Friday, February 12, 2016

Adventures in the Blizzard

The blizzard Jonas struck New York City at late evening of January 22, 2016 and continued to dump snow the whole day of the following day. Since it was a Saturday, I went to the city to do my usual weekend walk.

I got off at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. Prometheus, the most photographed piece of art in New York City, was still clutching the fire while battling the falling snow at the skating rink.

When I passed by the Channel Gardens, it was literally a Winter Wonderland! Very apt for its first showcase for 2016 which has an 8-foot tall disco ball snowman as the centerpiece.

Also at the Rockefeller Center complex is the statue of Atlas, the largest sculpture at the center. He was carrying the world on his shoulders amid the falling snow.

Across Atlas is St. Patrick's Cathedral, it's newly-restored facade gleams through the falling snow.

After walking a few blocks along Fifth Avenue, I arrived at the Grand Army Plaza across the Apple flagship store. I could see the crew with their shovels but they were no match for all the snow that the blizzard was dumping.

One of my favorite places in the park is the observation rock by the Pond. I decided to climb and check the view when I arrived in the park since the snow was freshly fallen and wasn't slick as nobody has trampled over it yet. My climb was rewarded with this view.

So where do the ducks go in the winter? They were right there by the Gapstow Bridge huddling on the unfrozen waters of the Pond.

Looking back at this little path by The Pond, in all its snowy glory.

The snowflakes sting so much so I took shelter at the Inscope Arch. It was like a snowglobe world, looking out from the arch.

The Central Park Dairy House looked like a fairy-tale house in the winter with all the snow from the blizzard.

Just a few yards from the Dairy House is Playmates Arch, its design echoes that of the Central Park carousel which was already closed for the winter season.

Carousel rides weren't in the minds of the people in the park that day, but winter sports like sledding and for the more adventurous, snowboarding. The snow-filled steps of the Bethesda Terrace was the perfect place for it!

Just as The Mall was a perfect place to take a walk in the winter in the middle of a blizzard!

At the end of The Mall and the Bethesda Terrace is the Bethesda Fountain and the Angel of the Waters. Whether in the blizzard or on a bright sunny day, the area is everyone's favorite.

I stopped by everyone's favorite bridge, the beautiful Bow Bridge. It looked so magical with all the swirling snow.

I exited the park after the visit to the bridge. Much as I wanted to walk some more, I was monitoring the news as the subway system might be suspended if the blizzard worsens and I wanted to be home by then. On my way out I saw two officers of the NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol Mounted Unit who patrols the city parks on horseback.

When I passed the Imagine mosaic in Strawberry Fields, the part with the word Imagine has been cleared of snow. Fans are really the best!

Outside the park, the snow was still blowing hard. This was the scene I came across as I wait to cross the street.

I dropped by 42nd Street before I headed for home. This was Times Square during the blizzard.

By mid-afternoon the snow was still falling relentlessly, this was my view at the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue.

My final destination before I went home was the Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in Bryant Park. During extreme cold weather, the water in the fountain freezes, as it did during the blizzard Jonas.

26.8 inches of snow fell on Central Park during the blizzard, making it the second-highest all-time record in a 24 hour period.

Despite the cold and the stinging snowflakes, it was great to be out and walking in the city and the park. Snow really makes the city look like a winter wonderland, even if it would be back to reality the following day with all the shoveling to do.

For the rest of my Blizzard Jonas pics, here are the albums on Flickr:

Blizzard Jonas: NYC Streets

Central Park: January 2016