LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY: Ultimate Winter Travel Guide

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no matter how many times you have been
to New York the city can always overwhelm you with the crazy amount of
things to experience but what is there to do in New York City during the winter
my name is Eric Conover and in this video I’m going to share with you my
comprehensive expert list of the top things to do
when living or visiting in New York City during those long cold winter months number one on my list is visit the
Rockefeller tree the Rockefeller tree is a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and the
750,000 that daily visitors expected the first tree was put up in the 1930s
during the Depression era construction of Rockefeller Center when workers
decorated a small 20 foot tall fir tree this year’s tree is a towering 72 foot
tall Norway spruce from the town of wallkill New York the tree is lit either
during the first week of December or the last week of November and stays up until
January 7th and when the tree is taken down the lumber is donated to Habitat
for Humanity now the best times to visit the tree are super early in the morning
or very very late at night as it’s the most visited spot in New York during the
holiday season oh thank you I’ve actually fallen over
there right now the Rockefeller tree is definitely something that everyone
should experience at least once in their lifetime next on my list right across
from Rockefeller Center is the Saks Fifth Avenue the tradition started in
2004 and has continued now for over two decades the theme this year is the
theater of dreams and it was worked on for about ten months leading up to the
installation with nearly 200 people working on the project the light show
made my list mainly because it’s right across from the tree although it’s not a
personal favor of mine it’s for sure a must-see
if it’s your first time in New York City during the holiday season number three
on my list is ice-skating now there are three main rinks to skate on during the
winter season the most iconic is the woman rink in Central Park the rink was
opened in 1949 and it’s been a fixture in New York City culture ever since yeah hands down the best thing to do New
York City in the winter go to Central Park go ice-skating there’s nothing
better than this pricing and operating hours vary so make sure to pause right
now and screenshot this next clip the second is the rink at Rockefeller Center
skating here is on a first-come first-served basis which means that some
days you might have to wait a very long time and during peak holiday hours it
costs $33 to enter and eight dollars to rent skates and my personal favorite
rink is the winter Village at Bryant Park this is the only free ice-skating
rink in the entire city but it’s not technically free skate
rentals will cost you twenty dollars large bag check $15 and $10 for a locker
the winter village is open 8 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. daily through March
3rd it’s just about 8 o’clock in the morning and my number one tip for Bryant
Park get here early if you come here around 4 5 o’clock in the evening this
place is packed you won’t even be able to see the ice but right now you’ve got
the place yourself lots of people enjoying the beautiful New York weather
if you can’t make it there that early and you don’t mind the crowds there is
nothing like going for skates surrounded by the towering buildings of midtown
Manhattan after a few hours of ice-skating out in the cold warm up with
some world famous hot chocolate at the next spot on my list the city bakery hey
could I have a hot chocolate please on a marshmallow test a place with a combined
141 years of baking experience City Bakery is my go-to spot during the
winter the hot chocolate is an exquisitely rich tree crafted from an
assortment of dark chocolate bars and dairy from farms mostly located in
upstate New York topped off with a gigantic homemade marshmallow here we
have the world-famous hot chocolate from the city bakery you can’t even really
call this hot chocolate it’s more like a chocolate soup you dip in the pretzel
croissant into the hot chocolate and enjoy we get the salt from the the
pretzel croissant you get the notes at the cocoa of course
the homemade marshmallow which is kind of hard to break apart you need like a
fork to really get into this thing the best way to warm up in the city on a
cold day now if you’re really trying to go all out with the holiday spirit head
it to the next spot on my list Rolf’s Christmas bar it’s a snug German
restaurant and bar with an old-world vibe and it’s known around the world for
its elaborate holiday decorations but don’t be surprised to see a line down
the block busy is an understatement just to show you how packed this place
actually gets I’m gonna try to walk back through the bar so making my way back
through the decorations excuse me Rolf’s was so packed that we headed down the
street to patti McGuire’s Ale House the drinks are offs for a beer
$18 here nine dollars half off you still get that good New York City Christmas
vibe without the crazy amounts of tourists my protip go to Ralph’s check
it out look at all the decorations then leave it go to pati McGuire’s Ale House
and actually kick back relax have a few drinks with friends and truly enjoy that
New York City holiday feeling another alternative to keeping warm at during
the long cold winter months is with some of the best ramen that New York City has
to offer we are now at Jun men ramen right in the heart of Chelsea and the
reason why I love this place especially during the winter is the fact that it’s
so cozy it’s basically a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that just
happens that world-class ramen it is the perfect bar to get all nice and cozy and
watch the snow fall outside on the streets or if you’re feeling adventurous
the best way to enjoy in New York City during the cold winter months is to
fully embrace it and explore the city during a snowstorm on average New York
City gets around 3 feet of snowfall per winter season there’s really nothing
quite like that first snowfall in the city the snow itself sort of acts to
absorb most of the sound and the city can become completely
silent hold your breath make a wish countess this is the Magic Hour in New
York City during the snowstorm city’s pretty much shut down once it starts
getting dark people come out people start drinking they go on the snow
everyone’s happy had become kids again it just transforms the city and it makes
for a very very unique experience if you found this video valuable consider
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  1. I'm an ex-pat native New Yorker and I loved your video. I lived mid-town for years and I loved the city, and it appears that you also love it. NYC is absolutely magical at Christmas Time. Even the natives are nice! Thank you for the reminder. BIG THUMBS UP!

