Ice Age: New Yorkers Used To Walk Over The Frozen East River On ‘Ice Bridges’

The good old days?

“February 1813: “The cold was so severe that the Sound was closed between Cold Spring and the Connecticut shore. People had no trouble crossing both the East and North Rivers on the ice during two days that month.”

Read more at Gothamist.

1 Comment

  1. Don’t forget the great fire of 1835:
    “New York’s Great Fire of 1835 destroyed much of lower Manhattan on a December night so frigid that volunteer firemen were unable to battle the walls of flame as water froze in their hand-pumped fire engines.

    By the following morning, most of the present day financial district of New York City was reduced to smoking rubble. ”



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