While I am not hoping for a blizzard to hit Brooklyn, I am crossing my fingers for a little more snow than the dusting we received in the past week or so. This photograph was taken in 1888 by an unidentified member of the Brooklyn Academy of Photography soon after the Great Blizzard of 1888. The storm took place on March 12 and 13, affected a large part of the East Coast, and took about two weeks to dig out. It is appropriate that this photographer would find him or herself on Henry Street since the club was headquartered on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. As you may know, both Henry Street and Love Lane still exist; Love Lane being quaint as ever with some of the same structures standing as can be glimpsed above. While no longer located on Montague Street, the Brooklyn Academy of Photography also still exists, but is now known as the Brooklyn Camera Club. To learn more about the album this photograph came from check out the finding aid.
Finally, let me end by reiterating: Brooklyn deserves some sledding in Prospect Park, cross-country skiing on Flatbush Avenue, a day or two of school and meeting cancellations, and the sweetest cup of hot cocoa only experienced after a glorious flop in a feathery pile of snow.
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