Man Survives Cold-Weather Nightmare in Midtown

OBERSTDORF, BAYERN - MARCH 05:  Water drips from the icicles in the Breitachklamm Canyon at Tiefenbach near Oberstorf on March 5, 2013 in Oberstdorf, Germany. The remarkable nature monument is the deepest and one of the most impressive rocky gorges in middle Europe. Belonging to the most beautiful getups in Bavaria, Breitachklamm Canyon in winter is a wonderland with frozen waterfalls and impressive ice formations. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)
Photo: Thomas Lohnes/2013 Getty Images

The cold-weather equivalent of summer’s falling air conditioner nightmare came true for one very unlucky man in midtown today. At around 1:30 p.m., a 27-year-old jewelry-shop worker was outside warning passersby to be careful of the melting ice dripping off a building when a football-sized icicle came loose and “fell dozens of feet, [ripping] open his cheek and [scratching] his eye.” Witnesses say “there was a lot of blood.” It seems the victim handled the situation better than most, reportedly telling one woman, “I’m glad it happened to me and not an old lady.” He was taken to Weill Cornell Hospital to be treated for minor head trauma and described as “stable and alert.” Be careful out there, people.