  2. Great video. Love the snow storm footage. Shame about the marshmallow which is made from animal bones and the milk for the hot chocolate which was actually meant for baby cows and is a contributory factor to poor health in humans. Apart from that… loved it.

  3. If you're planning to move from Florida to NYC what would some good suggestions THANK YOU AND HAPPY NEW YEAR BTW!

  4. just like to point out, "You're year may vary. Ive been here two years, and winter 12/28/2018 has been the best one so far with the weather. I was actually able to go to Manhattan for New years ever and Christmas without a problem. The temperatures were between 30's and 50's, thats a good winter weather for New York.
     In comparison 2017 December we were seeing temperatures between 9 degrees and 25 degrees, huge difference. at the 10 degree Farenheit temperature, my hands were almost freezing in my gloves. I could barely walk around Manhattan, worrying I might hurt my bones or fall.

  5. I'm bingewatching the whole channel right now. Dreaming of living in NYC while doing this. BTW you should have more views, I like your content! Good job 👏🏻

  6. I been in NYC since early December n leave late January and it’s my first winter in New York and worried I may never see the snow before I go. Not even a spec of snow since I’ve been here! Will the snow gods answer my calls 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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  8. Great informative video. Thank you. Now how we stay warm during the winter in New York. And remain stylish. Which shoes? Comfortable, stylish and snow proof. A video on that would be gold!!

  9. Can someone please tell me how long the winter season last in NY? We plan to visit in early Feb, should we expect snow?

  10. How fun! Thanks for your videos. I've interviewed other great bloggers like you about their biggest traveling mistakes, do you identify with them? Tell me yours!

  11. 🤩Thanks for those advices, I’m planning to go to the city at the end of January, any suggestions since the holidays are pretty much over?

  12. This video popped up on my page and I clicked it, wanting to see how many tourist traps were on the list, but I get it, this video IS for visitors and he does a good job. Only suggestion, dude, do your voice over narrations in a smaller room to avoid the echo. It seems like you put a lot into these videos, but the echo in the voice overs comes across a bit amateur.

  13. I was unaware that the city could be silent in the snow. I must have been too busy hiding inside with a hot cocoa to notice…good reminder to get outside. Thanks. 🙏

  14. а где окраины города? где бомжи? как они празднуют ? – где ?- они не люди ??? – что вы отсняли центр кусками? . этому уже никто кроме вас самих американцев не верит – все знают что у вас есть богатые районы средние и нищие . – богатство и грязь и нищета – – есть очень много людей которые живут там в америке и показывают правду а не вымышленную ::сказку.::

  15. i loved this video. We used to live in Manhattan many years ago. i met my husband in Central Park. We had one son in New York, who learned how to walk on 5th Avenue in Midtown. Unfortunately we moved away. Thank you for making such a special video for us. Yes, those winter months were cold. The wind off the tall buildings was especially biting. My husband would carry the baby in the Snugli and put his down coat around it. We remember the Rockefeller tree and ice skating rink. Unfortunately we could never afford the fancy restaurants back then. We have lots of beautiful memories of New York City. Thumbs up on your special video!

  16. Hi Erik Conover, nice to know you, i really like your video about NYC. I am from China love NYC, I am learning English, i spent 3 hours to do dictation for this video but for some content i was unable to know the meaning, would you please share me the word for this video?

  17. New York at Christmas ! … How Romantic ! – Always wanted to visit NY and Xmas as always been my prefered time – Skating in Central Park – Staying over and bringing in the New Year ! – One Year Maybe… & trawling the record stores – Toy stores & landmarks !
    Thanks for sharing this !

  18. Seen quite a few of your million dollars apartment but this right here got me to subscribe. Good stuff. And what's the title of that music in the end. Just Perfect

  19. This video is edited so perfectly in every detail, that’s awesome!
    I’ll definately visit New York for Christmas within the next fear years after this.

  20. went last december for my 20th birthday. so much fun and beauty with christmas decoration and the ball at times square!

  21. THANK YOU for your super awesome videos; I show them to my tour groups coming to NYC! A great help to me! Clint – Broadway 20 Theater Group

  22. Hey Erik, I live in Europe and I want to visit NYC in January 9 – 24. The reason is because the fly is cheap. My Question is, is it still worth visiting NYC in January? I mean I would also like to see all the Christmas Lights and stuff, do they take them off after new year?

    Thank you

  23. Despite the crowds I still love going to MACY'S during Christmastime. You're right , whenever it snows there's a quietness that comes. 😁😁😁

  24. Love the video but man oh man if he says “do ring” again instead of “during”…….. I wonder where he’s from, can’t figure out his accent.

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