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Volume XXII, Number 4398
Wednesday, Feb 07, 2007

It’s Snowing In Central Park!

Snow guns blanket Central Park in preparation for Saturday's Winter Jam festival;
Snow guns blanket Central Park in preparation for Saturday's Winter Jam festival;
Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

New York City is currently experiencing a lack of snow unseen since the 1970s. So what do enterprising New Yorkers do when there is no snow? We make our own!

The snowmaking for Saturday’s Winter Jam 2007 began on Monday, continued throughout the day and night on Tuesday, and is concluding today. The snow guns worked tirelessly to create a two-foot blanket of snow along Central Park’s dead road. With freezing temperatures expected throughout the week, our winter wonderland should be here for some time.

Provided by Lake Placid, Gore Mountain and Hunter Mountain, snowmaking is the essential ingredient to wintry Winter Jam activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Warm weather for the past two years had prevented snowmaking and forced the cancellation of the festival.

Activities that are not snow-dependant are also on the schedule this year. Snowboarder-acrobat troupe Flying Ace All-Stars will perform a high-flying trampoline show and talented amateur snowboarders will take to the rails for the second annual Rail Jam Open. Geffen recording artist Matt White, celebrity DJ Mark Ronson, and rising hip hop star Jibbs will also perform. There will be an Olympic luge display, ice sculpture demos, activities for kids, free hot chocolate to warm up, treats for sale at the Winter Greenmarket, and more.

This annual festival is free and open to the public from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10.

So get your boots on, bundle up and join us on Saturday in the park!

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Monday, February 7, 1994)

A $374,047 contract to reconstruct P.S. 127 / East Elmhurst Playground in Jackson Heights, Queens, has been awarded to Gangi Contracting Corporation. The project includes new playground equipment, benches, game tables, landscaping and a spray shower. Also awarded to Gangi Contracting Corporation was the $434,827 reconstruction of six tennis courts in Brookville Park in Laurelton, Queens. The surrounding area will also be relandscaped with new drainage, pathways and plantings. Funds for both projects were added to the capital budget by the City Council.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

“The aging process has you firmly in its grasp
if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”

Doug Larson
(1902 – 1981)

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