Browsing in the Cold


If you are one of those who enjoys winter–more power to you. The rest of us get through it, sometimes welcoming it, sometimes detesting it. As a California transplant whose husband never tires of telling me that New York has a moderate climate, not to be compared with Chicago or Boston in the winter, I have learned to live with it as have my dogs.

sheltienation(Source: sheltienation.com) Apparently the crossed paws indicate six more weeks of winter.

To embrace winter, however, means getting out and fortunately there’s lots to do in New York that’s fun and free. Rory and I bundled up and meandered over to Bryant Park

stepsto see their decked-out winter holiday market and to admire the folks who skate. Bryant Park ice rink 1This is New York at its Currier and Ives best. The shops were selected with qualitybryant park shops 3

and interest in mind. They’re not cheap but you are helping local artisans. bryant park shop 1

You can look at the fountain

bryant park fountain

or the statue of poet William Cullen Bryant

bryant statue1 (not to be confused with William Jennings Bryan–“Cross of Gold” thingy) and have a hot chocolate in a cafe overlooking the rink under outdoor heaters.ice rink cafe 1

Or you can lunch and dine in Bryant Park’s really nice cafe that has been enlarged for the winter.

Bryant cafe 1

There are other winter park-holiday markets erected for the season at Union Square and Columbus Circle as well as in all the other boroughs. According to mommypoppins.com, there are also indoor holiday markets in Long Island City, Inwood and Astoria–or find your own. But you get the idea. Dress up, get out and defeat your fear of winter. I like the term “zecoldphobia” coined by movethatbody.areavoices.com–that’s me all right, but I’m fighting the good fight every day.

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