New York has its share of bad weather. Rain, snow, or heat, here’s how to keep yourself entertained.
If you’re in denial about the weather
Sure, it’s disgusting outside, but if it’s between September and May, you can still find yourself in a garden surrounded by butterflies.
It’s a lush garden in an office building.
The grounds may be soggy or scorched, but the greenhouses are still lovely.
Ignore the outdoors and go back in time on one of the vintage subway cars.
If you’re looking for culture
It’s cliche for a reason. The MET is giant and has a cafe, so you can stay in the building from open to close. Or longer, if you want to re-enact the adventures of Claudia Kincaid.
Yes, it’s smaller than the MET. In fact, it’s only a quarter of its originally intended size. But it’s still huge and awesome and can easily fill a whole day. Plus, it’s not as stuffy as the MET.
The Paley Center for Media is a treasure trove of television shows, radio shows, and commercials.
Go to the movies
Find a good book
If you can’t sit still
Play some shuffleboard, drink some beer, hit the food trucks, and pretend you’re on a cruise.
Golf, rock climbing, ice skating, bowling — there are lots of things that don’t require a membership. I didn’t even know indoor sand volleyball was a thing.
Board games, ping pong, and jazz seem like a weird combination to me, but everyone’s obsessed with it. I guess beer brings it all together.
If you want to live it up
Video games, but social
Get your drink on at Barcade and play all the arcade games you want.
Yes, there are lots of flagship department stores in New York, but there’s only one Bergdorf Goodman.
Live in Chelsea
Go to tea
The Ritz Carlton has a good afternoon tea, as do plenty of other places in Manhattan.
If you’re looking for New York
Loiter in a diner
Find the cheapest diner, grab a booth, and enjoy the show as it unfolds around you.
Sure, no New Yorker would be caught dead in Times Square, but there’s something magical about the deserted, slightly post-apocalyptic experience of Times Square in the rain.
Ride the subway
The subway in bad weather is somehow quintessentially New York. It floods, it’s got extreme temperatures, and everyone’s ornery. Take the N to the end of the line, get drinks at Coney Island, then take the B back to Manhattan. Take the 7 out to Flushing. Watch the sunset from the M on your way over the Williamsburg Bridge.
Get to known Penn Station
Everyone else is enjoying the grandeur of Grand Central, but it’s Penn Station that’s really worth exploring. Pretend you’re on Survivor and see how many hours you can wander around Penn Station before you snap.
Ignore the weather
Just embrace that it’s gross outside. Don’t let it stop you. You do you.
Netflix and chill
If you want to be totally authentic, hole up in your hotel room, order takeout, and see what’s next in your Netflix queue.