Winter Storm Toby: What's Still Open in D.C., New York and Boston?

Updated | An East Coast spring is upon us, and that could only mean one thing: snow everywhere.

As the slush accumulates in Washington, D.C., and federal government workers get their casual blue suits wet making snow angels, Newsweek is reporting what's still open in D.C., New York City and Boston.

Washington, D.C.

In Washington, D.C., the cheer rang out as the office of personnel management announced that all federal offices are closed on Wednesday, giving lots of non-emergency workers a day of doing less than usually gets done in federal government buildings.

The White House, too, cancelled all public events for Wednesday, The Hill reported.

For those hoping the day off could mean a long-awaited museum trip, there are just two Smithsonians to choose from: The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History are both open between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. It will also be one of the few days you can check out the NMAAHC without a timed pass.

All other Smithsonians in the capital region, including the National Zoo, have been closed by Toby.

It's not just the Smithsonians, unfortunately. The Newseum also announced it would close for the day. But not the International Spy Museum, open until 7 p.m.

If the closures wasn't sad enough, fried chicken and doughnut mavericks Astro Doughnuts will be closed in D.C. and Virginia.

Unsurprisingly, air travel is affected. Dulles airport said it was accepting planes, but some flights have been cancelled, so be certain to check ahead.

New York

Up in New York, the snow has similarly started to disrupt working days and national icons. The Statue of Liberty will be taking a break from huddling masses all Wednesday, as will Ellis Island. You should be able to contact them for a refund or exchange if you've already bought your ticket.

MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, stated it will be open as usual, until 5:30 p.m., but check for updates as the museum monitors the snow.

The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art stated it will remain open as usual, until 5:30 p.m. The Guggenheim is open but monitoring the weather. It normally closes at 5:45 p.m., according to its website.

The American Museum of Natural History is open as normal, until 5:45 p.m.

The Observatory at the Empire State Building is closing early at 3pm and opening back up as normal at 8am on Thursday.

No animals to see, though, with the Central Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium all closed. Visitors can expect them to be open as normal on Thursday.

Air travel to and from New York is likely to be one of the worst affected services in the city according to Rick Cotton, executive director of the New York and New Jersey Port Authority.

JFK Airport's latest number of canceled flights was 618 "with possibly more later today," so be sure to check ahead.


A little further north in Boston, the snow is starting to pick up, with local station WHDH saying it'll be heaviest late on Wednesday. As of yet, there are no signs of closures, but that could change throughout the day: A number of schools have said they'll be letting kids out a little early.

This story was updated with the closure time of the Observatory at the Empire State Building.