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Well both Punxsutawney Phil AND Staten Island Chuck saw their shadows on Groundhog Day and if the weather is any indication, we’re in for an early Spring. Take advantage of these great cold weather date ideas, handpicked by our employees, while you still can.

Cold Weather Date Ideas in New York City

Sled Your Way Through Central Park: The next snow, take a Winter Wonderland whirl down either Pilgrim Hill (enter at 72nd and Fifth Ave) or Cedar Hill (near the Metropolitan Museum) for gentle rides where you can pick up some speed in this time-honored tradition.  Another good hill nearby if the Park is crowded is 91st St between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Do a DIY Downtown Chocolate Tour: Bundle up and take a stroll of the neighborhoods below 14th street stopping at neighborhood chocolate shops along the way. From chocolate pizza in the East Village at Max Brenner to hot chocolate at DessertTruck Works in the Lower East Side and chocolate fondue at The Chocolate Room in Tribeca – you’ll need to keep moving to counteract those calories. Make your final destination Christopher Norman Chocolates in Battery Park for a take-home box of old-World truffles.

Heat Up in the Kitchen in Chelsea: Get inspiration by flipping on your favorite Food Network show, then walk through Chelsea Market where its taped and pick up all the ingredients you need at gourmet grocery shops like Buon Italia and Manhattan Fruit exchange.

Dine, Ski-Lodge Style: Up the ante (and the temperature) on your usual dinner date by picking a spot that boasts a little extra comfort by way of a fireplace. Some great options include The Savoy in Soho, the lobby of the Bowery Hotel, Zanzibar in Hell’s Kitchen, or Telepan on the Upper West Side.

Keep Your Coat On: Because by our count, there are still fourteen home games left for you to root for New York Rangers and it can get cold inside an iced-out Madison Square Garden. Warm up with plenty of snacks and cheering for Anisimov, Callahan, and Prospal as they face-off against various out of towners.

Looking for more things to do in New York? We publish regular neighborhood guides in our Newbie NYC section. And remember, if you just moved and realized your new apartment won’t fit everything you brought, we have seventeen storage facilities in NYC that are safe, close and convenient.  Give us a call today!