An Appreciation: 5 Years of the Essex Street Snowman on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted on: January 26th, 2016 at 10:13 am by
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Here he is, again. Go say hi to the Essex Street Snowman now holding court outside the Chinese bodega at the corner of Canal Street.

This year’s version of the character is as ambitious as years past. Personified elements include onions for eyes, garbage bag for scarf, carrot for nose, and traffic cone for hat.

However, the bodega owners got a late start this year with the snowman, having finally put the finishing touches on the fat beast yesterday. Their effort was showed up this year by locals who constructed the seven-foot “LESter the Snowgirl” in the Allen Street Mall.

The Essex Street Snowman has been an annual tradition (nay, marketing stunt) for more than five years already. Indeed, the first iteration of the sculpture appeared back in December 2010, admittedly with a much smaller footprint. As the seasons and storms turned, the humanized hump grew in height and girth.

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The original Essex Street Snowman, December 2010

Below is a quick reminiscence from years gone by…

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