It’s the first snow day of the year! As the northeast gets battered by the “Bomb Cyclone,” Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for NYC and city officials are urging New Yorkers to stay safe indoors until the snow starts to taper off. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through 1am Friday.
Though it’s tempting to bundle up and head outside for some fun in the snow, it’s best to wait it out. Once the storm passes, put on your snow gear and head to one of the parks listed below for some sledding fun. Check @NYCParks first to confirm that all is clear.
Fort Greene Park
Located on Myrtle and De Kalb Avenues between Washington Park and St. Edward’s Street, with 4 main hills, Fort Greene Park is an obvious choice for sledding. For the wee ones, the shortest hill is located near the Willoughby entrance off Myrtle Avenue. Over by the tennis courts is a wider slope with much more space for the more daring big kids.
Bordered within Prospect Park West, Flatbush, Ocean, Parkside Avenues, and Prospect Park Southwest, a good spot for smaller kids in this sprawling park is on the east side of Lookout Hill. Enter at Prospect Park Southwest at Vanderbilt Street (by the Vanderbilt Playground) and head toward the lake. The Tennis House area is also a popular spot for sledding. Enter at 9th Street and head toward Long Meadow. Another good hill can be found near the Picnic House by the 16th street entrance.
Located along 41st to 44th Streets, between 5th and 7th Avenues, Sunset Park is basically one huge, rolling hill, making it a good spot to bring the older kids and the toboggan.
Owl’s Head Park
Located in Bay Ridge along Shore Road, Colonial Road, and 68th Street, a good sledding hill can be found at Shore Road and 97th Street, with lots of smaller slopes scattered around the park. Note: Owl’s Head Park does not have a public restroom, so plan accordingly before bundling up and heading over.