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The transportation ban may have been lifted, but if the powers-that-be at your job are kind and benevolent, you still have adult snow day. Whether you're in full-on hibernation mode (Netflix, hot chocolate, pajamas) or want to get out and explore (when else are NYC's streets going to be this eerily empty?), we've got your Juno itinerary covered.
Queue Up a Fashion Documentary
Unzipped; Photo: Love-Loup
Netflix has gone a bit fashion-doc-crazy in the fast few months, and we're not mad about it. A few recent ones that are currently streamable: Advanced Style (which profiles fashionable New Yorkers over 60), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (a portrait of the legendary editor's life), Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (a behind the scenes look at the designer-launching-pad department store), and Mademoiselle C (which follows Carine Roitfeld in the weeks leading up to the debut of her magazine, CR). Of course, playing a game of spot-the-'90s-supermodel while watching Unzipped never gets old, either.
Shop From Bed
Some New York stores got a late start today; others are just taking the day off because they can (see: French Garment Cleaners, International Playground, Catbird). But the one place that's definitely not closed? The Internet. Check out our list of local boutiques and brands hosting snow day specials on their sites for ideal shopping-from-the-couch-with-spiked-cocoa-in-hand conditions.
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Not every shop turned down for Juno. A handful of favorites are staying open today, blizzard be damned. Right now you can browse new arrivals at Fivestory, pick up a Valentine's day present at Love Adorned, or update your workout wardrobe at Brooklyn Running Co.
Break a Sweat
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With all the extra time you have on your hands today, now is the perfect chance to hit the gym...except that your gym is 20 gross, slushy blocks away. You can prep for next time by building your home gym, following along with a Crunch Live video, or squeezing in a sweat session right now with these .gif workouts.
· Is crop-top shape the goal? Use Westside Pilates's ab routine.
· Want to go long, lean, and limber? Try Xtend Barre's barre-less routine.
· Want a quick blast of all-over cardio and toning Use this Uplift Studios sequence.
· Got a roommate or significant other around? Sweat it out together with the Concrete Fitness twins' partner workouts.
Snag Yourself a Cronut
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Most restaurants and food establishments are re-opening by this afternoon—and yes, you're allowed to order on Seamless again. But getting yourself out of the house has its rewards: For example, there was the tiniest Cronut line in history after Dominique Ansel opened his bakery at 11am this morning—maybe you could snag the elusive pastry now. Plus, all of restauranteur Danny Meyer's outposts (like Marta, Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, and The Modern) are BYOB and corkage fee-free through Wednesday, saving a bunch on your final bill.
Settle in With an "It Girl" Profile
Tinsley Mortimer and Olivia Palermo in 2007. Photo: Getty Images.
Now's the chance to catch up with your longreads, and "It Girls"—from Lena Dunham and Tavi Gevinson to Chloe Sevigny and Tinsley Mortimer—make for fascinating profile subjects, if only for the winding logic writers use to analyze their "it"-ness. Racked has rounded up ten of the best "It Girl" reads, like Sassy's 1992 takedown of Saved By The Bell star Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, and The LA Times' 2007 peek into the life of Cory Kennedy, teenage intern/muse/girlfriend to mid-aughts hipster photographer The Cobra Snake.
Best enjoyed after a hot toddy, adult snow day sledding is just as fun as the sledding you did as a kid, but with the added bonus that on any other day, you'd be working. The best hills can be found at Prospect Park West and 9th Street, next to the Tennis House, though if you're a North Brooklynite or an Astorian, your closest options are the small but hill-replete Fort Greene Park and Astoria Park. Though the parks in downtown Manhattan are unfortunately quite flat, Central Park's Pilgrim Hill (Fifth Avenue at 72nd Street) will do the job just fine. Upper East Siders, you're best off at Carl Schurz Park, while Upper West Siders are practically spoiled with options: Riverside, Morningside, and Fort Tryon Parks all have sledding hills (though you'll probably be competing with a few kids). No sled? Brokelyn has some ideas on how to DIY one.
Get Your Michelle Kwan On
The holiday crowds are long gone, but (most of) NYC's outdoor ice rinks remain. The Bryant Park rink should be up and running shortly, but if you don't mind paying the hefty entrance fee, the Rink at Rockefeller Center is already open. The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers will also hold normal public skating hours today (3pm to 5pm).
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