Snow may have “paralyzed” Paris in a “catastrophe” (CNN’s words, not mine) yesterday, but some lightheartedly took to the streets in the first ever snowboard ride down Montmartre! What I like about this video is how it captures the trek up and the conviviality amongst children and adults alike in the snow. It’s almost a Paris from the past or maybe a vision of what post-modern cities should be like, always. Look out for when they snowboard past the Beateau-Lavoir in Place Émile Goudeau, studio and home to Pablo Picasso and frequented by Henri Matisse, George Braque, Gertrude Stein and more. Last year, New Yorkers took to Times Square in a massive impromptu midnight snowball fight. There aren’t any hills left anymore for a funicular, sadly, but you can always rely on New Yorkers to get extra rowdy.
Michelle is the founder of Untapped New York. She is the author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, and Broadway. She is a graduate of Harvard College in the History of Art and Architecture and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture.