How Will You Be Spending the Snow Day?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A massive snow storm overnight dumped more than a foot of snow across the city on January 27, 2011 (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Schools and all non-emergency government offices are closed in New York City today. How are you spending the snow day? Take our snap poll or leave us a comment.


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Nancy from Woodside

Working from home, which is nicer than working at work. Somehow, it was just as busy! I did have a Drs appt though. Left at 8am and it took over an hour to get from Woodside to the Upper East. But it was totally fine...and lovely.

New Yorkers: Think all this snow as a blessing. Slow down, for goodness sake. It's OK for things to take a little longer than usual.

Jan. 27 2011 06:33 PM

@sburgernutr Can we have a pic of the snowman?

Jan. 27 2011 04:27 PM
Wendy from Central NJ

working... we're not closed for some reason

Jan. 27 2011 03:32 PM

Just to follow up, the 24th Police Precinct just confirmed that it is NOT illegal to make a snowman on scaffolding that is safely enclosed.

Jan. 27 2011 01:54 PM
Joann from East Village

Missing my boyfriend, making hearty stew, and reading Triangle: The Fire That Changed America before going to the NYU exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of that tragedy.

Jan. 27 2011 12:45 PM

Our downstairs neighbor threatened to call the police for making the snowman on the scaffolding which is about 10 feet wide with a five foot tall retaining wall around ti. Sigh. We finished half of it!

Jan. 27 2011 12:42 PM
John Tomlinson from Washington Heights

I just dug my car out of the igloo in which it was encased along Riverside Drive. A fellow citizen helped my wife and I do it. Intrepid and neighborly New Yorkers. The snow-laden trees
on tree-lined streets made a lovely scene. My friends along the Delaware River in Sullivan County got 1 inch of snow! Lucky us!

Jan. 27 2011 12:31 PM
Kathy from Brooklyn from Brooklyn, New York

I went out to shoot some photos this morning. The lighting was extraordinary. I am in Brooklyn and I believe the snow was probably closer to 2 feet deep. I shook the snow off of my evergreen trees to protect the branches from breaking. I then went inside and colored my hair and now I am back to work on my computer working on my home based business--but the view from my window is stupendous!

Jan. 27 2011 12:19 PM
Emily from Brooklyn

Laundry and stitching up some old clothes, with long breaks to enjoy a good book. So happy I left my laptop at work!

Jan. 27 2011 12:16 PM
Doug from North Plainfield NJ

Working from home, waiting for our building super to tell us when we have to move our cars out of the lot so it can be cleared of snow (which means we'll all lose 2 feet at the head of our parking spaces because that's where the plowtruck will put all the snow!)

Jan. 27 2011 12:14 PM
lucy from nyc home in nj

After cleaning more than 20 inches of snow since yesterday I am at work. I don't want to spend another vacation day at home. I just took two advil and drinking some tea should help until I make it back home.

Jan. 27 2011 12:13 PM
Rebecca from Brooklyn

I live in the ground floor apartment of a brownstown and my front door opens out, so this morning I was only able to push the door open wide enough to stick my face out and say good morning to my neighbor, and say that I hoped my vacationing landlords had made provisions for snow removal in their absence. By the time I had finished breakfast and looked out the window, my neighbor and his 6 year old son had shoveled my walk. So I am baking cookies to bring over as a thank you.

Jan. 27 2011 12:10 PM
Garland from Rumson NJ

I have been up since very early this morning taking photos, the snow and light are beautiful. Now I am uploading them onto my computer, using the slide show function ....So I will be able to see that beauty forever, from the warmth and comfort of my armchair....Jan Glass

Jan. 27 2011 12:09 PM
Jen from Millburn

I'm in NJ, and by the time I finished shoveling my sidewalk and driveway, it didn't make any sense to commute to the office in NYC, so I am now working at home, making bread, and taking advil while my back recovers!

