Will the East River Freeze Over This Week Like it Did in 1871?

Crossing the East River on the ice bridge. 1871
Crossing the East River on the ice bridge. 1871
Photo: NYPL

With an extremely cold winter weather advisory issued for this week in New York City, could we see a freezing of the East River like we did in 1871? This vintage illustration shows the "East River ice bridge" which allowed New Yorkers to cross between Manhattan and Brooklyn by foot a decade before the Brooklyn Bridge opened. Check out the specimen page on the New York Public Library's Digital Collections for more info on the illustration.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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