We’re Talkin’ Sneckdown

Queens. Photo: @Streetfilms
85th Street and 34th Avenue, Queens. Photo: @Streetfilms

New York City was spared the brunt of winter storm Juno, and with streets in better shape than expected, there are already enough photos out there for our inaugural #sneckdown round-up of the season.

A portmanteau of “snow” and “neckdown,” a sneckdown occurs when driving patterns delineated in snow reveal excess street space that might be reallocated for traffic-calming. For a primer on documenting sneckdowns where you are, check out the article in the latest ioby community projects newsletter from Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson Jr. We’ll add that, if you’d like to see your photos published on Streetsblog, it’s helpful to include a location in your tweet or Instagram.

We’ll be on the lookout for more post-Juno pics. In the meantime, here they are: from NYC and beyond, the first sneckdowns of winter 2015.

Prospect Park West and 16th Street, Brooklyn. Photo: @dnielsonmoore
Prospect Park West and 16th Street, Brooklyn. Photo: @dnielsonmoore

Varick Street, Manhattan. Photo: @BrooklynSpoke
Varick Street, Manhattan. Photo: @BrooklynSpoke
11th Street at Hudson Street, Hoboken. Photo: Alexandra Aiello
11th Street at Hudson Street, Hoboken. Photo: Alexandra Aiello
15th Street, Washington, DC. Photo: @KG_DC
15th Street, Washington, DC. Photo: @KG_DC
W. Oxford Street entrance to East Park, Philadelphia. Photo: @bikemamadelphia
W. Oxford Street entrance to East Park, Philadelphia. Photo: @bikemamadelphia

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