The Great White Hurricane of 1888 [PHOTOS]

Posted on: February 9th, 2013 at 10:27 am by


Gosh, don’t we all just love blizzards? I do, especially ones that change NYC’s infrastructure forever like say March 14, 1888? Now, now, I know there are others worth writing about, perhaps like Captain Nemo’s (or the little clownfish) rager outside, but dare I say none with such amazing historical documentation? Have at it snow angels – the Blizzard of 1888 a.k.a. The Great White Hurricane…while the snow is still white.

From the New York Times:

The blizzard hit town early on Monday, March 10, after a balmy Saturday and drizzly Sunday that had set New York to thinking of the spring that seemed just around the corner. There was no hint of the snow that would pile up to a height – or depth -of almost 21 inches in 3 days, accompanied by winds that gusted to 85 miles an hour and caused drifts that towered to 20 feet. The subzero temperature brought ice from the Hudson into the normally warmer East River, and hundreds of people walked between Brooklyn and Manhattan…For those who lived through it, memories of the 1888 blizzard remained so important that, in 1929, a group of survivors formed the Blizzard Men and Ladies, which lasted until the 1960’s.

[11th Street]

[11th Street]




[LOC: Plowed towards Ferry/Fulton]

[Brooklyn Bridge]

[Brooklyn Bridge]

[N-YHS Madison and 50th]

[N-YHS Madison and 50th]

200 people died during the Great White. Have fun, but be safe and pretty please do NOT try to walk across the East River (or the Hudson).


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  • Mr. P

    I feel like we are back in 1888 but no where close!! What a timely piece loves reading it.