As much as the current cold wave sucks, it does offer local media outlets some great content opportunities. Ice floes are nothing new and they happen elsewhere, but like all things weather, when they happen in New York City, they carry even greater significance (at least to New Yorkers) than when they form in other places around the country. So, after documenting what frozen Manhattan looks like from a helicopter, this morning we flew our quadrocopter ANIMAL 3 over the Hudson River near the Intrepid to get a slightly closer look of the ice that makes the West Side look otherworldly.

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(Photo/Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)