After all of the cold and snow we’ve had this winter, all of us in the Urban Edge office are anxiously awaiting spring. It seems like right now we’re getting teased… a day or two of warmth, followed by more cold and/or ugly weather. Lauren has put together a list of some of her favorite things to do in NYC until spring is sprung.
“I moved from Hong Kong to New York in August last year, and was very excited to experience my first New York winter. After many snow storms, constant below zero temperatures, and having to reapply hand cream numerous times a day, I’ve decided I’m completely over winter and the cold. I’m anxiously awaiting spring, but am told I shouldn’t put my down jacket away for at least another month.
Trying not to let the weather get me down, I’ve been working hard to find productive ways to pass time until it’s nice enough to comfortably take a stroll through Central Park and to eat a ‘shroom burger at Madison Square Park’s Shake Shack without losing feeling in my fingers.
Top 5 Productive Ways to Kill Time While Waiting for Spring:
- Plan a trip! I recently visited friends in DC, and spent a good amount of time researching and making restaurant reservations prior to the trip. Sometimes (more often than not) I wish there were more meals in a day.
- Go to the spa! There is such a wealth of discounted massage and mani-pedi deals now thanks to the numerous social buying websites. One of my favorite sites is Lifebooker. I recently snagged a one hour Swedish massage for $39.
- Head to a museum! I’m personally not that interested in art, but there are other great museums to visit: The American Museum of Natural History in the Upper West Side, The Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side, an apartment building that previously housed thousands of immigrants, and The New York Aquarium in Coney Island. I attended boarding school in Monterey, California, and took a Marine Biology class for the sole purpose of getting to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium every Friday.
- Eat a bowl of ramen! There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of soup noodles. Menkui Tei in Midtown West has decent ramen for very reasonable prices (around $7 or $8 per bowl), Ippudo is very popular but expensive at $13 to $15 per bowl (although the appetizer dish of hirata pork buns are to-die-for and make the hour-plus wait and expensive prices worth it), and I’ve also heard many great reviews about Totto Ramen in Hell’s Kitchen.
- Ice skate! Since the snow and rain have held off for now, it’s a great time to take advantage of the skating rinks around the city before bidding winter an official good bye. Admission is $10-$14 for adults at the Rink at Rockefeller Center, and $12 (+$3 skate rentals) for adults at the Standard Hotel. The Standard Hotel rink also has a nearby food cart called Apres Skate, serving hot chocolate, onion rings and hot dogs!”
Sounds good to me. OK, maybe not the ice skating thing. Brings up bad childhood memories of falling on my… you get the picture.