Jan. 27 2011 12:08 PM

Now that my son is up and I can't focus on the article I"m supposed to write, I've convinced my son and his friend to make the world's biggest snowperson on the scaffolding around our building. We can reach the scaffolding from the fireescape. No one has shoveled any snow off the scaffolding so it is far deeper than the snow on the street!

Jan. 27 2011 12:02 PM
Amanda from Chelsea

Reading The Odyssey (to prepare for the literature class I start teaching next week) and making a delicious, slow-cooked pasta sauce to welcome my chilly girlfriend home when she returns from work (poor baby)

Jan. 27 2011 12:01 PM
Nancy from Tuckahoe NY

Not only will I be working but today's my birthday :(

Jan. 27 2011 12:00 PM
Katherine from Brooklyn

I will be continuing to work on my resume, write cover letters and try to break out of this unemployment holding pattern!

Jan. 27 2011 11:59 AM
Rodrigo Sanz from Rego Park ,New York

I will try to ride my red unicycle on the side walks in my neighborhood.without slipping on the snow.
I tried to ride after the last snow storm and I gave up after a few blocks. My sidewalks look cleaner so it might be easier today. I will also dream of spring!

Jan. 27 2011 11:46 AM
Marta from Manhattan

Bake bread! (Now that I've said it I'd better do it!)
Love this topic!

Jan. 27 2011 11:34 AM
will from chelsea

Catch a matinee: The Oscar nominees are out, the Golden Globes announced, visit any theater and enjoy sitting anywhere you choose... for once

Jan. 27 2011 11:33 AM
laura from manhattan

Making cardamom-scented oatmeal pancakes with apricots and almonds and reading "Paradise Lost"

Jan. 27 2011 11:32 AM
tina from long island

I am at work, BUT, I am lucky enough, on Thursdays, to have a desk with a view over a large park with pinetrees and oaks and shrubs, and so on - and the view today is absolutely unbelievable - the snow covered ground and trees are awsome - so I let myself take it all in - I contemplate - I acknowledge the breathless beauty of nature - something that we take for granted on our dayly rush - and it actually gives me endorfins - I guess I am lucky enough to be able to get pleasures from the simple things in life. We have to learn to love and enjoy nature before we will destroy it all. I do belive our 2000's generation is still lucky enough to have access to untamed nature.

Jan. 27 2011 11:32 AM
Natalie Wilson from Manhattan

I am relishing my new self-employed status that means I get to work from home. I'm a voice teacher, so my students get to trudge through the snow to travel to me while I sit here in my fuzzy socks and drink hot tea.

Jan. 27 2011 11:31 AM
Ela from Manhattan

I am :a semi-layed off architect (my hours were cut back). Better than most my coworkers...... Chose this to be my day off and am making my most favorite thing: no knead bread fom Jim Lahey. House smells divine!!!
Walk in the park to follow, to avoid taking in too many carbs at once :)

Jan. 27 2011 11:31 AM
LK from UWS

I made macaroni and cheese, plan to catch up on my ironing, and watch Mad Men, season 1, 2, 3.

Jan. 27 2011 11:30 AM
Dano from Kearny, NJ

I'm sitting comfortably on the sunporch with a hot coffee, looking out the window watching my wife use the new snowblower I got her for Christmas.
Ahhhhh I love that girl.

Jan. 27 2011 11:30 AM
Bethany from Brooklyn

We're building a snow castle for our chickens! We'll crown in with raisins... they love raisins!

Jan. 27 2011 11:30 AM
Larry Bernstein from Short Hills NJ

I work from home exceot when I lecture on Software Enginerering. The topic of the day is "if it works, fix it anyway."

I take all the help I can get.

Jan. 27 2011 11:29 AM
MB from West Village

Um... have creative sex.

Jan. 27 2011 11:29 AM
Jill from NYC

Put the finishing touches on a Belize vacation in March!

Jan. 27 2011 11:28 AM
Judith an already adult student from New Jersey

I am an adult student desperately trying to complete a senior paper to qualify to finish my much delayed BA. Only I get distracted by life constantly. Shoveling, kids, parents, needing to make money. I wish I could enjoy it as a snow day. Maybe next year.

