It may only be the end of January, but many New Yorkers are already looking for signs that the icy grip of winter is loosening. While some in the nation will be celebrating the beginning of Chinese New Year and rooting for their favorite teams, others of us will be watching attentively as Punxsutawney Phil, the country’s most famous weather-prognosticating groundhog, makes his prediction about the coming of spring.
Groundhog Day, which has its origins in ancient European weather lore, is a longtime Pennsylvania German custom. According to legend, if it’s cloudy on the day the groundhog emerges from its burrow, the animal will not see its shadow and spring will come early. If it’s sunny on the day the groundhog emerges, it will see its shadow and retreat back into its den – signaling six more weeks of winter.
Regardless of Phil’s verdict on spring's arrival, you can always enjoy the beauty of the High Line in winter from the comfort of your own home by visiting the High Line Flickr Pool. Prefer the icy temps and fluffy snowfalls? Stay tuned for our annual Snow Sculpt-Off and bring your mittens to craft a frosty work of art.