Snowbound!

January 26th, 2016  |  Published in Front Page, Noteworthy, Travels

I picked a hell of a weekend to fly to New York, that’s for sure. Got in safe and sound ahead of everything on Friday night, and on Saturday all hell broke loose. I awoke to a couple of inches on the ground outside my hotel at Lincoln Center, got pelted by sleet and whipped by the wind during a run through Central Park, and scrambled to grab a pastrami sandwich and some latkes at Fine & Schapiro to heat up for dinner before the whole city shut down.

The buses stopped running at noon; all cars were off the streets by 2:30, and businesses were shuttered by 3. And the snow continued. New Yorkers being New Yorkers, though, they took to the empty streets and the parks to enjoy what might have been the snowstorm of a lifetime. As did I. I put a venerable 50mm summilux on a Leica M240, tucked the whole tiny package under my gore-tex jacket, and headed out into the blizzard. I entered Central Park at Tavern On The Green, crossed the Great Lawn and on to the Plaza Hotel, down Fifth Avenue to the Empire State Building, and across 34th St. to Herald Square before turning back into the wind and heading up Broadway to Times Square. There was an eerily quiet yet still vibrant feel to city, and I was glad I got to capture a little of it.

Times Square, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Building a snowman in Times Square, broadway at 42nd St.

5th Avenue and 58th Street, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

5th Avenue at 49th St.

5th Avenue and 47th Street, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Getting the picture, 5th Ave. at 47th St.

34th STreet between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Walking a curious dog...34th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.

Central Park, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Central Park, west side near 66th St.

5th Avenue and 58th Street, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

5th Avenue & 58th St.

Central Park, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Great Lawn, Central Park.

Central Park, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Central Park near Columbus Circle.

New York Public Library, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

New York Public Library, 5th Ave. at 41st St.

5th Avenue and 38th Street, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Tools of the trade, 5th Avenue at 39th St.

Empire State Building, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Empire State Building from 5th Ave. and 35th St.

Broadway at 73rd Street, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Broadway selfie, 73rd St., Upper West Side.

5th Avenue and 58th Street, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

This is what happens when you don't think the travel ban need apply to you. 5th Ave. at 58th St.

Central Park, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Bridle Path, Central Park.

West End Avenue at 74th Street, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

West End Ave. at 74th St.

5th Avenue between 35th and 36th Street, New York, NY, January 23 2016. Photograph ©2016 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

Looking northward up 5th Avenue at 36th Street.

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