LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY: Ultimate Winter Travel Guide

LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY: Ultimate Winter Travel Guide


no matter how many times you have been
to New York the city can always overwhelm you with the crazy amount of
things to experience but what is there to do in New York City during the winter
my name is Eric Conover and in this video I’m going to share with you my
comprehensive expert list of the top things to do
when living or visiting in New York City during those long cold winter months number one on my list is visit the
Rockefeller tree the Rockefeller tree is a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and the
750,000 that daily visitors expected the first tree was put up in the 1930s
during the Depression era construction of Rockefeller Center when workers
decorated a small 20 foot tall fir tree this year’s tree is a towering 72 foot
tall Norway spruce from the town of wallkill New York the tree is lit either
during the first week of December or the last week of November and stays up until
January 7th and when the tree is taken down the lumber is donated to Habitat
for Humanity now the best times to visit the tree are super early in the morning
or very very late at night as it’s the most visited spot in New York during the
holiday season oh thank you I’ve actually fallen over
there right now the Rockefeller tree is definitely something that everyone
should experience at least once in their lifetime next on my list right across
from Rockefeller Center is the Saks Fifth Avenue the tradition started in
2004 and has continued now for over two decades the theme this year is the
theater of dreams and it was worked on for about ten months leading up to the
installation with nearly 200 people working on the project the light show
made my list mainly because it’s right across from the tree although it’s not a
personal favor of mine it’s for sure a must-see
if it’s your first time in New York City during the holiday season number three
on my list is ice-skating now there are three main rinks to skate on during the
winter season the most iconic is the woman rink in Central Park the rink was
opened in 1949 and it’s been a fixture in New York City culture ever since yeah hands down the best thing to do New
York City in the winter go to Central Park go ice-skating there’s nothing
better than this pricing and operating hours vary so make sure to pause right
now and screenshot this next clip the second is the rink at Rockefeller Center
skating here is on a first-come first-served basis which means that some
days you might have to wait a very long time and during peak holiday hours it
costs $33 to enter and eight dollars to rent skates and my personal favorite
rink is the winter Village at Bryant Park this is the only free ice-skating
rink in the entire city but it’s not technically free skate
rentals will cost you twenty dollars large bag check $15 and $10 for a locker
the winter village is open 8 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. daily through March
3rd it’s just about 8 o’clock in the morning and my number one tip for Bryant
Park get here early if you come here around 4 5 o’clock in the evening this
place is packed you won’t even be able to see the ice but right now you’ve got
the place yourself lots of people enjoying the beautiful New York weather
if you can’t make it there that early and you don’t mind the crowds there is
nothing like going for skates surrounded by the towering buildings of midtown
Manhattan after a few hours of ice-skating out in the cold warm up with
some world famous hot chocolate at the next spot on my list the city bakery hey
could I have a hot chocolate please on a marshmallow test a place with a combined
141 years of baking experience City Bakery is my go-to spot during the
winter the hot chocolate is an exquisitely rich tree crafted from an
assortment of dark chocolate bars and dairy from farms mostly located in
upstate New York topped off with a gigantic homemade marshmallow here we
have the world-famous hot chocolate from the city bakery you can’t even really
call this hot chocolate it’s more like a chocolate soup you dip in the pretzel
croissant into the hot chocolate and enjoy we get the salt from the the
pretzel croissant you get the notes at the cocoa of course
the homemade marshmallow which is kind of hard to break apart you need like a
fork to really get into this thing the best way to warm up in the city on a
cold day now if you’re really trying to go all out with the holiday spirit head
it to the next spot on my list Rolf’s Christmas bar it’s a snug German
restaurant and bar with an old-world vibe and it’s known around the world for
its elaborate holiday decorations but don’t be surprised to see a line down
the block busy is an understatement just to show you how packed this place
actually gets I’m gonna try to walk back through the bar so making my way back
through the decorations excuse me Rolf’s was so packed that we headed down the
street to patti McGuire’s Ale House the drinks are offs for a beer
$18 here nine dollars half off you still get that good New York City Christmas
vibe without the crazy amounts of tourists my protip go to Ralph’s check
it out look at all the decorations then leave it go to pati McGuire’s Ale House
and actually kick back relax have a few drinks with friends and truly enjoy that
New York City holiday feeling another alternative to keeping warm at during
the long cold winter months is with some of the best ramen that New York City has
to offer we are now at Jun men ramen right in the heart of Chelsea and the
reason why I love this place especially during the winter is the fact that it’s
so cozy it’s basically a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that just
happens that world-class ramen it is the perfect bar to get all nice and cozy and
watch the snow fall outside on the streets or if you’re feeling adventurous
the best way to enjoy in New York City during the cold winter months is to
fully embrace it and explore the city during a snowstorm on average New York
City gets around 3 feet of snowfall per winter season there’s really nothing
quite like that first snowfall in the city the snow itself sort of acts to
absorb most of the sound and the city can become completely
silent hold your breath make a wish countess this is the Magic Hour in New
York City during the snowstorm city’s pretty much shut down once it starts
getting dark people come out people start drinking they go on the snow
everyone’s happy had become kids again it just transforms the city and it makes
for a very very unique experience if you found this video valuable consider
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