Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Not now, cool cats. After I moved to NYC in October 1995, the city was blessed with the biggest blizzard in decades Jan. 6, 1996, reporting as much as 3 feet of snow. Schools in the boroughs closed for the first time in 18 years.

Billboard was then located in Times Square and the offices closed in the afternoon. The pic at left shows a parking meter buried halfway—and these ain't drifts, baby. It snowed that much.Taking in the glory of it all, I walked 40 blocks home to West 82nd Street—and was fortunate to have camera in hand. Passing Lincoln Center, I slipped flat on my heinie. But the overall mood in the city was so celebratory, I just, uh, laughed my butt off. Amazingly, Broadway was shut down for the first time since the 1920s. A wondrous day.

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