Winter in New York is different from Osaka. First of all, winter is a lot colder in New York than in Osaka.
The average temperature for winter in Osaka is between 12° to 6°, while in New York it is between 7° to -2°. Also, there is a lot of snow.
Usually people enjoy the snow when it first appears.
But later, if it doesn't stop snowing, people start to hate it.
I remember when my friends from Japan came to New York. It was their first time coming and their first time seeing a lot of snow. They loved it…for the first day.
After it had been snowing for three days straight, they hated it.
Snow days are good when there is little, but in New York, there is a lot of snow; usually during mid-January through all of February.
Because New York is a busy city, snow isn’t a beautiful white color for long.
Cars and a lot of pedestrians make the snow black and dirty. Also, blizzards can make trains and airplanes malfunction. Snow from blizzards can go up to four feet (120 cm), causing jobs and school to be cancelled. Good for students, bad for workers.
Winter in New York isn’t all bad, though.
There are many things open only during winter time, like the ice skating rink in Rockefeller Center. Many people go there to ice skate.
Also, Rockefeller Center’s giant Christmas tree, Macy’s Christmas window displays, two Broadway tickets for the price of one, etc.
And one of the weirdest events, “no pants subway ride day”. If you go to New York during early/mid January (around Jan. 7th – 15th), you can experience riding the trains without pants with other New Yorkers. It only happens once per year.
I’ve never done it, but I’ve seen it.
No pants in the winter…be prepared to be very cold.
by Jin TAKAHASHI