The weekend of March 9th, 1888 was unseasonably warm. A balmy Saturday was followed by a drizzly Sunday, and New Yorkers were looking forward to an early Spring. No one was prepared for what happened that Monday, March 11. A blizzard moved in, accompanied by 85 mile an hour winds, creating snow drifts of up to 20 feet high.
|Trolleys stuck on the Brooklyn Bridge|
Despite the hardships caused by the storm that crippled the city for 14 days, one good thing came out of it: so severe was the damage to overhead telegraph, electric and telephone wires, that New York's Mayor Grant ordered all overhead wires to be buried.
The result? A beautiful city that remains uncluttered by cables that once criss-crossed throughout the streets like in the photo below.
| Looking south on Park Row site of the former domed beauty, |
the Old City Hall Post Office,built in 1880 and demolished in 1939.