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Many New Yorkers talk about a childhood in which snow was more plentiful than it is today. This may have a basis in changing weather patterns; historically, too, snow was around much longer than it is today; snow removal was not as sophisticated, and a city with fewer "modern conveniences" generated less heat. But the seeming abundance of snow may also be memory's sleight of hand.

Street with little snow, many sledders
1924: Sledding at 51st Str. and Fifth Ave., Brooklyn
(Municipal archives of the City of New York)

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