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Uptowners Tickled Pink By Colorful Dyckman Street Ice Waterfall

By Nigel Chiwaya | January 3, 2014 12:52pm | Updated on January 4, 2014 4:37pm
  The colorful icicles on Dyckman Street are the work of photographer Luis Baez-Correa.
Dyckman Street Frozen Waterfall
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INWOOD — A series of colored icicles in Highbridge Park is drawing onlookers and stopping uptowners in their snowy tracks.

Residents were perplexed by the pink-and-blue frozen waterfall, which dangles from rocks on Dyckman Street between Nagle and 10th avenues. 

"I've never seen anything like this," said Inwood mother Julianne Mojica, who did an abrupt U-turn while driving down Dyckman Street Thursday afternoon to get a closer look at the ice.

"I was picking my son up from school, I saw it and I had to turn around," she said.

The source of the colored icicles has caused debate online among uptowners, with residents wondering whether a fuel oil spill or ice salt were to blame. But the truth is a bit more creative: the waterfall is actually an art exhibit.

According to New York Restoration Project Sherman Creek campus director Jason Smith, the icicles were given their colors by photographer Luis Baez-Correa, who used food coloring and a water gun to dye the ice for more than a month. Baez-Correa has even changed the colors periodically, Smith added.

"He has been dying water in Highbridge for a few years," Smith told DNAinfo via email. "This year his ambition took off."

Smith added that the waterfalls have been a hit with locals.

"Every few minutes a family is taking a picture of themselves in front of it. It's definitely the most successful art installation Highbridge Park has seen for a while."

Baez-Correa could not immediately be reached for comment.