Recently, New Yorkers have been playing that ol' wintertime standard, "Avoid the Slush Puddle of Disgusting and Surprising Depth!" With the arrival of spring and the weather supposedly getting better this week, we hope it's the last time we have to play. We'd like to spend the snowless months contemplating why slushy water at street corners just stands and doesn't go into the catch basins.

The thaw has actually been somewhat dangerous: The NY Times reports that four women were injured in three separate incidents of falling ice in NY and NJ. Luckily, no one was critically injured, but two of the incidents were on NYC streets - Lexington and 89th as well as outside the NY Times building on West 43rd: "Police shut down 43rd Street between the two avenues for about half an hour last evening as maintenance crews at The Times pushed ice off the roof."