New York City Street Photography: Snow in NYC

Snowy New York City Streets

New Yorker life is waking up to a snow-covered winter wonderland sometimes, and I love it more than anything!

I’ve found these photos after almost 10 years and decided to post them here. They are from January 2012. It was the day Leonard Cohen released “Old Ideas.” I went out for a walk in my neighborhood, Upper East Side, at 8:30 am. After walking around in the UES, I ended up in Central Park. I met many people that day; dog walkers, parents taking their kids to the park for sledding, other people taking photographs.

NYC offers so many photo opportunities in such a short time. All of these photos are taken in about 2 hours, max. Not too many other cities are full of fantastic architecture, friendly and interesting people and of course, streets full of life. Maybe, Istanbul. I always thought that I could sit in a corner all day, watch the world go by, and end up satisfied and accomplished at the end of the day in NYC. This city is very, very special!

The child in me will never stop getting excited, running out the door when it snows, I know that for sure.


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woman crossing the snowy road in NYC

“The sight of snow made her think how beautiful and short life is and how, in spite of all their enmities, people have so very much in common; measured against eternity and the greatness of creation, the world in which they lived was narrow. That’s why snow drew people together. It was as if snow cast a veil over hatreds, greed, and wrath and made everyone feel close to one another.” ― Orhan Pamuk, Snow

newspaper vending machines in snowy NYC streets
cars and cyclist in snowy NYC street

“It snowed all week. Wheels and footsteps moved soundlessly on the street as if the business of living continued secretly behind a pale but impenetrable curtain. In the falling quiet there was no sky or earth, only snow lifting in the wind, frosting the window glass, chilling the rooms, deadening and hushing the city.” — Truman Capote

Yellow Cab on Snowy NYC Roads

Hey townspeople,

I’ll sell you my woven hat,

The snow umbrella. — Basho, Haiku

snow in the streets of New York City
Cabs, people and buildings in snowy NYC

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

snowy streets of NYC
woman with dog in snowy NYC streets
a New Yorker with two dogs in snowy NYC streets

“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person”― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

snow blowers at Madison Avenue, NYC
Running people in snowy 5th Avenue, NYC
People and dogs in snowy NYC streets

“A few feathery flakes are scattered widely through the air, and hover downward with uncertain flight, now almost alighting on the earth, now whirled again aloft into remote regions of the atmosphere.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne

walking in snowy Central Park, New York City

“With luck, it might even snow for us.” ― Haruki Murakami, After Dark

Snow in Central Park, New York City
running people in snowy NYC streets

“Since it has quietly begun to snow, new distances have awakened within me.” ― Gerrit Achterberg, Snow Passage

Snow Blowers in NYC Streets
Running Women in Snowy NYC Streets
Snowy New York City Streets

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