Photo Friday: New York Blizzard

We've all heard people talk about trips that were "ruined" by bad weather, and of course you never know what might happen when you travel. Still, there's usually some way to salvage any vacation (in part by allowing enough time that a day or two of weather or illness doesn't derail your plan entirely).

Enjoying the Snow in Manhattan (Blizzard 2003)
Enjoying the Snow in Manhattan (Blizzard 2003)

This is one of my favorite photos from New York. A huge blizzard swept in during our vacation, shutting down the city almost entirely. Offices were closed. The museums were closed. Most shops were closed. Taxis stayed home and people went cross-country skiing down 5th Avenue. This "mountain" is right across the street from Saks!

Were we dismayed? No. We wandered the city checking out all the action, waltzed into a wonderful restaurant for dinner (most diners had canceled) and cuddled up in our hotel room. We'll have another chance to visit the museums.

A storm like this would have been debilitating for most cities, but not New York. The next day the roads were cleared and everything was up and running again almost as if the blizzard had never happened.

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  1. Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish on February 4, 2010 at 10:43 p.m.

    Wow! A mountain in front of that you made the most of it and that you were able to get dinner without reservations :)

  2. Monna on February 4, 2010 at 10:48 p.m.

    I love this post and I just adore that huge pile of snow. Within the travel blogger community (and, perhaps, the general population of the northern seaboard of the USA/Cana), there seems to be a wistful yearning for warmer tempertaures but as someone who has lived away from my "home and native... snow" for more than a decade, this image made me really happy. (And a little wistful!) Thanks for the treat.

  3. TheWordWire on February 5, 2010 at 2:33 a.m.

    That looks like one fun pile of snow. The fact that it's in the middle of the city somehow makes it more irresistible to want to climb! Thanks for sharing - Happy travels.

  4. Mara Gorman on February 5, 2010 at 4:54 a.m.

    Awesome photo and attitude. We're getting ready for a ton of snow this weekend, so I look forward to taking a similar picture in our neighborhood!

  5. Sarah V. on February 5, 2010 at 6:53 a.m.

    As wonderful as the museums are, I bet your kids will remember that NYC trip more than any of the others. What a great and unique travel experience!

  6. jessiev on February 5, 2010 at 12:35 p.m.

    WHAT a great photo!!

  7. Sofia on February 5, 2010 at 12:37 p.m.

    I wish that was the case in my home city Gothenburg. It's the same every year; We get snow that turns into brown slush after one day and ice on the roads that never melts.
    Traffic is chaos, trams, buses, all public transport breaks down.
    Yet every time they all act surprised as if they never saw it coming...

  8. Debbie on February 5, 2010 at 7:49 p.m.

    Thanks all!

    Sofia, it's like that here in Seattle too. The snowstorm last year incapacitated the city for over a week. Apparently the roads around the Mayors house were plowed frequently, but the major thoroughfares were not, and people like me who live on minor streets within the city limits didn't get plowed at all.

  9. Andy Hayes | Sharing Travel Experiences on February 7, 2010 at 11:07 a.m.

    Wow - that is a LOT of snow. *bulging cartoon eyes*

    I am so glad we don't get that kind of stuff here :)

  10. Nomadic Matt on February 16, 2010 at 10:02 p.m.

    that is a lot of snow.

  11. Dusty on November 26, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.

    I just hate snow , it ruins my day.