NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The winter weather that has gone on relentlessly for months has made people think about the simplicities of spring and summer.
As CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported, skies were beautiful and sun was bright on Monday in New York City, but the temperature was 33 degrees late in the afternoon — and snow is in the forecast for later in the week. People were bundled up as if it were January, and they are sick and tired of it.
They are begging the weather gods for a break. CBS 2 gave people a chance to gripe, and finish a sentence beginning, “I just want to…”
They had plenty of winter-weary responses.
Billy Amato, Upper West Side: “I just want to shed this coat and just get rid of it, and never see it again,
Molly Burns, Upper West Side: ““I just want to be able to go outside without putting my earmuffs on; without being scared that my fingers are going to freeze off.”
Sherry Nunez, Upper West Side: ““I just want to slip my feet into flip flops or something, and just go!”
Rick Barfield, Jamaica, Queens: “I just want to walk out, and not see any more snow.”
Runners and bikers expressed a similar sentiment – for practical and safety reasons.
Beverly Paulis Lukaszewski: ““I just want to be able to go out and run in my shorts and tank top, without 10 layers on.”
Ryan Lum, Kensington, Brooklyn: “I just want to be able to bike around without worrying about snow; about ice.”
Those who work outside said all the extra layers are slowing them down.
“I just wish I could wear my shorts,” a mover said.
And a pedicab driver said the brutal winter has slowed down business.
“I just want to be able to make some money,” he said.
But believe it or not, some are dreading the warm weather. Hilary Joy Diaz was out in a mink coat.
Hilary Joy Diaz, Upper East Side: “I just want to be able to wear my coat a little bit more before I give it to my furrier for the season.”
But almost everyone else is ready for a new season.
People chimed in on social media too, with one viewer tweeting Jiang, “I just want to see Weijia doing a story in August about people complaining about the heat.”
And in another popular answer, drivers just want to hop into their cars and go – without having to warm up their vehicles and clear off mounds of snow.
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