By: Abigail Weit
I’ve been living in New York City for over two and half years now. That means three out of the ten seasons I’ve lived here have been winter, and even in those nine months I haven’t been able to pinpoint all of my favorite locations, moments and memories. There are so many amazing places to visit for photos in the city; [somehow] I was able to narrow down 5.
City Bakery: City Bakery in Flatiron - If you are anything like me, then you are constantly craving a cup of cocoa once the temperature dips below 50 degrees (Okay, maybe 40). This place is sure to warm up any snowy afternoon with it’s delectable hot chocolate and fluffy, homemade marshmallows. Yep, they’re homemade, along with everything else in this place. Fair warning, though… This stuff is lethal. It’s so chocolaty I swear it probably has 4 melted chocolate bars in one cup. I always share with a friend or a date. Let’s be honest, this cup of cocoa doesn’t have a bad side.
The Plaza Hotel: The Plaza Hotel - Whether you were an Eloise fan or a Home Alone fanatic, this place is legendary. When I walk in, I can’t help saying to myself, “Credit Card? You got it.” (see: Home Alone, Lost in New York). The lobby is covered in Christmas cheer, and don’t forget to have a drink at the Rose bar. It’s incredibly romantic. Not to mention, the last time I was here I saw Miley Cyrus, Bill Murray and a Yankee’s Player that I didn’t recognize. It’s practically begging for a photo op.
The Bethesda Terrace and Fountain: The Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park - If venturing into Central Park scares you (and it scares everyone because it’s so huge!) the one spot you need to visit is the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. This is the most iconic area of Central park and so quintessentially New York that you will feel like you’re in a movie. When it snows, it’s feels like you’re in a snow globe—surrounded by street lanterns, large ascending staircases, a frozen pond, and of course, nature. If you’ve never been there, you’ll immediately recognize it from its social media fame.
The Brooklyn Bridge: The Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park - If you haven’t walked the Brooklyn Bridge, now is the time to do so. With the weather a little cooler than some folks enjoy, it’s slightly less crowded and the crisp air is so silent when you get to the middle of the Bridge, it’s breathtaking. I would suggest taking a walk at night, to see the city light up the night. Finishing your evening all bundled up in a cozy bar in the outskirts of Brooklyn Heights while enjoying the view of this incredible city—who doesn’t throw a like to a photo of the skyline?
Houston Street: Lower East Side - This one may seem a little odd, but I have never been surrounded by so many Christmas trees than walking down Houston. While these Christmas trees are naked, and waiting to be bought, the smell of pine is overwhelmingly sweet and whisks you away into a winter wonderland. At night, the signs for the tree stands lit up the sidewalk and it makes you feel like you’re home. It’s the best place to snap a quick pic of tree without the hustle and bustle of Rockefeller Center.
Even though these are just 5 of millions of different places, I think we all can agree that New York is at it’s very best in the wintertime.