Sledding in Harlem is so much fun! It is comforting to go in your own backyard and enjoy the hills of snow after a blizzard! Thursday’s blizzard wasn’t our worst so there could very well be school on Friday. But in the event of another snow day, and you want to partake in some action, read on for our favorite hills. Remember that as long as blizzard conditions exist, public parks may be temporarily closed. Please read below for safety tips.

St Nicholas Park at 135th Street is a popular sledding location. The hill is steep for the most part but levels out near the stairs, ideal for smaller sledders. On your way to great snow day fun, stop by Cafe One for a warm-up of hot chocolate. The Cafe is located at the corner of 141st Street and Amsterdam. If you’re hungry, try our favorite, the BLT!

Another great hill is located inside of Riverside Park at 142nd Street. This hill is near the Riverbank Camel Playground and is a bit more ideal for smaller children. Spend the day playing in the playground’s gates, building snowmen then exit for the hill just behind the playground.

The official NYC Parks Snow Day location for Manhattan is Morningside Park at 110th Street: “During times of heavy snowfall, NYC Parks may offer a snow day, which is a day of free organized recreation in several parks throughout the city. Activities may include supervised safe sledding (there will be sleds available at each snow day site), snowman building contests, snow angel contests, friendly snowball fights, music, and complimentary hot chocolate. Call 311 to confirm if snow-day is in effect.” – NYC Parks (photo: NYC Parks Dept)

Please take precaution when preparing for sledding. While it is fun, it can be dangerous. Dress for the weather; you can work up a bit of a sweat with any outdoor activity but keep in mind that the snow is cold! Adult supervision is recommended at all times. Be aware of surroundings and landing areas at hill bottoms. Never leave children unattended.

Michelle Caines
Author: Michelle Caines

Co-creator of Uptown Birdies, Michelle is a Harlem-born mother of three with a passion for anything educational and mindfulness. She enjoys hunting down affordable kid-friendly events within upper Manhattan and teaching mindfulness. Social handle: @mscaines & @tlbmindfulness