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02.24.14 Andy Cush

Snow is a scourge. It has held our city in a virtual stranglehold for months — this weekend’s pleasant weather notwithstanding —  turning sidewalks into skating rinks, screwing up parking, and keeping the Department of Sanitation from picking up trash. And there’s more coming this week. But that doesn’t change the fact that it can […]

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Andy Cush

Street artist BAMN created this witty temporary piece at Hancock and Broadway near the Bushwick/Bed Stuy border, uploading photos to his Flickr over the weekend. “This blows,” it reads, with snow arranged to look like lines of, well, you know. It even sports a giant, rolled-up dollar bill. (Photos: BAMN) […]

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02.17.14 Bucky Turco

Soft snow at the Winter Olympics in Sochi has led to international condemnation from athletes riding the half pipe, lots of injuries, and an emergency delivery of large grain salt from Switzerland to make the slopes icy enough to compete. But today, it wasn’t the snow that was keeping events from taking place, it was […]

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Andy Cush

In the above grainy surveillance footage, a New York City snow plow drives down Austin Street, in Forest Hills, Queens, past the Exo Cafe, and all hell breaks loose. It looks like a small bomb going off. According to police, the plow struck a garbage can and sent it through the restaurant’s windows, sending three […]

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02.14.14 Andy Cush

When Bill de Blasio addressed his decision not to close New York City schools for yesterday’s snowstorm, he pointed to history, noting that the city has only closed schools for snow 11 times since 1978. “Unlike some cities, we don’t shut down in the face of adversity,” he argued. “I’m going to make decisions based […]

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02.07.14 Andy Cush

In the surveillance video above, we see a pedestrian walking down Coney Island Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, minding his own business, when two snow plows drive by. The first passes without incident, but moments later, the second sends a tidal wave of snow and slush barreling toward the sidewalk, sweeping up our hero and knocking […]

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01.24.14 Andy Cush

The most frustrating part of Bill de Blasio’s mea culpa about the “botched” plow job on the Upper East Side after the snowstorm was that by apologizing, the mayor was privileging the wealthy UES over the city’s other snowbound neighborhoods. He played right into the New York Post’s weather class warfare non-narrative, despite the fact […]

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01.08.14 Aymann Ismail

Even though the polar vortex is finally dissipating, the Hudson River is icy today. It’s not completely frozen — more of a chunky soup texture. Still, that’s fairly unusual. The surface of the Hudson River previously only froze completely in 1821, 1780 and 1720. We went over to check it out… so you don’t have to. (Photos: […]

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01.07.14 Marina Galperina

…but so picturesque. As New Yorkers brave the cold, we should check our modern day privilege, occasionally. Remember how toilsome NYC storms were in the 1800s? In 1905, some weather happened again! It wasn’t 9 degrees… But this is what it looked like. Above, is the Flatiron Building archived on Shorpy. And this is “Fifth Avenue after a snow storm.” Here’s […]

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01.03.14 Nate Cepis

How much did it snow across the five boroughs last night and this morning? ANIMAL created this infographic, which shows the average and maximum recorded snowfall in each. The Bronx tops the list with 11.6 inches of average snowfall and a 9.4-inch average, and Manhattan comes in last, with a 7.8-inch max and 7.1-inch average. […]

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