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New York City and much of the Northeast was hit by heavy snowfall on February 1, 2021. It was the second time this winter that we received heavy snow up here. I documented some scenes from Winter Storm Gail in December in a short series of articles. On the evening of February 2, 2021, I took some pictures while I carefully watched my step to avoid falling. I was able to get a few pictures in before my BlackBerry Classic succumbed to the cold despite having a full battery. It does not much like the cold for whatever reason. Let us start with a picture of what might be a bike in the snow.

The Maybe-Bike in the Snow

A bike wheel sticking out from the snow in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on February 2, 2021.
I took this photo with the Open Camera App on my BlackBerry Classic. Victor retouched it for publication. See below for more information.

I took this picture on Hicks Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cobble Hill. Next to a standing street sign, we see a bicycle wheel peeking out from the snow. Was there a whole bike in the snow? I think there was – but I am not entirely sure. The show was deep enough that if there was an entire bike, semi-sideways, in the snow, I did not find any evidence of it.

Speaking of bikes in the snow, Grub Hub was even more of a menace than usual. For example, I was beginning to navigate a snowbank and gross puddle at a street corner, stepping into the street from the sidewalk. Then, without no warning, a Grub Hub delivery man on a battery bike sped right past me, having been riding on the sidewalk, then rode through the puddle and proceeded across the street on his bike only to resume riding on the next sidewalk. Then, when I stepped out of a grocery store on the way back, another e-bike came flying down the sidewalk, coming within a foot or two of me as I emerged from the sliding door.

I complained about Grub Hub before in our first weekly content recommendation post. It is even worse in snow and ice. Terrible stuff.

A View from Hicks Street in Cobble Hill

A picture looking toward the BQE and Manhattan in the evening of February 2, 2021, from Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
I took this photo with the Open Camera App on my BlackBerry Classic. Victor retouched it for publication. See below for more information.

My BlackBerry Classic does not do terribly well in low-light conditions. But nevertheless, I captured a somewhat interesting picture from Hicks Street. Just past Atlantic Avenue, Hicks Street has a clean view of Manhattan, looking over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. While you cannot see Manhattan in the picture in the darkness, I think the distant car and street lights have an interesting effect in the picture. The very small string of lights just to the right of the tree on the left side of my picture are attached to a tall crane in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Buried Things in the Snow in Brooklyn Heights

I will conclude this short post with pictures of two buried things in the snow in Brooklyn Heights. First, one very-buried car next to a slightly-less buried car in the snow.

Two cars buried in the snow in Brooklyn Heights, seen on February 2, 2021.
I took this photo with the Open Camera App on my BlackBerry Classic. Victor retouched it for publication. See below for more information.

Finally, a buried shrub in the snow.

A buried shrub in the snow in Brooklyn Heights, seen on February 2, 2021.
I took this photo with the Open Camera App on my BlackBerry Classic. Victor retouched it for publication. See below for more information.

The whiteness of fresh snow in New York City is ephemeral. Car exhaust, dirt, grime, and people who refuse to pick up after their very precious pet dogs quickly turn snow into something quite unpleasant. While I may still get a few more pictures out of this snowfall, I do hope for some above-freezing temperatures, or perhaps a bit of rain.