After what has been a relatively mild winter by NYC standards (I visited the city last January and February and it was bitterly cold!), we finally had proper East Coast winter weather this past weekend. In fact, it went one step further and we had the second largest snowfall recorded in the city ever – 26.8″ in Central Park. As it was the first proper snowfall I’ve experienced since moving here I couldn’t wait to head out and enjoy it! As well as going sledging in Central Park I also took my camera along to capture all the winter wonderland magic to share with you guys. I love how everything pops against the crisp white snow. When I headed out on Saturday it was right in the middle of the blizzard caused by Storm Jonas. The wind was so powerful and you could barely see a thing: everything, including my camera, face and coat, was covered in freezing snow! The first set of pictures (bar the one above) were taken during the storm on Saturday. The second set were taken today, which was a beautiful blue sky day with bright sunshine that made the snow glint and glisten. I’d love to know which image is your favorite and why – let me know in the comments! Click through after the jump to see all 34 images of my #MakeYouSmileStyle snowy adventures.
Central Park during NYC’s Winter Storm Jonas 2016.Central Park West in the snow.Sperry boots in the snow.This was me on Saturday, just casually hanging out (pretending to be an Eskimo!) in Central Park during the blizzard caused by Winter Storm Jonas.This was first thing on Saturday morning – by the afternoon most of the cars were completely covered by snow drifts.How pretty does New York City look under a fresh coating of snow?I spotted this little mouse in Central Park on Sunday.So very ready? Nope, I’m snow Sperry ready!Before I went sledging on Saturday (L) and a daredevil snowboarder on Sunday (R). Yes, he wins the cool kid points. Ha!An early snowfall picture of a bike that was soon to be completely submerged in snow (L) and me heading down a hill while sledging in Central Park (R).Those classic yellow NYC cabs really pop in all the bright white snow!And it turns out that yellow bikes do, too!A NYC cross street covered in snow (L) and a cute pooch enjoying the snowfall on Saturday (R).I watched for five minutes or so while this squirrel furiously searched for his buried nut. He eventually found it and paused long enough for me to snap this picture. Thanks, buddy!A splash of hue amongst all the beautiful white snow in New York City.Beautiful blue skies over the ice skating rink in Central Park on Sunday.The American flag looking resplendent in the sunshine and blue skies (L) and a frozen fountain in Central Park (R).Beautiful light over a bridge in snowy Central Park.The boathouse in Central Park covered in snow and ice.The Swedish Cottage looking like something from a winter fairytale thanks to those picture perfect icicles!Another picture of the Swedish Cottage covered in snow in Central Park.I met Lola the dog at the start of my walk on Sunday. Her owner kindly let me take a picture of her – isn’t she a cutie?!More beautiful light against the snow in Central Park.Runners in Central Park braving the cold and enjoying the sunshine for a run on Sunday, the day after Winter Storm Jonas hit NYC.A yellow taxi cab zooms through Central Park (L), while the sunshine glints through a snow-capped tree (R).Families enjoy sledging down a snowy hill in Central Park. Which picture is your favorite and why, folks? // Photography by Will Taylor
Beautiful! I can tell you’re truly loving living there.
My favorites are the snowy bridge from today and the people sledding! NYC seems to be a great city for a blizzard situation. It’s got great public transport in the subway system plus it’s walkable. Where I live in the Midwest would be crippled for days!
@Ame – Thank you! Yes, it’s an absolute dream come true to be here. Trying to soak up every second of it. Stay safe this winter in the mid west, I bet it’s freezing there, too!
The two dogs brought a smile to my face as did the picture of you sledging!! 🙂
@Jenni – Thank you! I loved seeing all the dogs loving the snow. 🙂
Amazing photography as always man!
@Ben – Cheers! 🙂
My dream is to visit New York when it’s snowing. Thank you so much for sharing all these dreamy picture with us Will!
@KB – Glad you were able to join in virtually this time and hopefully you will make it in person one day soon, too! 🙂
The picture of the all the little people going down the hill on toboggans!!! Great post x
@Fliss – Isn’t it so cute? Made me smile when I was taking it!
Love all these! NYC draped in a new white coat is simply the best! …I also spy my apartment there which makes this pristine post even better. 😉
@Brooke – Isn’t that blue bike outside your apartment just adorable? Shame it was soon completely covered in snow! Thanks for the kind words! 🙂
These photos are amazing! ESPECIALLY the one of you!!!
@Carly – Thank you so much! I had SO much fun sledging. I mean, not that you can tell or anything! 😉
Your photos are fantastic Will, although I’m much prefer seeing this kind of cold weather on a blog than experiencing it! hahaha
@Karine – Thank you!
Ok totally loving these NYC shots and feeling slightly jealous compared with our slightly soggy and grey UK. x
@Lori – Maybe the snow will make its way across the Atlantic to you guys?!
This is the same kind of winter weather we get in Montreal winters. I’ve been to New York in January about 6 years ago and there was barely any snow at the time. As for my favorite pictures I will say I really like the snow fall in the Central Park pic with the Lamp post and the mouse pic (very cute). Also your face sliding down the slop is priceless 😀
@C.B. – Great choices! I had to follow that mouse for some time in order to capture it not moving! Haha.
I love everything about these pics. SO good. Wish I was there to experience the ultimate snow day with you! Big smooches x
@Jess – Thank you! It really is beautiful to see everything blanketed in white! x
The Swedish Cottage in the snow is gorgeous! Definitely my favorite!
