Winter Walks: The Best Way to Experience Manhattan

Written By Joseph Lee | November 30, 2012
2019%2f09%2f13%2f12%2f16%2f11%2fc48350df dd2c 4fe7 9f0b 6716ca308c55%2ffile

December is almost upon us, and many New Yorkers are already dreaming of warm spring days. But if you can resist the temptation to hibernate in your Manhattan apartment, winter is one of the best times to experience New York City. The typically bustling streets grow calmer and more subdued with the snow and cold that comes with winter, allowing you to savor the beauty of the city. Three Manhattan locations perfect for a tranquil winter stroll are the High Line in Chelsea, Roosevelt Island, and St. Nicholas Park in Harlem.

Roosevelt Island, which many Manhattan residents do not even consider to be a part of the borough, offers a small respite from the crowds of Manhattan’s busier neighborhoods, despite being just a scenic tram ride away from Midtown East and the Upper East Side. Those who make this short trip will be rewarded by a peaceful walk within viewing distance of Manhattan’s distinctive skyline. The High Line, one of Manhattan’s most popular attractions, is a surprisingly quiet spot in the winter. The spring and summer tourist crowds have left, which transforms the park into a more secluded path that still provides its trademark combination of nature and the convenience and culture of its Chelsea neighborhood. Apartment owners and renters in the neighborhood should definitely take advantage of the diminished crowds to experience the park.

Further uptown, Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park is home to some of the best sledding in the city. The park also has a number of scenic trails, which wind their way through one of the more underappreciated public spaces in Manhattan. These three places are just a few examples of great spots to enjoy New York City in her full winter beauty; of course, this list would be incomplete without mentioning Central Park, one of the most classical New York winter experiences, and one that locals and tourists alike should not miss. Snow calms everything down and can transform any street or neighborhood into a picturesque winter scene. Add that to the many who are not willing to venture out into the cold, and winter makes for one of the best times to take a stroll in Manhattan. So bundle up and get out there!

Blog Archive


This information is not verified for authenticity or accuracy and is not guaranteed and may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. © 2021 REBNY Listing Service, Inc. All rights reserved. RLS IDX Data display by Elegran LLC. IDX information is provided exclusively for consumers’ personal, non- commercial use and that it may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing.

Elegran LLC may or may not be the exclusive listing agent of the properties being displayed on All data displayed on is presented for informational purposes only and should be independently confirmed by all customers. All Information is compiled from both public and private sources including, but not limited to the RLS, MLS and ACRIS; each of which is assumed to be reliable. All information displayed is subject to errors and omissions regarding apartment specifications and final sale prices, and further, any unit listed may have had its listing withdrawn without notice subsequent to such information being compiled. No representation is made as to the accuracy of any description (ie: listing, close sale data, and/or building description) of any building or individual unit. All measurements and square footage are approximate and all information herein should be confirmed by customer and/or their attorney. Elegran LLC, its members, affiliates, and contributors adhere to New Your City, New York State, and United States Fair Housing Laws.