2011-02-03 / Top Stories

Can’t Get To The Mountains? Don’t Worry, The Mountains Are Here

By Neil S. Friedman


To accommodate shoppers at the Georgetowne Mall on Ralph Avenue, the snow that has accumulated since the December blizzard has been plowed and pushed to create a long and high—and dirty — Mount Georgetowne that takes up a significant portion of the parking lot. To accommodate shoppers at the Georgetowne Mall on Ralph Avenue, the snow that has accumulated since the December blizzard has been plowed and pushed to create a long and high—and dirty — Mount Georgetowne that takes up a significant portion of the parking lot. Had enough snow yet? Most of us are, but by the mounds of snow at almost every corner and intersection, it could still be here into spring.

But, the city seems to have come up with a temporary, but not so welcome solution to clear local streets — dump it in Canarsie, due to proximity of Sanitation Department’s snow melter at Flatlands Avenue and Milford Street.

Beginning last week, Avenue D, from East 101st to East 105th streets, has become the designated site for dumping snow cleared from streets around our borough.

When the Courier visited the area on Monday, trucks were dumping new loads onto the thoroughfare, after which Sanitation plows pushed and condensed it into a small mountain.


A truck dumps a load of snow (above left) onto Avenue D, then a plow (above right) pushes it to create a large mound. (Below left) Mini-snow mountains are lined up along Avenue D for several blocks. A truck dumps a load of snow (above left) onto Avenue D, then a plow (above right) pushes it to create a large mound. (Below left) Mini-snow mountains are lined up along Avenue D for several blocks. That stretch of Avenue D is primarily a commercial strip, so local homeowners aren’t being inconvenienced. But you have to wonder what local businesses along the four blocks, like UPS, think about the unsightly piles of gray snow right outside their offices.

Below are some photos of that street, as well as other mountains of snow in and around our community.

Smile, spring is only seven weeks away!



Photos by Neil S. Friedman Photos by Neil S. Friedman


A resident with a creative flair transformed this snow mound, near Avenue L and East 105 Street, into what looks like a giant vanilla-iced layer cake. 
Joseph Kanabrocki A resident with a creative flair transformed this snow mound, near Avenue L and East 105 Street, into what looks like a giant vanilla-iced layer cake. Joseph Kanabrocki

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