I learn a lot taking the CNBC shuttle each day to and from Manhattan and the leafy suburbs of New Jersey where the studios are based. I've made new friends from departments within CNBC that I wouldn't normally come into contact with during work hours. And while we cross-pollinate ideas and trade idle gossip, sometimes the conversation turns to the weather. It's usually in the context of, "Where the bleep is the shuttle bus?" as we huddle in the freezing wind.
But yesterday's weather chat got me thinking. It went something like this: one shuttle rider said, "I don't go out when it's this cold. I turn down invitations". My contribution was, "I watch inordinate amounts of TV".
The trickle-down effect on local businesses, especially in a city like New York that depends a lot on walk-in traffic, must be pronounced. Restaurants in my area have been dead on these chilly nights. You hear of people making reservations, then not even showing up. The restaurant industry counts on the good weather days to counter the bad weather days. But what happens when the scales are tipped towards the bad weather days over the course of the winter? After all, this is supposed to be the coldest February since I was born in the 1970s, o rin some locations, since…like…ever!
I'm interested to hear your experience. If you work in or own a shop/restaurant, what have you seen happen during this freezing spell? And if you're just an average Joe like me, do you go out less?
And P.S. if you feel like comfort-eating bucket loads of pasta washed down with hot chocolate, you're not alone.