A Snowy Greenwich Village

“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”
—Mae West (1893-1980)

The winter of 2013/2014 has been a very snowy and a very cold one in New York City. We were introduced to something called the ‘polar vortex’ as a way to explain the extreme cold and the windy conditions that we suffered through during most of January.

On to February, and another storm blankets the city with snow. Unlike the previous snow days, this one was quite wet, as the temperatures hovered just around freezing. Wet snow clings to the trees and bushes, as well as to buildings and fences. An etherial scene is created by this variety of snow.

I took my camera out into the neighborhood to capture the sights in white of Washington Square Park and the Jefferson Market Library Garden. Each of these sights is included in the Greenwich Village Walking Tour; on this tour you will hear the story about Mae West’s connection to the Jefferson Market Library. The Five Squares and a Circle Walking Tour begins at Washington Square Park.

A mini snowman in Washington Square Park.

A mini snowman in Washington Square Park.

A snow-covered tree in Washington Square Park, with NYU’s Bobst Library in the background.

A snow-covered tree in Washington Square Park, with NYU’s Bobst Library in the background.

Snow-covered trees in Washington Square Park.

Snow-covered trees in Washington Square Park.

Snow-covered conifers in Washington Square Park.

Snow-covered conifers in Washington Square Park.

Snow-covered trees in Washington Square Park.

Snow-covered trees in Washington Square Park.

A snowy Giuseppe Garibaldi reaches for his sword in Washington Square Park.

A snowy Giuseppe Garibaldi reaches for his sword in Washington Square Park.

Building a snowman in Washington Square Park’s fountain.

Building a snowman in Washington Square Park’s fountain.

Snow-covered conifers in Washington Square Park.

Snow-covered conifers in Washington Square Park.

The treetops in the Jefferson Market Library Garden and the rooftops of Jefferson Market Library.

The treetops in the Jefferson Market Library Garden and the rooftops of Jefferson Market Library.

A snowy bench waits silently in the Jefferson Market Library Garden.

A snowy bench waits silently in the Jefferson Market Library Garden.