If you're from the South or West and looking at an apartment to rent in New York City, you may think that the City is a northeastern city that is cold and windy most of the year. And that when Winter arrives only the very brave will venture outside. What you may be surprised to learn is that even though New Yorkers get to enjoy all 4 seasons, the Winters aren't that bad and the Summers can be pretty warm.
New York City Springs
Spring may be the perfect time of year to live in the City. Temperatures in the 60s and 70s, and many times there's a slight breeze in the air. Daylight goes from about 12 hours a day to the peak of almost 15 hours of sun. These are the days that many people start early by opening their windows to the crisp morning air, then head out for a morning jog or a long walk with the dog. The many parks throughout the City start to get more use as the days get longer and more people from out of town start to visit.
Summers in the City
Summer temperatures can reach the 90s, but average highs tend to peak in the mid 80s. There is ample shade and parks with water so those that start to feel the heat usually can cool down quickly. In the Summer the nightlife seems a bit more active, with restaurants open later and offering sidewalk dining in the open air. Many residents choose to leave their AC on overnight, but most nights provide enough cooling to sleep with the windows open.
Leaves Changing in the Park
Autumn arrives with a little bite in the air, as the days shorten (to a touch over 9 hours of daylight by the time Winter begins) and average high temperatures start to dip into the 60s and 50s. If you're watching the Yankees in the post season, you'll notice some of the fans may be dressed for a blizzard - trust us, it's not that cold. This is perfect weather for seeing the sites and exercising outdoors.
New York City Winters
First off - it does snow here in the Winter. And sometimes it can be a number of inches of the white stuff. But the good news is that it doesn't stick around too long because average daily high temperatures are well above freezing, and by March daily highs are approaching 50. It's always neat to see snow falling around iconic monuments like the Empire State Building or Statue of Liberty. Or while ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza. During Winter it seems that only the diehard athletes are running and biking outside. Don't worry - if you're dressed in layers it usually isn't that bad (many are more affected by the morning or evening darkness than the actual cold).
Yes, it does get hot and cold in New York City. But it's not too hot and it's not too cold - it's just right, and there's something to enjoy in each one here in the City. If you're just know thinking of moving to the City, start by taking a look at some of the unique Manhattan neighborhoods around, as well as some of the trends for real estate in the City.