Mayor Bill De Blasio predicted earlier this week that Storm Juno would be “…a storm the likes of which we have never seen before.” Now, as a West Coaster new to New York, what he said was technically correct for me. But for everyone else in this city, the storm just produced an ordinary snowy day. Storm Juno did wreak havoc in other parts of the Northeast, but it was quite anticlimactic here.
On Monday I stocked up on Trader Joe’s essentials (chocolate, peanut-butter-filled pretzels, wine, etc.) along with enough food to make several meals. It took me longer than I care to disclose to bundle up, walk to the subway, ride the subway, wait in line to get into Trader Joe’s, wait in a line that zig-zagged through the whole store, get back on the subway, ride back, and walk home. But I was in high spirits! This was to be my first blizzard! Sean got a couple candles and I charged up phones and laptops to make sure we could still watch movies during a potential blackout.
That afternoon, we surveyed our neighborhood as the snow began to fall. That night, we impatiently checked out the window to see how bad visibility was getting (it was fine). And in the morning, we got out of bed like little kids on Christmas morning to check for a fresh blanket of snow and crazy whiteout conditions. Yes, there was snow, and yes it was snowing, but we thought a blizzard might be a little stormier than what we were witnessing.
We went out into the world to have coffee with our friends at a local Italian restaurant and to watch the news. No blizzard for New York; subway back in service; travel bans lifted. Despite the lack of a record-breaking storm, Sean didn’t have to go into the office, so he got some work done at home, and then we snuggled up and indulged in some Netflix binging.
Around 4PM, our legs atrophying, we decided we needed to move. So we ventured out into the cold and walked west toward the Hudson River, south to downtown, and then back up north to our neck of the woods. (We had our first NYC celebrity sighting: Mr. Mike Myers, strolling through Soho!)
Along the way we saw New Jersey, the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and the 9/11 memorial pools. I was struck by the beauty and gravity of the pools — profound reminders of the towers that once stood and the lives lost over a decade ago. To see photos of the pools, check out this gallery on Inhabitat’s website.
All in all, it was a very pleasant first Snow Day, and I’m happy to have spent it with my love.