The Unbearable Banishment: Central Park snowstorm photo blast

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Central Park snowstorm photo blast

It has since turned into a blackened, half-melted mess, but last weekend a fresh blanket of snow fell on Central Park. Here are a few indulgent photos. All are clickable.

The stone bridge near the 59th St. + 5th Ave. entrance.

The luxury hotels along Central Park South viewed from inside the park.

This snowman is from the Tim Burton school of design. The eyes are pitch black and set deep into the snowman's head.

Miró. In the snow. [Ha. See what I did there?]

More snowmen. Clearly, these were made by adults.

A wedding. I like her shoes.

The elegant Plaza Hotel.

I like the contrast between the bottom half of this photo, with its natural beauty, and the top half, which couldn’t be more urban.

Yes, the snowgirl has nipples.

The quality of his playing didn't seem to be compromised by his cold hands. He told me he picked up a violin just seven years ago and taught himself how to play. He was pretty good!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you are tired of the snow, but your pictures are beautiful and make me feel as if I've had a quick visit.

In particular, I enjoyed the Tim Burton snowman and the story about the man teaching himself to play the violin. I have a cello that I bought after years of day dreaming of what it might be like to be able to play such an instrument. I'm not very good ... yet.

March 3, 2010 at 2:35 AM  
Anonymous nursemyra said...

oh what fabulous images UB - I love the wedding

March 3, 2010 at 3:19 AM  
Blogger Pueblo girl said...

Totally beautiful photos. You know, with your photos and stories, you're achieving the nigh impossible, making me want to visit a huge hyperactive city.

March 3, 2010 at 5:08 AM  
Blogger savannah said...


now that's some snow, sugar! xoxoxo

March 3, 2010 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger mapstew said...

Well that was just..... well you know already! :¬) :¬)

March 3, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

GOTJ: There IS a beautiful side to winter, but enough is enough. The park was filled to the brim with snowmen that adults made. We revert to our childhood when the snow falls in such copious amounts.

Nurse: I thought they were crazy. Who schedules a wedding for February?!

PG: Please keep in mind that this place isn't for everyone. Don't blame me if it all goes wrong!

Savannah: I know it's been cold for you guys, but you need some snow. Cold without snow is like kissing your aunt.

Map: Glad you enjoyed them. No charge! These comments are giving me a swelled head.

March 3, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neat pics. Difficult to imagine NYC as a "Winter Wonderland" but you've captured it nicely.

March 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Poindexter said...

I love them all. While I don't really want to live in a snowy climate, pictures of snow still capture my imagination.

March 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

These really are lovely. You've captured the ineffable peace of the snow--a NYC oxymoron.

And "cold without snow is like kissing your aunt"? lolol

March 3, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Rob: You ought to see the "Winter Wonderland" today. Yuck.

Point: Would you consider a visit? Do you go skiing? It's very nice in small doses.

Leah: Yes, but, as you are well aware, the beauty is fleeting. It's breathtaking, but it's a short window of opportunity. [Speaking of, did you see that full moon over Manhattan on Monday evening? Yikes!]

March 3, 2010 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

As always, I love your photos! The snowy scenes are beautiful and the blanket of snow on familiar landmarks and everyday city life is intriguing. Here in GA we don't get much snow, however this year we have had a couple of photo-worthy snow events.

But, as my daughter declared just this morning, snow gets old really quickly. (isn't she wise and observant!) :)

I would bet that you are even more ready than we are to move on to spring!

March 3, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

You have an excellent eye for composition... love the nature scene topped by urban behemoths.

I know you've been hammered by snow this winter... more so that pretty much anywhere else on the continent. But it IS gorgeous and it's not cold enough to stop people from getting out and about.

The snow people are fab too, esp. nippled snowgirl! I chortled outloud at that one!!!

People plan weddings in Feb. because they can book just about anything. The summer is insane... and I loved her Wellies! Excellent accessory! :-)

March 3, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I missed the moon! I've been so interior...

March 3, 2010 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If i decided to print a large version, framed, would you be willing to sign one for me? i am madly in love with one of these, and am thinking it would look spectacular on the empty wall over my sofa...

no, not 'nipple-girl'... the bridge in the park shot took my breath away...

March 3, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

Ahh, you're whetting my apetite for New Yoik.

July, I commeth!

March 3, 2010 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Lori: Your daughter knows a thing or two about snow, despite any real exposure to it. And, yes, it makes spring that much sweeter.

Ponita: If the newlyweds had their reception at The Plaza, (a strong likelihood considering where they were), then a February date might have been necessary. It's booked long in advance.

Daisy: Oh, you flatter me. Where's my pen? Do you want the high rez version? Let me know.


March 3, 2010 at 9:08 PM  
Anonymous nuttycow said...

Great photos - I just love the wedding one. What a nice story to tell their kids.

March 4, 2010 at 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Greg T said...

Such excellent pics! Thanks for sharing!!!

March 4, 2010 at 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE that wedding picture! Thanks for being on the spot for that one!

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