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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 Andy Cush

This afternoon, ANIMAL ventured out into the frozen tundra that is currently Hell’s Kitchen to ask people one question: What the hell are you doing outside right now? Between a lot of “going to work” and “getting lunch,” we got some interesting responses, including one from a very serious journalist who was having none of […]

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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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Andy Cush

Definitive proof that New Yorkers’ weather resiliency wasn’t left behind sometime in the 1800s: despite lots of snow, slippery streets, and sub-zero windchill, over 3,000 Citi Bike trips have been taken in the less than 24 hours since snow started falling, NYC Bike Share marketing director Dani Simons tells ANIMAL. For comparison, over 10,000 trips […]

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Andy Cush

Do not call this winter storm “Hercules.” It’s not the thing’s name–winter storms don’t have names–and besides, it’s a silly thing to call what was ultimately pretty minor event anyway. In a stroke of evil genius, The Weather Channel began giving its own names to winter storms in 2012. Gawker explained why this is bad last year, […]

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Bucky Turco

All last night and throughout this morning, it snowed in New York City. As a result, snow accumulated. Some of that snow covered the streets. Some of it fell into subway stations. Some of it even amassed on top of a cab. This is what happens when it snows. (Photo: Bucky Turco/ANIMALNewYork) […]

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Andy Cush

New York City got hit with a lot of snow last night. And while it will surely inconvenience us–and provide Bill de Blasio with the first big challenge of his brand new mayoralty–it will be nothing like the quaint, Dickensian chaos New Yorkers faced a century and a half ago, before the days of SUVs […]

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12.10.13 Bucky Turco

It’s snowing in a New York City right now and although this has happened before, each time it does, it gets treated as some sort of special weather phenomenon. Here’s what the light accumulation looked like from Lady Liberty’s view this morning by way of Earthcam. (Photo: via @alastormspotter) […]

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10.08.13 Andy Cush

Yesterday, we told you that a crane at the seemingly cursed One57 luxury high rise had collapsed (again), leading to the closure of 57th betwen Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Authorities told us at the time that they’d attempt to fix the crane while it stood rather than bring it down like they did in the […]

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07.10.13 Andy Cush

Queens’s Broad Channel neighborhood is plagued by floods, and not just when an epochal storm like Sandy rolls around–about twice a month, water from Jamaica Bay takes over the streets. To combat that, the city has set aside $22 million dollars for a plan that would literally raise the streets and sidewalks of the area […]

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