When people think of New York they often envisage the winter wonderland that we have seen on the TV and in movies all our lives. However, if you have ever been to New York at Christmas time or even New Year, you will know how ridiculously expensive and busy it can be and often not as magical as it is portrayed. Having visited at that time of year before, we gave May a try 8 years ago which was the complete opposite with regards to the weather, it was uncomfortably hot at times. The expense and busyness of the city was just the same however. When researching where we could visit in January we came across über low-priced flights to New York, at £260 return, it was too good of a deal to not take advantage of. Having never visited in January before, we didn’t really know what to expect. We spent a week in the city and found that New York in January was a fantastic idea and the perfect pick me up to combat the post Christmas blues! Here’s why….
Low Hotel Prices
After the Christmas rush the lowest prices can be found in New York in January. With new hotels popping up all the time in the city, competition has never been more fierce – so why not take advantage? We stayed at The Wellington Hotel which is a mid range, midtown hotel located on 7th Avenue only a few blocks from Times Square one way and a few blocks from Central Park the other. During January you can stay there for approximately £60 per night, whereas only one month before you could not get a room for less than double that price. Therefore, if budget is an issue when deciding if you can visit New York, January would be the perfect time as you get more for your money.
NYC Restaurant Week
Again if budget is an issue, eating out in New York during January can ease the pressure as between 23rd January and 10th February it is NYC Restaurant Week. With over 350 restaurants in the city taking part each year you can get three courses for the following prices:
- Mon–Fri: Lunch – $29
- Mon–Fri: Dinner – $42
- Sun: Brunch/Lunch – $29
- Sun: Dinner – $42
This means foodies can eat at great restaurants for a set price which is, in the majority of cases, a lot cheaper than at other times of the year. Check out nycgo.com for a full list of restaurants that participate. You can also book tables at a number of them directly through that website.
You Can Avoid The Queues
Having been at Christmas time and also during late spring/early summer I can confirm that January was by far the quietest time we have visited. If you have ever been to New York you will know that the traffic can be crazy. In January however we sailed around the city in taxis and on the Big Bus Tours hop on, hop off bus. Also, we encountered hardly any queues when visiting the major tourist attractions. On previous visits we have queued for hours for some of them, however during January we walked up to many and got straight in. This also meant we could visit more places each day. Therefore, if you only have a couple of days in the City you can see more in the limited time that you have.
New York Times Travel Show
The New York Times Travel Show is the Largest Consumer Travel and Trade Show in North America held over 3 days, usually the last weekend of January. It is estimated that 29,000+ travellers visited the show in 2017. It gave people the opportunity to meet face to face with the 500+ destinations and suppliers on the exhibit floor including the opportunity to meet the experts, experience cultural shows and with a family pavilion, it’s suitable even if you have the kids in tow. A great event for all travellers who live in or are visiting New York. Tickets are priced at $20 each for one day or $25 each for two days. If you plan to visit next year, keep checking The New York Times Travel Show website where you will be able to register your interest nearer the time.
You Can Still Skate
Iceskating in New York is something that is on many people’s bucket list. Well guess what? You can still strap on a pair of skates and whizz around, or fall over, on the world famous Rockefeller Centre Iceskating Rink – The Rink, even in January. In fact, it is actually open right through until April. 2017 prices are as follows:
- Adults: Peak (December 16 – January 1) $32, Standard (January 2 – April 16) $25
- Children under 11 & Seniors $15
- Skate Rental $12
We also loved the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park where you can also find an ice rink. Here admission to the rink is free and skate hire is $20 (2017 prices). If all that skating has made you hungry or thirsty then no problem, you can also grab a bite to eat and/or a drink here. Open until March.
But don’t forget……..it can be FREEZING!
January is actually statistically the coldest month in New York, so make sure you pack accordingly and wrap up warm. We were lucky enough to have unseasonable clear blue skies for the majority of our week long trip which meant we could get out and explore on foot, however it was freezing! In fact it was below freezing most of the time, especially at night. Therefore a good, thick winter coat was a necessity and so were hats, gloves and scarves to protect ourselves from the elements. We were sent some great thermal products from Heat Holders, which were perfect for the conditions we experienced.
Ladies converter gloves* – these have quickly become my favourite gloves. I loved that I could wear them as fingerless gloves or as mittens. Having the fingerless option meant I could still use my iPhone and camera without having to them take them off and when my hands got too cold to handle, I pulled the flap over and made them into mittens. With a cable knit design and a fluffy inside, they were perfect for keeping my hands toasty.
Men’s hat* – As Mr ESLT has a shaved head, he tends to feel the cold quicker than I do, so a hat is essential. The Heat Holders hat is designed to trap air closer to the skin so that you stay warm and cosy for longer when the cold weather strikes. Mr ESLT was very grateful that I had packed this hat for him, especially when we were whizzing through the city on the hop on hop off bus and I insisted that we sit on the open top deck so we could take photographs.
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