The Blizzard of '03

On Sunday evening, February 16, 2003, a major winter storm that had already shut down Philadelphia and Washington began dropping gentle flakes of snow on Manhattan. By Monday morning, a foot of snow had fallen and when the snow finally stopped early Tuesday morning, the twenty inches of snow represented one of the largest winter storms to ever hit New York. Mayor Bloomberg estimated that the additional costs for snow removal at around one million dollars per inch. It was the biggest storm of the century...although the century was only three years old.

While blizzards are a nightmare to many commuters and service workers, Manhattan residents take to the streets and parks of the city and find their inner child, regardless of their age. President's Day, 2003 became one big snow day off from school. On Monday afternoon, I left the warmth of my Upper West Side closet apartment and ventured into Central Park to capture the following images.

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February 18: The next day, the big thaw began. Road crews worked alternating 12-hour shifts to clear snow. I snapped some shots of Riverside Park on my daily run, including a distressed barge in the ice-filled Hudson River.

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February 19-21: The beauty of 2/18 before was now just an annoyance to pedestrians. Snow often clogs the drains at street corners and dirty water from the melting snow creates extremely annoying slush ponds.

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March 4: After a couple of weeks that included days with temperatures in the 40's, the blizzard of '03 was almost a memory.

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March 6: The snow starts again...

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April 7: One last tepid blast of winter...

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