While many across the tri-state were digging out from under the snow, kids and adults took to parks across the area to have some fun in the powder under Saturday's sunshine.
In Central Park, the February snow turned the normally jagged winter landscape into a wonderland.
The 15-acre preserve was blanketed with nearly a foot of snow. It turned into a playground for frolicking dogs and for children building snowmen and making angels under the bright sun.
Russell Austin brought his snowboard out to the park to play on the hills.
"Boy, I just had to work on my snowboard to get it nice and ready so I could cruise through the snow," he told NBC 4 New York.. "I just couldn't wait. I was running outside in shorts last night, so happy."
Mike McNamara left his downhill skis in Colorado when he moved east recently. But he did bring his cross-country skis — just in case there was enough snow in New York City, like he'd seen on TV.
The day finally arrived Saturday.
The 55-year-old chief operating officer of a Bronx charter school flashed a grin as he pushed off with his poles across Central Park's Sheep Meadow.
But this was still New York City, and McNamara says "it's hard to find a spot that's not fenced in" — including Sheep Meadow, with its postcard-perfect view of Manhattan's skyline.