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Making the best of a frozen Jamaica Bay

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:47 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

The bitter cold that has taken hold on Queens this winter has caused some of New York’s waterways to be clogged with ice for the first time in years, and in Jamaica Bay, much of the water has frozen over completely.

Dan Mundy Jr., of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, is making the best of a frigid situation. He put blades on a sunfish sailboat and went ice boating on the bay.

“We won’t take the ice boats out unless the ice is 4 to 6 inches thick,” he said.

Mundy said it was the first time he’s seen the bay freeze over in eight to 10 years.

The thick ice also led to some private boats becoming marooned, right, leaving some boat owners worried that the heavy ice could damage the hulls of the crafts.

The ice has not disrupted ferry service between Rockaway and Manhattan which runs through the bay. Ferry boats there and in the Hudson and East rivers have been forced to maneuver around growlers — shards of ice that float in the water.

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