The Blizzard of 1888

 

The Blizzard of 1888
Original photograph courtesy of The Brooklyn Historical Society. Digital copy available at the Prospect Park Archives.

This picture shows a man in snowshoes attempting to cross the Long Meadow. The Blizzard of 1888 began on Monday the 12th of March, and lasted until just before midnight on Tuesday the 13th. At the time, this was the worst blizzard in New York City since 1857, with a total accumulation of twenty-one inches of snow. It took the city almost two weeks to fully recover.


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