Jan. 27 2011 11:27 AM
rob from forest hills

I work from home so snow days are beautiful out my window but change nothing in my schedule

Jan. 27 2011 11:26 AM
Georgia from Brooklyn

Treking through the snow to Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Gowanus for a piece of pie.

Jan. 27 2011 11:26 AM
Alden from Work :(

Of course "I'm at work" is winning. People who have a snow day are out doing stuff, not listening to the radio, and not at their computers. ;)

Jan. 27 2011 11:26 AM
Marie Gentile

I was supposed to have a job interview this morning, so I will be doing it via Skype this afternoon. Skype rocks!

Jan. 27 2011 11:26 AM

No no no please don't teach sound bites via Twitter!! I'd rather you just let the kids relax and have fun building snowmen than trying to understand schoolwork via sound bites!!

Jan. 27 2011 11:25 AM
Bradshaw from Manhattan

My wife and I will be cuddling up next to the radiator with tea and a good book. It's an Adult Snow Day...I'll leave it at that.

Jan. 27 2011 11:24 AM
Colette from Manhattan

(starting) to scan 42 years of photographs

Jan. 27 2011 11:23 AM
Dan from Washignton Heights

Making stewed apples; working on a database application; and going XC skiing in Fort Tryon Park!

Jan. 27 2011 11:23 AM
Ruth from Queens

I'm resting after shoveling for 2+ hours. As an older person who struggles with this, and learning that there are people out there who are restless...why not offer to help someone who needs it? Maybe not the most creative thing, but certainly would be the MOST appreciated!!

Jan. 27 2011 11:23 AM
mark from paris, france

Today, I'm drinking wine and eating cheese in Paris. Tomorrow, off to Berlin.

Jan. 27 2011 11:22 AM

photograph snow piled up in to unusual depths in interesting places.

Jan. 27 2011 11:22 AM
Kent from Brooklyn

Be a "Chinese Mom" and use this as extra study and piano practice time for your kids that are home with unproductive time.

Jan. 27 2011 11:19 AM
Er-nay from UWS

Do your taxes!

Jan. 27 2011 11:18 AM
Paula from Ossining, NY

One of the best ways to spend a snow day is to read some travel books & plan your vacation. You can book your flight, hotels, rental car & sketch out a daily sightseeing itinerary. It gets you thinking about warmer weather, blue skies & gives you something to look forward to. I'm all set to go to Rocky Mountain Park this summer.

Jan. 27 2011 11:18 AM
Tony M. from Far west village

I'm totally remodeling my apartment.

Jan. 27 2011 11:18 AM
REnee from Hell's Kitchen, NYC

I'm a volunteer at one of the community gardens in Hell's Kitchen. I'm going to surround myself with all the flower catalogs that start arriving the day after Christmas, and plan my summer garden, imagining it against the beautiful white canvas the snow has made

Jan. 27 2011 11:15 AM
Chris from Murray Hill

1. Shoveled snow way too early this morning.
2. Recuperating from shoveling snow way too early this morning.
3. Long walk (with camera) to Madison Square Park.
4. Working on a Slinky-book for an "art" exhibition using toys...
5. Tonight I'll make snow-o-grams in my little darkroom!!!

Jan. 27 2011 11:12 AM
Alden from Work :(

Do what I did on my last snow day: go sledding, weather you have a kid or not. :) The snow is just as slippery, and gravity works just as well for grownups as it does for kids.

Jan. 27 2011 11:11 AM
Vadim from Fort Lee

XC skiing and snowshoeing in NJ. There's lots for us to play in!

Jan. 27 2011 11:10 AM
Annie from New Jersey

Good Morning! I've always enjoyed snow days. When I was teaching they were an unplanned event. Now that I'm retired I'm enjoying them just as much. My son did the heavy snow removal with the snowblower,
and I just finished cleaning my car/driveway. I took a short trek around the neighborhood on my xcross-counrty skis
and now I'm ready for my second cup of coffee. Later today I'll finish working on my taxes,take a walk,and start reading the book for my Book Club. Enjoy the day

Jan. 27 2011 10:58 AM
Laura from New Jersey

After a long walk with my dog, I am working on a large oil painting in the beautiful, crisp light reflecting from the snow outside.

