Bay Ridge

Storm snapshots from Brooklyn’s Blizzard of 2016

January 25, 2016 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
And so it begins — snow flies in front of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Patrick on Friday night. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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Saturday’s storm was one for the record books.

It gave us the second-heaviest snowfall since New York City started keeping weather records just after the Civil War.

Sensible Brooklynites stayed inside and binge-watched their favorite Netflix series while that frozen white stuff buried the borough, then tuned in to Sunday football the following day.

On behalf of all those sensible folks, Brooklyn Eagle photographers waded into the snow from Downtown Brooklyn to Bay Ridge — AKA Snow Ridge — and took snapshots to serve as mementos of the mammoth storm.

By 10 p.m. Friday, flakes were flying in Brooklyn neighborhoods.

On mid-day Saturday, Mayor de Blasio signaled that this was going to be something really big. He announced that the snow was falling at a rate of one to three inches per hour — and that there would be a city-wide travel ban on all non-emergency vehicles through 7 a.m. Sunday. Above-ground subway service was suspended, too.

Nearly 27 inches of snow fell before the snow clouds relented.

On Sunday, the weather gods obliged by sending sunshine and cerulean skies. This made the tasks of sidewalk shoveling and digging out buried autos slightly more palatable.

Adventurous kids took their sleds to Prospect Park. Adventurous adults took to the snow-laden Coney Island Boardwalk to snap selfies in front of the Parachute Jump.

Charlene Rymsha brought her cross-country skis to Coney Island. She told an Eagle reporter who encountered her on Steeplechase Pier that this type of skiing is more “meditative” than the downhill variety.


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