The easiest way for on foot pedestrians to keep warm in a New York City winter is to never stop moving. People stand in crosswalks, obey traffic laws, and defy reason as they stand in one spot and freeze. Here are some tips for you to keep warm and keep moving in a New York City winter that won’t leave you out in the cold.
Never Stop in Crosswalks: People all the time stand and freeze all winter while waiting in a crosswalk for the light to change. While disobeying the law is never advisable, there are times when breaking the law to keep your body temperature up to a decent level is not only advised but recommended. When you’re standing on a street corner and there is no traffic coming, you can edge out into the road. Avenues are a little harder to gauge than streets and if you are not of full recognizance, then of course, wait your turn to make your move. However if you have a clear line of sight and are able to gallop up to a mild saunter if necessary, than breaking the crosswalk laws are not going to get you in handcuffs. Of course in dense traffic or as cars go whizzing by your face; you want to have some restraint. But in New York City anyway, the lights are all on delayed timers and often times you won’t have any traffic coming at all down the avenues or across streets once the first thrush has made its pass.
Zigzag: Another suggestion for walkers to keep their warmth up would be to never walk in a straight line. Many of the map programs will take you in a direct line, up an avenue and across numerous streets. New York City (or Manhattan, anyway) is a grid and if you know where you’re going then using a staggered route may be the best plan. Zigzag your pattern and you will not only get to your destination without breaking any crosswalk laws but you’ll also keep warmer. You may find a new spot by taking this new route to boot!
Crazy Walk: If breaking the traffic laws isn’t your scene or if you’re unable to bridge the cavernous avenues which stretch across several lanes, you can do what I call the “crazy walk.” That is, walk up onto the curb and down to the street in a circle. You may look crazy and you may get crazy glances from standing strangers but when you get to keep moving you’ll have the last laugh because you will still be warm as they struggle to get up the get up and go to cross the street.
Keeping warm in the deep-set New York City winters is the best plan when you’re out and about on foot this holiday. If you can’t take the train or bus, hit the street using these three tactics.