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Scenes from a Snowpocalypse

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– photos by Mitch Waxman

The recent and much commented on Blizzard of December 28, 2010- which we in the frozen zone of Astoria refer to as “The Snowpocalypse”- produced many memorable moments around the ancient village. Made especially clear was that the internet, designed to withstand a nuclear attack, has become vulnerable to seasonal weather in the hands of corporate stewards such as Time Warner Cable.

Here’s a few photos of the experience, and notice the Daily News Truck- which was stuck in the middle of 44th street from 4:30 AM to 11PM and was finally towed out by a block long hydraulic chain. The auto in the second to last shot zipped up the block- the wrong way- and got stuck into the very spot that the truck was in. Some of these shots are unforgivably grainy, as they were captured at extremely high iso speeds.

Incidentally, the iPhone shot of the truck being towed finally out is here.

Written by Mitch Waxman

January 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

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  1. Mitch,
    I recently discovered your site which fills me with joy reading about the neighborhood where I grew up, and until 2006 stayed in touch with by taking care of my Mom in her apartment on Greenpoint Ave. in Sunnyside. I now live in Rochester, NY, a post-industrial wasteland of vanishing population and gloomy four month long winters. Snowpocalypse? In western NY we shake our heads at such description, as your photos could pretty much describe any normal day here. As with anything in life, its not what happens, its what you make of it (and how prepared one is). Keep up the good work.

    Pat de Keyserling

    January 9, 2011 at 5:54 am


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