Jan. 27 2011 10:46 AM
Valerie from Manhattan

I broke my right wrist on Jan. 15, and am very limited in what I can do. My blogmate and I put out a weekly blog late every Sunday night. Theme is women of a certain age, and how to be old without being dull. Since my right hand is entirely out of commission, I have to start now if my contribution is to be in on time. Am hunting and pecking at the computer, mostly with my left index finger. Speed down from 70 wpm to about 15 wpm. This morning I am recreating the scene that led up to my breaking my wrist so I can photograph it for the blog. Same old stupid story - standing on a chair (TWO chairs, really) to change a light bulb, and then the predictable fall. I will NOT be posing on the chair. Am thinking of setting up a photo of me whipping the chairs to punish them. Depends on how I come out in a tripod-taken photo, and how I look with one arm in a cast, the other wielding my black belt. If it's funny, it's in. If not, I'll only post the photo of the chairs. Blog is called Idiosyncratic Fashionistas. I'll also be writing - if my left hand holds up - on how to open pill bottles, baby food jars and ice cream containers with one hand, and how to cut flowers with the wrong hand, etc.

Jan. 27 2011 10:43 AM
Margaret Aymer from The Manse of 1st Presbyterian Church, Whitestone, Queens

Stuck in Queens, since Delta has twice canceled my flight to Atlanta. Hope to be leaving today

Jan. 27 2011 10:43 AM
Jeb from Greenpoint

I'm spending this day reflecting on how temperature patterns are changing our weather permanently. I hope our government and transportation infrastructure can evolve to keep up with this new reality.

New Yorkers/East Coasters need to stop seeing snow storms as isolated freak occurrences and view them instead as part of a new atmospheric reality.

Jan. 27 2011 10:28 AM
anna from New York

The imbecile mayor has just said that you (city workers) should try to get to work if the buses and trains are running. What an a-hole. This morning he said all non-essentials should stay home buildings are closed. I hate this fool

Jan. 27 2011 10:28 AM
John Williams

peeing in the snow - making pictures

Jan. 27 2011 10:26 AM
Rebecca H. from Brooklyn, NY

I did my taxes!

Jan. 27 2011 10:25 AM
Bennett Horowitz from Astoria

Snow day? Teachers work at home alot...Now in my third year of teaching and up for tenure, I have just been told that I have one week to prepare a packet of educational credentials, student achievements(with work samples) and colleague recommendations to be submitted by my principal to the district superintendent for tenure approval. This is like applying for my job all over again! The guidelines are very vague and the criteria for approval is subjective and not specific...Certainly not transparent. This is how I am spending my snow day.

Jan. 27 2011 10:22 AM
Anne from Manhattan Valley

We're cooking a rich English breakfast. Eggs, beans, sausages - the works.

Jan. 27 2011 10:21 AM
Shari in Somers from Somers, NY

To do list: phone calls to insurance guy and credit union; see if the neighbor will dig me out (husband's skiing in CO and my back's out); finish grading the kids science notebooks; grade their math tests; adjust plans from today to fit tomorrow; plan for next week--including sub plans which take three times as long; start report card comments; upload a few pix from the walk around the yard with the dog this morning (she can never find a place to go, the snow's so deep); wonder if we'll be teaching into July because we've used up all our snow days and then some?

Jan. 27 2011 10:21 AM
Gerard from Manhattan

Working on my taxes.

Jan. 27 2011 10:21 AM
Brenda from Upper West Side

I'm working for home but on a very enjoyable research project. Perhaps for "lunch" I will venture over to Riverside Park to make a snow angel.

Jan. 27 2011 10:20 AM
Rachael from brooklyn

i have been putting on boots, packing a little food, and taking hikes in prospect park. there are plenty of fields, hills, and valleys to walk though to forget you are in the city. it is breathtakingly beautiful when covered in a blanket of snow! also taking many pictures with my ipod camera as i go along.

