre, catch a movie! Warm Up at the Village East Cinema for a relaxing time and affordable ticket fares! Between winter activities, admiring what the city has to offer, appreciating the arts in Manhattan, and retail therapy, snowy Saturdays are sure to become one of the best and most productive parts of the week!
-by Deirdre McAndrew