A snowy day in the Big Town

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Third Avenue at 73rd Street looking north. 12:45 PM. Photo: JH.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Snow came as forecast although not a storm or blizzard but light and wet. In New York it was on the wet side and of course made traffic even more difficult to get around. Cold and rainy by late afternoon into the evening, with temps at freezing. Mother Nature’s son.

JH and I had a business lunch meeting in the East 70s. Not the kind of weather you want to keep a date on. I drove since it was fairly nearby our addresses. The good news was the traffic was fairly light for a weekday, as you can see from JH’s photo of Third Avenue at 73rd Street looking north about 12:45. I was looking for a parking space.

After the meeting, back in the car, the “mixed” ice/snow covered the windshield, easily moved away by the wipers. Here we are moving up Third Avenue in the 80s.
The squeeze while waiting for the light, next to a bus.
Close but clear.
The USPS driver was busy unloading the packages. These double parked delivery trucks have become the step-cousins of all of the empty retail spaces throughout the city. The hundreds of vacant spaces are a grim reminder of the changes in the community.
Passing a school at 73rd and Third, a reminder that this potential snowy weather is fun for the kids. Remember when?
For the adult, it’s a cold and slippery trek. For the kids, every step is a fun adventure …

And then there’s the avenue which says it all.

By 2:45, meeting over; the snow had stopped altogether and I was heading home. This was the corner of 86th Street and East End Avenue at the plaza of Carl Schurz Park. The plough on the truck has the word Blizzard on it. Wet and cold would have been a more appropriate description.

This was the first time I got stuck in traffic yesterday, and it was on East End because there were school buses and private cars double parked on the western side, waiting for the two girls’ schools – Chapin and Brearle y– to let out. We’re looking at the three residential buildings on Gracie Square overlooking Carl Schurz and the East River – from right to left: Number 1, Number 7 and Number 10.

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