Blizzard 2005

Whenever I mentioned to anyone that I was going to give NYC a try, without fail the immediate reaction was “but it’s so cold there!”

Erm. DUH!

Do you move to Phoenix and then complain about the heat? Do you move next to an airport and then complain about the noise? Nevertheless, millions of people make NYC their home and cope with the weather so why should I be any different? Sure, I had a brief holyfuckingshit moment when it hit 14 degrees in New Jersey, but the locals were dealing with it just fine. What right do I have to complain? Dress appropriately and multiply your travel time by two.

The blizzard was kinda interesting really. Rather strange to see the Saturday night streets turn into a ghost town…

Co-Op City

Garbage Plow

Grand Army Plaza, Central Park

Central Park

Christmas Lights

Admittedly, NYC didn’t get hit nearly as bad as Boston did, but for something billed as “Blizzard 2005!” in shouting-point font, it wasn’t that big of a deal. If anything, the biggest hassle of NYC is finding a job. My deadline is the end of January, so hopefully something will happen.

Anyway, time for a corned beef and swiss sandwich. I quickly realized that the best deli here is the one you’re currently eating at.

Author: Chris Barrus

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  1. The occasional cold spell notwithstanding, New York and the other mid-Atlantic areas (New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland) essentially aren’t that cold. Most of the time, it’s in the 30’s and 40’s, temperatures in which the average healthy adult can get by just fine with a sweater, decent jacket and perhaps a scarf. Boston, too, doesn’t get that cold most of the time, because it’s also on the water’s edge. If you want really bone-chilling, miserable cold that doesn’t relent, go to the upper Midwest and Plains–Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas. Chicago can drop to zero Fahrenheit, and below, and stay that way for weeks. In New Yo, on the other hand, the locals get excited whenever it drops into the teens, and that rarely lasts very long. The city also doesn’t get that much snow, because temperatures usually rise afterwards; that, in conjunction with the artificially generated heat, make avalanches and blocked doorways rather rare in Manhattan.

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