The East River is Freezing Over [PHOTOS]
Two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures and the East River is packed with ice floes. The waterway is freezing around the edges and bouncing with the tide – on both sides.
Although, not quite as dramatic as those reports from the nineteenth century when a land-bridge was created from a frozen East River. For instance, in 1888, the New York Times reported that, “For the first time in many years people yesterday crossed the East River on the ice” which filled the tidal estuary “from Wall Street to the bridge on the New York side and from Fulton Street to Hamilton Avenue on the Brooklyn side. The ice was fully six inches thick and covered with two inches of hard snow.”
We didn’t walk across it, but here are some choice photos of the ice water from the Lower East Side coastline down to the Brooklyn Bridge: