streets in brooklyn – unplowed four days after the blizzard

these were taken a couple weeks ago, after new york was hit with 18 inches of snow.  i was in rhinebeck for my mother’s birthday when the blizzard hit.  my father, snow-hardy and stubborn, insisted on taking his wife out for dinner-and-a-movie in the middle of the storm.  we all bundled into the car, with brother luke in the trunk, scraped 6 inches of snow off the windshield and drove slowly into town to the only restaurant with doors still open for brave and hungry souls.  two hours later we piled back in the car, scraped another 3 inches of snow of the windshield and drove more slowly to the movie theatre for the latest angelina jolie flick.  we had the theatre to ourselves.  two hours after that we piled back in the car, scraped even more snow off, drove even more slowly home.  the snow was so thick my father, telling snow-driving horror stories the whole way, could barely tell where we were – even on roads he’s driven every day for the last 40 years.  we almost missed the road for our house.  it was unplowed and essentially a field of snow, making it difficult to determine the difference between on-the-road and off-the-road.  i sat in the passenger seat and yelled mailbox! when the car strayed too far right, and stone-wall! when it strayed too far left.  we nearly hit both.

back in brooklyn a few days later, many streets were still unplowed.  snow-mountains hid parked cars, and those who spent hours shoveling their car out could claim a sort of igloo-garage for themselves.  others just parked in the middle of the road.  the pictures are really taken too late to do the chaos justice, but you can get a sense of it.

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~ by aliciawolcott on January 8, 2011.

One Response to “streets in brooklyn – unplowed four days after the blizzard”

  1. blizzard part two last night. new york got it’s act together. the storm started at 10pm. they started plowing at 8pm. 9 inches of snow and i was only ten minutes late to work.

    squish squash and i miss you!

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