Despite spring being one week away, the U.S. Northeast was pummeled by Stella, a severe snowstorm initially predicted to bring over a feet of snow to some regions, on Tuesday. Forecasts estimating that New York City would face between 12-16 inches ultimately turned out to be inaccurate, but the majority of the city was still impacted by the bad weather. Most businesses were closed, all public schools received a snow day, public transit experienced massive changes, and grocery stores were practically cleared out by hordes of people stocking up on food (and wine — lots of wine).
With New York City being one of the most fast-paced and busy metropolises in the world, it inevitably follows that New Yorkers aren't accustomed to days in which they have little to no options of places to go to or things to do. But there were a lot of people who managed to make the best out of the day in pretty awesome and, in some cases, unique ways. If you're looking for some inspiration on how to get through Stella, or any future snowstorm for that matter, check out how these Big Apple residents passed the time as ice covered their city.
Times Square is the most crowded, touristy place in NYC. Why not take advantage of it being empty by getting a tennis ball and playing a game of golf?
2. Working From The Snow
Skipping the office for the day.
3. Enriching Their Taste In Movies
Stuck inside cause of the snow? 👇🏾 https://t.co/qJdPjSGhPJ— The NYC Film Chick (@TheNYCFilmChick) March 14, 2017
Perfect opportunity to get acquainted with these films, no?
4. Keep On Keeping On
New Yorkers don't got time for a snow storm pic.twitter.com/nQNIAMOzWD— Gary Sanchez theGOAT (@gsandhu92) March 14, 2017
New Yorkers still hustling like... pic.twitter.com/yqv68GBmQT— downtowns sweetheart (@vashtie) March 14, 2017
Snow doesn't make New Yorkers less busy.
5. Stocking Up On Essentials
If you're going to be stuck inside all day, might as well.
6. Extreme Snowdaying
The gif in the tweet above is actually from December, when vlogger Casey Neistat took the chance to go snowboarding around a snowy New York City. But while that was in December, it looks like Neistat is plotting something for Stella...
can anyone in the TriState area bring me a couple of snowmobiles? need them in downtown Manhattan. thankx pic.twitter.com/adpyPM0Utn— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) March 13, 2017
anyone at the @NYPDnews follow me? what's the legality around driving a snowmobile in manhattan?— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) March 14, 2017
7. Fulfilling Their Dreams
You have to seize these moments when they come.
8. Celebrating Pi(e) Day
Good to see Pi Day still getting some love. Too bad most New Yorkers won't be able to take advantage of all those deals on pizza and pie.
9. Making Memes
The Trump administration can be memed for any occasion.
At least someone is getting use out of the snow.
11. Bonding With Puppies
Puppies proving once again that they make everything better.
12. Learning New Things
Great opportunity to pick up this vital survival skill.
13. Calling Out The Media
They had predicted over a foot of snow here in NYC, but I'm seeing less than half of that. #FlakeNews— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 14, 2017
Just another example of journalists and meteorologists letting everyone down again.
14. Providing Access To Emergency Services
This is so comforting to hear.
15. Arresting Ponies
Two ponies made a dash for freedom during the storm. Police caught up with the pair and returned them to their owners.
16. Looking For "Blizzard Buddies"
It's become a time-honored tradition in inclement weather: looking for a blizzard “buddy” https://t.co/YltjHgfeeI— New York Magazine (@NYMag) March 14, 2017
The New York City section of Craigslist was riddled with ads made by people searching for "buddies" to "cuddle" with during the storm.
Fortunately for New Yorkers, Stella was downgraded from "blizzard" status after projections decreased from 12-16 inches of snow to 4-6 inches.