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    It's The Absolute Worst Time Of The Year In NYC, And These Pictures Show Why

    Stay inside.

    It's the most terrible time of the year.

    A pool of melted snow with a neon sign reflected in the dirty water as taxis drive by and pedestrians wait to cross the street
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    The time when broken umbrellas, lost gloves, and flattened scarves litter the street like actual human waste. It's straight-up fecal out there.

    A person standing in plowed snow where a vehicle has driven through as they wait for traffic to stop
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    Also, let's be real, I've seen plenty of dumps out there too.

    The time when New Yorkers question their life choices, their will to live, and, most importantly, their choice of footwear whenever they dare to leave the house.

    A person who has sunk in some snow on a sidewalk
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    It's Slush Season and it doesn't get worse than this.

    A closeup of a person wearing rain boots and another person wearing snow shoes as they walk through dirty slush
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    Generally, Slush Season takes place from December to April and is characterized by massive crosswalk slush puddles.

    A person trying their best to push a child in a stroller through slush so they can go across a walkway
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    These murky bodies of water are known for their size, their depth, and the fact that they're completely unpredictable.

    A man carrying a paper bag trues to jump across a large pool of filthy slush so he can cross the street
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    You never know how deep they are.

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    Crossing the street becomes a terrifying test. A block-by-block challenge. A game that no one wants to play.

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    It's like the movie Saw but worse, because no one wants to play a game with a fucking puddle.

    A person carrying an umbrella and walking in boots over a slushy street
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    The problem is you pretty much lose every time.

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    There's always that moment when you have to commit to your path.

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    The moment you just go for it.

    A man wearing a FUBU jacket commits and leaps across a slush pool
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    The moment you eye that metal sidewalk strip and hope you don't slip, fall, and crack your head open and die.

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    You hope that you made the right choice, you crossed on the right side of the street, you went down the right block.

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    And you pray for your socks.

    A person with their arms raised for balance as they navigate through the snow and slush
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    Basically, be careful out there. Help your fellow person. Be patient at puddle crossings. We're in this together.

    Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    Jump wisely.

    BTW, these pictures aren't from this year, but trust me, this is what the streets currently look like.

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