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See blocks of ice transformed into magical safari animals in Midtown this week

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

Winter in New York has a lot of downsides: freezing cold, eternal darkness, sidewalk slush puddles etc. But one of the positives of the season is the opportunity to witness some truly impressive feats of live ice sculpting. And the hot chocolate festival at City Bakery. Also, probably some other things.

You don't even have to wait until the big Central Park Ice Festival in February to catch some top-quality ice sculpting. Today and tomorrow, carvers from Okamoto Studio will be working their magic in Grace Plaza on Sixth Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets.

Today, frozen representations of safari animals such as lions and hippos were carved between 5pm and 7pm. You can catch the live carving of even more wild beasts tomorrow during your lunch break, when the artisans will be working from 12-1:30pm.

All the finished sculptures will be on view until they melt.

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