@Trevor – Isn’t it stunning? I only discovered it a year or so ago and it’s now one of my favorite spots in the park!
Enjoying your current weather NY pics. Rain or shine (or snowy time), Will always stylin’ n smilin’.
@Roger – And I’m lovin’ your little rhyme! 😉
I love how people in New York actually got their snowboards out in the middle of the city, how funny! 🙂
Beautiful pictures, snow is just so fascinating! Love the little mouse, good timing you caught this little guy on camera. 🙂
@Linda – I know, right? Seeing people ski and snowboard through the park (and avenues!) was amazing.
Yeah I also saw this video of these guys snowboarding behind a car in the middle of the streets, crazy! And such a strange picture … 🙂
@Linda – Haha, that’s so funny!
I love these pictures, Will! You make it look so dreamy. I was holed up in my warm apartment on Saturday but got out to Central Park yesterday – everyone was having such a fun time. I hope we get more snowstorms this winter, they make for the prettiest pictures!
@Jackie – Right? All that white just makes everything pop and look so beautiful!
Great captures Will – looks like you had a lot of fun (as did we)! Crazy amazing winter storm.
@Susan – So glad you had fun, too. Thanks for the kind words!
Amazing Will! I love the pic with the runners and the one with the little mouse! They remind me of last year when I was in NYC and it snowed like crazy. All the best from a snowless Amsterdam.
@Nick – I love the picture of the runners too! 🙂
I love all of them. Congrats! But that one which you’re “pretending to be an Eskimo”… Gosh! It’s so beautiful! I want a picture like that one too.
@Eder – Thank you so much!
Will! This pics are absolutely stunning! You are going to need to make these into prints ASAP!
@Jenn – So kind of you to say that, thank you!
I love these photos. You do take beautiful photos and I was wondering if you have done a course or just a natural. I visited New York from Australia a few years ago in the Spring and absolutely loved the city. It is so great to be able to see the same landmarks covered in snow. I do so want to come back.
@Sally – Very generous of you to say. I’ve not taken a photography course before, no. I hope you get to come back to NYC one day soon! Cheers to AUS! 🙂
The yellow bike makes an impression on me. Is so strange to see a bike in the snow. Makes you wonder if they didn’t have the time to bring it inside. Nice pictures. A white dream.
@Alexandra – Totally! A dream is a good word.
Such lovely photos – I really enjoyed the photo of the mouse, because a small little poof wandering through the snow . . . too cute! ❄️
@Colin – Ha! It was a tricky one to capture but I’m glad I persevered! 😉
Great photos Will! Thanks for sharing. Great energy in all of them, love the Central Park shots:)
@Jacob – Appreciate those kind words, thanks! 🙂
Hello! I especially like the last one of all the folks sledding, like an outdoor festival, or a modern Bruegel painting. It’s great to see such a busy, busy place come to a halt and just make the best of it. My daughter is there in her last few weeks of college and was also out in the park taking photos! Thanks for sharing!
@Kathy – I love that picture too! It was great to see this frenetic city slow down for a day.
Thank you so much for these amazing photos Will. Going to be spending some time in NY on and off over next year so it helps turn anticipation to excitement thank you ☺️
@Fiona – So pleased the pictures made you excited! 🙂
Ooh, the second picture – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! Beautiful, magical photos.
@Shelagh – Love that reference!
Your pictures are fantastic! The colour come so well! and I love the one with the yellow’s accent! It looks like you had lots of fun.
@Stephanie – Yes, it was so much fun! 🙂
I love them all! If I had to choose my faves would be the one with the view looking down the street with the row house,you in your fuzzy hat, the view looking over the skating rink with the city in the background and the blue bike in the snow. Great post!
@Leanne – Great choices and thanks for stopping by! 🙂
NYC is gorgeous when it first snows, but I will admit.. I’m excited it hit last weekend, and not this weekend since flying into the city midst a snow storm is a nightmare.
Josh | The Kentucky Gent
@Josh – Safe travels next week!
Amazing photos as always. I love the photo with the lamp. The splash of green is perfect. Would make a great print!!
@Jennifer – Oh, thank you! The snow was coming down sooooo hard at that point!
These all made me smile. We are a military family from the Midwest currently stationed in Texas. I so miss the snow (as in this pristine, sparkling snow from your pics- not the grey, sloppy aftermath lol!). As for my favorite. Wow, I can’t pick one! I love the pops of yellow from the taxi and the bike, the little mouse is super cute, and you sledding made me smile! Thanks for giving me a virtual taste of winter! Greetings from snowless Ft. Hood!
@April – Thank you for stopping by! I’m pleased the images made you smile. Cheers from NYC! 🙂
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I so enjoyed your pictures of the snowstorm. I live so close, just in Westchester, and hoped to make it for the big snow. Alas, the trains shut down, so I am crossing my fingers for next time. I WOULD however love to know what camera you are using to take such amazing photos. Please share. I am in the market for a new camera. Thanks and best wishes
@Kathleen – Thanks! I use a Canon 5D III.
Hi Will, I’m following you on instagram for a while and just found out you wrote so many posts about NYC! I love the pictures in this one – although I hope to have warmer weather in march, when I will be in NYC with my husband for the very first time. I’m getting more and more excited while watching all your pictures! Thanks for sharing! xxx Constanze