Mother of All Slush Puddles Confounds Pedestrians

By Patrick Hedlund on December 29, 2010 4:19pm | Updated on December 30, 2010 6:22am

By Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo News Editor

LOWER EAST SIDE — There were some soggy socks on East Houston Street Wednesday.

With plenty of sunshine and warmer weather melting much of the snow piled up on city sidewalks, the mother of all slush puddles formed at the corner of Houston and Allen streets, forcing pedestrians to navigate their way through the snowy sludge.

"It's a river!" said Josh Sandler, 23, of the East Village, as he and friends slogged through the muck at the busy intersection's southwest corner. "You think you're on the sidewalk when it's 5 inches deep."

Some hardy passersby charged through the puddle undeterred, while others dipped a toe in before backing off and climbing over a nearby snow mound to avoid the ankle-deep pool.

Those not paying attention got a chilly surprise when accidentally wading through the slush, and plenty of shrieks and expletives rang out as they attempted to clear the watery roadblock.

"It's so funny," said Bruno Olivier, 27, visiting from Montreal, who laughed while snapping pictures of people passing through the slush.

"In Montreal, it doesn't melt down because it's always cold," he added, describing the scene he arrived to in the city this week as "post-apocalyptic."

The Feldman family, visiting from Delaware, each took separate routes through the icy mess, depending on their choice of footwear.

"We had a big discussion this morning about what to wear," said Jerry Feldman, who easily plowed through the puddle with rubber boots.

Nina Allen, from Brooklyn, trailed Feldman, but didn't fare so well.

"Careful who you follow," she advised.

Many stopped abruptly when seeing the growing pool, staring it down then searching around for an easier course.

"It's all about strategy," added Mark Silvers, 24, visiting from Savannah, Ga. "Finding the path less traveled."

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