Five Easy Ways To Bust The Winter Blues in NYC

Winter Scenery in NYC

It’s January, that time of year when it seems like spring’s first blossom may never arrive. Yes, you’re tired of putting on cumbersome foul weather gear to navigate slushy streets. It’s been a long and frigid season and it’s not over yet. What’s a New Yorker to do?

Take our advice, look winter straight in the eye and get out and enjoy yourself. Here are five easy ways to beat the winter blues.

Ice Skate at Rockefeller Center

rockefeller center ice skating

New York City is flush with fine ice skating rinks, but the quintessential Big Apple glide is on The Rink at Rock Center. It’s been a New York City tradition for 80 years and is still going strong. It’s open every day from 8:30 am – midnight, through mid-April.

If you’re down for a splurge with a view, book a post-skate table at the popular Sea Grill overlooking the rink. Watch the icy action while you dine on Chef Andy Bennett’s delectable cuisine.

How to get to Rockefeller Center:

  • Take the B, D, F and M to the 47th-50th Streets Rockefeller Center stop.

Shuffleboard in Brooklyn

royal palms shuffleboard

If you thought shuffleboard was the exclusive domain of senior citizens at your nana’s condo in Boca, Royal Palms is a game changer. Perhaps you’re not familiar with this cruise ship and retirement home favorite game? Players use cue sticks to push colored disks down a shiny wooden floor. The goal is to place the disks in a marked scoring area at the far end of the court. You’ll get a quick lesson from a pro, so newbies are welcome.

Ten indoor shuffleboard courts and two full bars, plus DJs and food trucks, make this place a bona fide hipster heaven.

Get here: Take the R train to Union Street.

Smell the Roses

new york botanical garden

Winter is particularly peaceful at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, with plenty of room to roam. If you’ve been coughing and sneezing all winter, Wild Medicine In The Tropics explores the medicinal plants used for health and wellness.

Get here: B, D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Station. Walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd. to the Mosholu Gate entrance. An alternative is Metro-North to Botanical Garden Station.

Climb a Rock Wall

brooklyn boulders climbing

Brooklyn Boulders is playground for the rock climbing community. It is the place to try your hand at climbing. Intro to Climbing is the class for first timers while Learn the Ropes is best suited to first time visitors with some climbing experience. Classes include gear rental and expert instruction. Plus, you can even hang out with your laptop.

Get here: Take the R train to Union Street for their Gowanus location or the F, E, N, and 7 to Long Island City for their Queensbridge location.

Blow it out

drybar salonA haircut is a dramatic a change but a temporary new hairstyle might be just the mood-booster winter requires. Head to one of Drybar’s scores of locations and luxuriate as one of their talented stylists blow-dries your luscious locks. You’ll be pampered all the way, starting with a glass of bubbly down to a scalp massage. With locations all around town, you’re never far from perfect hair.

If after exploring all these fun places, you find yourself drawn to the vibrant energy and endless opportunities of New York City, it may be worth considering long-term residency. Living in NYC offers unparalleled access to world-class cultural events, diverse culinary experiences, and a dynamic professional landscape. However, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making such a significant decision.

Consider factors such as the cost of living, housing affordability (check out Nestfully for more details), and quality of life amenities. While NYC offers unparalleled excitement and career prospects, it also comes with a higher cost of living compared to other cities. Additionally, the fast-paced lifestyle and crowded streets may not suit everyone’s preferences. Ultimately, whether you choose to make NYC your long-term home or continue exploring other destinations, trust your instincts and prioritize your happiness and fulfillment above all else.

Featured image courtesy of NYBG

Additional images: Patina Restaurant Group, Royal Palms, NYBG photo, Brooklyn Boulders and Drybar