Digging Out

Digging Out

Growing up in South Texas, blizzards were the stuff of fantasy. A few flurries could shut down the streets of San Antonio, and a snow day was almost inevitable in the unlikely event that the white stuff stuck. After living in New York City for seven years, I still react with the childlike glee when the first flakes fall. How quickly that feeling fades after New Year’s, when New York winters settle in for the long haul.

I braved the snow on Tuesday to capture this seasonal slump in photos, exploring the Sunset Park waterfront I’ve grown so fond of after calling the neighborhood home for the past three years.

A homeowner braves the storm with a snowblower, near 51st Street and 4th Avenue. In some neighborhoods of Brooklyn, ten and a half inches of snow fell over the course of the day.

A statue at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, on 42nd Street.

A business owner shovels snow on Fourth Avenue.

A pedestrian on 5th Avenue. Though New York City public schools remained open on Tuesday, the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton and a few private schools in Brooklyn closed.

A snow-covered car passes under the Gowanus Expressway.

A warehouse in Industry City, the manufacturing and shipping complex formerly known as Bush Terminal. The area is in the midst of a renovation plan that aims to attract artisans and craftsmen to the once-bustling industrial hub.

The Sunset Park waterfront.

Looking toward New Jersey from the pier at 58th Street.

Will Ellis is a freelance photographer, videographer, and video editor. He runs the website AbandonedNYC.

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