Back in New York City for a cold weekend. As I write this Saturday night at 10pm it’s 27F/-3C outside. High temp today was 30F/-1C. Bright, blue skies all day. Snow is forecast for Sunday and we may see 1-3 inches in Manhattan on Sunday. I fly home Monday and not expecting to be impacted. This is the third coldest February in New York City weather history. FRIDAY Boarded the 7:15am SFO-Dallas flight. Slept an hour of the 3 hour flight to DFW in my coach seat (made it up to #2 on list, but as I booked this two weeks out never thought the upgrade odds would be good), and then started watching the SNL 40th anniversary show the rest of the way.On arrival it was snowing and another aircraft was occupying our gate. Took about 30 mins to find us another gate which ended up being right next to our original one. Thought for sure I had missed my connection to New York LaGuardia, even though it was in the same terminal about 10 gates down. It was my lucky day. Arrived at the gate 10 mins before the 1:35pm departure to find the gate area packed and a 20 min departure delay posted. We did board, and then we sat. DFW is not well equipped to deal with deicing, and today every aircraft needed to be deiced. We made it to the deicing pad just before 4pm and were airborne at 4:30pm, so running almost 3 hours behind schedule. Flight time was 2.5 hours and we landed at 8pm (time zone change). I wasn’t expecting an upgrade here, either, as only one seat was open and I was #3 on the list. Guess there were some misconnects with the weather and they cleared four additional upgrades at the gate. Enjoyed two glasses of white wine, a beef burrito with rice, and a key lime tart for dessert. Used one of my three remaining free wi-fi passes which are due to expire in May. Bought a Metro card at an airport shop, then off on the Q70 bus into Queens for a connection to the 7 line subway into Manhattan. Got off at Bryant Park/42nd Street and connected to another train one stop away to Herald Square/34th Street, and then a 10 min walk to my hotel. Total transit costs: $2.50. Checked in just after 9 (no luggage worries as I did carry-on). I’m at Hyatt Place on a $98 plus tax rate (this is one fantastic rate for New York City). Popped out to get some Diet Coke and a snack and was in for the night. SATURDAY Some water tower views from my room: More hotel and water tower photos starting here: http://tom911.smugmug.com/Hotels/Hyatt-Hotels/2015-Hyatt-Place-Midrown/i-CCqpQrc Was out at 10am and walked around midtown, roughly 36th Street up to 50th Street. The Empire State Building is just two blocks away from the hotel.