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The Blizzard: 1899

The Blizzard: 1899

New York, 1899. "Dumping snow carts at the river after a blizzard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Gaslight Era

Note the gas lamp streetlight on the extreme left.

The distinctive buildings on the far shore may be enough for one of our "Shorpy Detectives" to identify the exact site.

The building with the tall tower _might_ be the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Hoboken Terminal, with the tower being viewed on a diagonal so that its open "bell" story above the clocks cannot be seen.

At the extreme far left, there's a group of smokestacks which _might_ be the Hudson & Manhattan RR powerhouse in Jersey City, seen from an angle such that only three of the four stacks are visible.

I'd like to hear from the "real" Shorpy detectives as to what that actually is......I will not be surprised if I am not even on the correct river.

In The First Half Of The Last Century

On December 26 & 27,1947, in NYC, there was a Blizzard that dropped 26.4 inches of snow and paralyzed all the Boroughs. We've had other Storms, and another one is on the way as well, but that one really impressed me, I was almost 15 Years old at the time. I remember that my Father had an awful toothache on that Saturday. At that time it was not unusual for a Dentist's Office to be located in his home. Having no phone Dad trekked about a mile to a Dentist that he knew might be home and it worked. He paid the guy $5.00 to pull the tooth. Putting it in perspective, a filling cost $2.00.

Looking at a foot of snow today

Very timely.

New York hasn't dumped snow into the river for some time now. The road salt and motor oil are bad for the health of the watershed.

Instead the City plows the snow into huge piles to get it out of the way. Later on they move it to a holding area where it's shoveled into an snow melter machine. The salty, oily water is dumped into the sanitary sewer system where it will get processed along with the sewage.

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