As a visitor to New York City in the wintertime, the whole of the exercise may seem a bit daunting. Especially if you don’t know where you’re going or what you’d like to do, visiting New York City can seem imposing, unwelcome almost. Even if you’ve lived here for a while, you haven’t been inside every building; there are times when you just want to get warm! Here are some suggestions for places to go to stop in for a few minutes or a much longer exercise to warm up your chilly bones and keep moving.
Manhattan Mall (100 West 33rd St): (1) Many people don’t even know that Manhattan has a mall, but indeed right around Herald Square there is this shopping outlet, The Manhattan Mall has a whole bunch of room for you to spread out, cool down, and warm up!
Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle) (2): A little nicer than the Manhattan Mall, the AOL Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle is another great spot for getting your warm on. Head downstairs to the Whole Foods or upstairs to the Borders Bookstore and you can even grab a seat and get back up to temperature.
Starbucks (3):These coffee shops can be crowded, loud, and busy but they are sometimes the closest place for you to get warm. While most of these places are not terribly warm if you head as far away from the door and close to the barista area, you can get warm pretty quick.
Hotels: There are a number of huge hotels which have plenty of space for their visitors to open up and spread out. just because you’re not a guest of the hotel doesn’t mean you can’t hang out for a minute and enjoy the warmth. Of course pick your hotel wisely and come prepared with a story if you’re approached.
David Rubenstein Center (61 West 62nd Street) (4): There are a lot of these open public atrium areas in New York City. The David Rubenstein Center was recently opened up and has a whole lot of great seating and warmth! Perfect.
Rockefeller Center (1250 Avenue of the Americas) (5): This epic, sprawling complex can seem a tad daunting. However if you head inside on 49th or 50th Streets and head downstairs that’s where you will find the most warmth. You can also watch the ice skater’s freeze outside through the epic glass as you sit and warm your belly.
Public Transit: (6) Of course public transit is another way to go. You can ride the subways for weeks at a time without being bothered (Though who would want to do that? Even the homeless get off!). Busses are a little warmer than subways but the doors open a lot more on the busses so you need to be prepared for that.
If you’re really desperate and all you’ve got is an ATM card, you can hunker down in an ATM machine room. Don’t think about lagging around well traveled areas for too long though as the police will quickly escort you from the area if you’re too suspicious looking.
There are plenty of ways to keep warm when you’re out on foot through the New York City winters. Consider these ideas and it will be spring in no time!