Jan. 27 2011 10:13 AM
Addie from Park Slope, Brooklyn

My office is closed when schools are closed, so I've spent the morning researching an upcoming trip to Bogota and the Colombian Caribbean. I am looking forward to white sand beaches, clear blue waters and tropical birds.
I do enjoy the snow though. Later I'll go to Prospect Park and walk the beautiful paths in the woods.

Jan. 27 2011 10:13 AM
lcole from Queens

Wish I had a couple of kids and a sled to have a real snow day!
Debating about catching up on some work, or catch up on some personal business, or go out to tramp around in the drifts.

Jan. 27 2011 10:12 AM
Benjamin Solotaire from Park Slope

I'm doing home work as I started grad school this week and need to stay on top of it. Luckily, I have no car and the super shovels the snow out front!


Jan. 27 2011 10:10 AM
Brenda from Inwood

I agree with "lowell": Baking is the way to spend a snow day!

Jan. 27 2011 10:09 AM
Hattie from Brooklyn

Working till after lunch and then making snow angels in Prospect Park!

Jan. 27 2011 10:09 AM
lowell from upper manhattan

I am supposed to be working from home today. But I'm baking fresh scones and planning to nap and watch movies. YAY snow day!

Jan. 27 2011 10:04 AM
bigjohn from brooklyn

Flight canceled to FL for golf weekend. At home shoveling trying not to cry.

Jan. 27 2011 10:04 AM
LMiller from Glendale, Queens

Please stop reporting that bus service is operating except in the Bronx.

I live in Glendale, Queens and have not seen a Q29 bus today yet. For the record I live near the corner of 80 Street and Cooper Avenue. This is considered a main street of sorts because the Q29 runs on 80 Streets and the Q45 and Q54 buses run on Cooper Avenue. I have not see these buses either but my view of those bus stops is not clear from my home.

LM - Glendale

Jan. 27 2011 09:37 AM
ries van beek from King Street

I'll be grading exam papers, sipping coffee and Baileys next to the window enjoying the spectacle.

Jan. 27 2011 08:43 AM

I woke up at 5:00 am to beautiful snow outside - so I threw on my snow pants and a jacket over my pajamas and took pictures and had a great chat with a lone messenger guy. No one else was on the street except two other guys with snowplows. Hoping my son will wake up soon to go sledding.

Then I will settle in and finish the article I'm publishing on an obscure topic in an obscure journal on how lactation consultants can use the new World Health Organization growth charts. BORING!

Jan. 27 2011 08:39 AM
Valerie Seckler from Manhattan

I'll be at home reading a book, listening to music, and doing online research — preparing to do an interview later today.

A walk in the snowy streets of Manhattan is a distinct possibility.

Jan. 27 2011 08:38 AM

After early morning walk around the neighborhood and writing to my blog with pics, and did some shoveling, slowly and carefully as I call this "a heart attack snow." Be careful.

I was surprised to hear that Tweed, the Department of Education, was open, even though I heard only emergency city offices were open. So the question is, will those who don't show up lose a vacation day or those who do show up get an extra vacation day? This is certainly a good argument that city employees should live in the city and not outside the city.

Also I have noticed on my walks that the plows are only plowing the avenues and not the streets in the west 50's area of Manhattan. In addition I observed plows traveling in three's going over 10th, 11th and 12th Avenues over and over again. In fact on one run the plows were up. I'm not sure why these plows aren't doing the streets especially 49th and 50th which are the M50 bus route.


Jan. 27 2011 08:29 AM
cliff schuman from nyc

will finally rest.. and instead of meeting for my graduate class will have my first "virtual" classroom experience on Blackboard

Jan. 27 2011 08:07 AM
Brenda Morinia

I will be telecommuting today.

Jan. 27 2011 07:54 AM
Christine from Bronx

where are the bus???????

Jan. 27 2011 07:34 AM

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