How Brooklyn’s snow disappeared down Red Hook’s drains

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Snowed out: A massive pile of snow on Clinton Street blocks traffic in Red Hook.
Mega pile: A sanitation department front loader scoops up some snow from a massive pile on Bay Parkway, before dumping it into one of the city’s industrial melter machines.
See ya: The sanitation department utilizes mobile, industrial melter machines to flush the city’s excess snow into the sewers.

Where did all the snow go? Down the drain!

Sanitation workers used streets in Red Hook, Bensonhurst, and Canarsie to dump and destroy the city’s snow last week, depositing it in massive heaps before liquefying it and sending the results into local sewers. The epic piles blocked traffic in the streets for much of the week, but one nearby resident said she didn’t mind dealing with the frosty road blocks for the sake of clearing the rest of the borough’s thoroughfares.

“It’s the city,” said Red Hooker Rose Streiff. “They got to do what they got to do.”

The street-wide snow mounds overtook four blocks near the Red Hook Recreation Center and surrounding park, including two blocks of Clinton Street between Lorraine and Halleck streets, and two blocks along Bay Street between Court and Henry streets, before workers began melting them away on Thursday.

The city was also deposited piles as long as two busses and as tall as two-story buildings around E. 105th Street and Foster Avenue in Canarsie, and on Bay Parkway between 59th Street and McDonald Avenue in Bensonhurst.

The Department of Environmental Protection selected the sites as King’s County’s frosted dumping grounds due to their proximity to speedy sewers capable of handling the excess water, according to a spokeswoman for the sanitation department.

Plowers collected snow throughout the borough all week, stashing it in the anointed streets, before workers attacked the heaps with front-loaders, scooping the snow into orange-colored industrial melters, according to the spokeswoman.

— additional reporting by Zach Jones

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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why Red Hook Park? from Red Hook says:
Every year, Bay St is shut down to traffic for this purpose. The question is why? Why a Park of all places for this use. A through street at that!

Time to question sanitation on their choices.
Feb. 2, 2016, 2:03 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
What happened to the old method of sending around temp workers(high school students mostly) with three-foot wide shovel to all intersections to push the built-up snow piles into a conveniently opened sewer access. It worked.
Feb. 2, 2016, 8:22 pm

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