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Snowpocalypse 2010! the Bronx edition

Someone wanted to know what Snowpocalypse 2010 was like up in my corner of the Bronx, so I wandered around and took some photos this afternoon. It’s not like the winter wonderland images of snow-blanketed Manhattan you see in the movies. When it snows in NYC, it’s pretty for about 10 minutes, and then it’s a huge mess and an even huger pain in the ass.

The main Woodlawn drag — Katonah Avenue, or as bronxbee and I like to call it, Woodlawn High Street — had been cleared, both street and sidewalk, for the most part:

But the residential side streets don’t get anywhere near the same attention, from either the plows or the property owners, who are required by law to shovel but don’t always do so:

And all the street corners invariably look like this:

That is, pools of icy, muddy, disgusting slush that are impossible to navigate without getting wet and colder than you already are.

Dirty snow, burying some poor sap’s car:

Do drivers do this in other places,

put their wipers up in the air before it snows so they don’t get frozen to the windshield? I don’t remember seeing anything like that in previous years, and it never occurred to me, when I owned a car, to do this. It’s clever.

I don’t want to sound too down on the snow — it can be pretty:

But it does make it unpleasant to get around.

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