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Frozen Hoboken
One hundred and twenty-five years ago, Hoboken was a colder town
by Kate Rounds
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Frozen
First and Bloomfield Streets, southwest corner, behind City Hall, 1888
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First and Bloomfield Streets, southwest corner, behind City Hall, 1888
First and Bloomfield Streets, southwest corner, behind City Hall, 1888
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First and Bloomfield Streets, southwest corner, 1888
First and Bloomfield Streets, southwest corner, 1888
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Blizzard of 1888, Washington Street, looking north from Fourth Street
Blizzard of 1888, Washington Street, looking north from Fourth Street
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Clinton Street between Third and Fourth Streets, Feb. 9, 1899
Clinton Street between Third and Fourth Streets, Feb. 9, 1899
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River Walk
River Walk
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View from the river showing Castle Point, River Walk near the foot of 10th Street, c. 1880s
View from the river showing Castle Point, River Walk near the foot of 10th Street, c. 1880s
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Downtown Hoboken, possibly looking north from Third Street, likely after the blizzard of 1888
Downtown Hoboken, possibly looking north from Third Street, likely after the blizzard of 1888
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Stevens Institute, Hudson Square Park, Fifth and Hudson, looking north from Fourth Street, blizzard of 1888
Stevens Institute, Hudson Square Park, Fifth and Hudson, looking north from Fourth Street, blizzard of 1888
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These photographs from the Hoboken Public Library Historic Photography Collection were taken in the 1880s. If you’re thinking that things looked snowier, colder, and icier back then, you’re right. Dr. Alan Blumberg, director of the Center for Maritime Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology, says, “There is a lot of evidence that the climate is getting warmer and warmer.” If you believe in climate change, that’s no surprise. “The snow and coldness were normal back then,” he says. “And now the warmth is abnormal. There are fewer cold days, and winters will get milder in the future.” The river itself, he says, which is saltier downriver than upriver, may never have frozen completely. “It freezes near the banks first because the river moves faster in the middle,” Blumberg says, “and there is more freezing as you go upriver because it’s harder to freeze salt water than fresh water.”
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