On Pike Street, It’s Cold Enough to Freeze the Fire Hydrant

Posted on: December 29th, 2017 at 5:04 am by

In case you didn’t feel like leaving the warm cocoon of your apartment, this sight should bolster that decision.

Even the fire hydrant, and its leaking stream, are frozen solid. We snapped this photo on Pike Street, just north of East Broadway.

Frozen hydrants like this are apparently rare. According to an article published by Baruch College, an average of 10 to 20 freeze in each borough during rough winters. The FDNY, however, has a thawing apparatus to solve the problem, using high-pressure steam to melt away the ice and put it back into service.

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