Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #505 
The first-ever film of a New York City blizzard
Filmed in 1902 at 23rd and Broadway by Gramercy Park resident Thomas A. Edison 
 
In light of the current weather, we thought the following video, shared with us by GPBA Board member Lynne Lerner, would be of interest.
 
The video, shot by prolific inventor Thomas Edison's Edison Manufacturing Company, depicts a blizzard that hit New York on February 17, 1902. It was considered the worst snowstorm to hit the area since the Great Blizzard of 1888.  Edison, who invented the phonograph, motion picture camera, and the first commercial light bulb, resided in a townhouse on Gramercy Park South, where 24 Gramercy Park now stands.
 
The video was filmed near Madison Square Park. The Flatiron building was not yet completed, and would be opened by the summer.

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New York City in a Blizzard 1902
New York City in a Blizzard 1902