Snow Like Sushi

February 11, 2010

The blizzard began about 9:00 pm on Tuesday and by the time it stopped, in the wee hours of Thursday, Brooklyn had been blanketed with nearly 20 inches of snow. Even as the storm raged, crews from the Sanitation Department were out clearing the streets. A convoy of rumbling trucks drove through the night, scraping and plowing, scraping and plowing, keeping the roadways and bridges passable.

Once the storm ended the sun shone brightly, turning the piles of newly fallen snow into puddles of slush, and the soon most of the sidewalks in Downtown Brooklyn were clear and dry. In a few spots hidden from the sun by surrounding buildings or scaffolding, though, the melting snow became a sheet of ice.

With snow shovels and rock salt in short supply, some Brooklynites employ creative methods to keep their walkways safe for pedestrians. This sushi chef was using one of his fish cleavers to chip the slippery ice away from the front of his restaurant on Clark Street.

Chopping with the cleaver

The handle is wrapped in a towel, the way it would be for sushi

The ice is yielding to the cleaver master

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