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Monday, December 27, 2010

A skier glides past the WNYC studios on Varick St. the morning of December 27, 2010 (Jody Avirgan/WNYC)

You be the reporter. What is the snow situation where you are? Listeners, call in to share your snow stories of this storm. And while you're at it -- any clever names for the storm? (So far, we like "Snowtorious B.I.G.")  

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Comments [51]

Robin Dann from Brooklyn, Midwood Section

Re: MTA.info--I may have misread the webpage. Either tha,t or they have since updated it. It's now correct as to the F train status; no service btwn. Church Street and Jay St./Metrotech.

Dec. 27 2010 02:33 PM
julie creech from Brooklyn

Hi Brian and guests, I live in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and wanted to let you know that the streets in our neighborhood are still not cleared. Last night around 9pm a Access-A-Ride van got stuck in the snow. The driver is still there in the middle of the street. My husband told the driver that the precinct was two blocks away and he said he called the police and they couldn't do anything. I also called Access-A-Ride and they said he has to answer to his dispatcher. There were two elderly people in the van. One was escorted last night around 11pm by one of the employees. Then this morning another elderly woman was escorted home. We had no idea that she had spent the night in the van. It's extremely upsetting to not only know that the elderly women were in that van but also that the driver is still there. I am also 37 weeks pregnant and am hoping I don't go into labor early!!!! Do you have any news about why the city wasn't prepared for this storm?

Dec. 27 2010 12:52 PM
Robin Dann from Brooklyn, Midwood Section

Mta.info.org does not have accurate information. For the F line, all it said was "delays." When I got there, (a dangerous and difficult walk from my home) trains were running, but not into Manhattan. Only between Stillwell Ave and Church Ave. No info at all would be better than wrong info!!!

Dec. 27 2010 12:49 PM
Robin Dann from Brooklyn, Midwood Section

I just got back from walking 1/2 mile in the snow to the F train, and walking 1/2 mile back, when I found out the train was only running to Church Avenue and then turning back (in other words, not going to Manhattan).

I'd like to PROPOSE A NAME for the storm:

"Eskimetropolis."

It's not politically correct, but it's accurate.

Dec. 27 2010 11:26 AM
Mike from Upper West Side

WIND! It's very very windy here by the Hudson on the Upper west Side. As for the snow, well, the kids are out sledding and the parents are wondering how long it will be before they can go back inside.

Dec. 27 2010 11:12 AM
Suzanne from Red Hook

Why don't you ask (a) who is working from home? (b) Who is _allowed_ to work from home?

Me, I can work from home, but that is not officially sanctioned ... Like I can volunteer, but it doesn't really count. Since I do computer work, I can work from anywhere. But am staying put today ... snow is too deep on my block in Red Hook and the F train is not running yet.

Dec. 27 2010 11:05 AM
Karen from Upper West Side

Such beauty and quiet in Riverside Park as I snow-shoed this morning! The only downside was that the walkway by the Hudson at the rotunda was already plowed thanks to the Park staff - the dog owners loved it, however it limited my snowshoe exploring.

Dec. 27 2010 11:03 AM
Andrew Diroll-Black from Newark, NJ

My place of employment is closed for the day, so my dog and I trekked across snow-covered Newark to get donuts. My dog loves the snow!

Dec. 27 2010 11:02 AM
davina davis

spent over an hour on the cmputer/phone unable to find if the Q8 is running. NYC info system is wanting.

Dec. 27 2010 10:58 AM
Molly from Sunnyside

I live east of Sunnyside Yards along the LIRR tracks. Last night from my apartment I watched LIRR workers laboring in the freezing, blowing show lighting fires near the switches to try to keep them functional in this terrible storm. Can't imagine having to work outside on those conditions. About 5 minutes ago I saw the first LIRR train pass by headed east. Kudos to those workers and the many others who worked through the night to keep NYC services going.

Dec. 27 2010 10:35 AM
Lenore from Upper West Side

Question for the MTA about the #7--NY1 was reporting that the #7 is fine, no suspensions. So since that is an elevated line, why is it okay, and is the MTA looking at this and improving things on other outside lines?

Dec. 27 2010 10:33 AM
JohnnJersey from Nueve Jersey

Can someone please make an app for this? Something to tell us what streets are plowed, what subways lines are working, where sidewalks are clear. We should be able to crowd source this.

Dec. 27 2010 10:32 AM
JohnnJersey from Nueve Jersey

Can someone please make an app for this? Something to tell us what streets are plowed, what subways lines are working, where sidewalks are clear. We should be able to crowd source this.

Dec. 27 2010 10:32 AM
anne from Hell's Kitchen

I'm surprised and impressed that the workers at the I-Hop in Irvington are listening to Brian's show!

My apt looks south; my fire escape has more than a foot of snow, but the fire escapes across the garden (facing north) have little or no snow.

Dec. 27 2010 10:31 AM

Sidestreets directly south of Astoria Park still unplowed. Sidewalk drifts are 2-4 ft high. Winds are still gusty under the Triboro.

The streets should improve later as equipment can move to the secondaries after 21st ST, 31st ST, etc.

Dec. 27 2010 10:30 AM
JohnnJersey from nj

Please Explain! How do they measure snow accurately with this wind? I have no idea how much snow we got but I have some bare spots and some spots with 5 foot drifts.

Dec. 27 2010 10:30 AM
anne from Hell's Kitchen

I'm surprised and impressed that the workers at the I-Hop in Irvington are listening to Brian's show!

My apt looks south; my fire escape has more than a foot of snow, but the fire escapes across the garden (facing north) have little or no snow.

Dec. 27 2010 10:29 AM
Melissa from Bronxville

Boxing Day Blizzard of 2010

Dec. 27 2010 10:28 AM
Pat from Millburn

We were coming back from the Garden State outlet mall around 4:00pm yesterday, there were many cars stopping by the side of road on 78 and RT24. The roads were not plowed and you could not distinguish where the road divider! it was very dangerous. This morning we woke to face more than 2 ' of snow!

Dec. 27 2010 10:27 AM
JohnnJersey from Jersey Shore

Important! If your heat or hot water vents directly to the outside, they will not work if the vent is blocked with snow. You need to clear it first. Most vent through chimneys so they are OK. Direct vents need to be cleared!

Dec. 27 2010 10:27 AM
Kellie Quarton from Brooklyn

My roommates and I went out to Coney Island yesterday in the thick of it. There were a few others with the same idea. The beach looked like a tundra, Astro Park (Luna Park) looked creepy as ever. Atlantic Ocean lapping at snow, I'd never seen that before!

Dec. 27 2010 10:27 AM
Scott from Brooklyn, New York

Brian, don't forget to say a "nice word" to all the MTA workers, who keep this city moving. Even with the disruptions on some lines, most of the system is running and the MTA workers are working hard, as always, to restore service disruptions caused by this powerful storm.

We take the subways and buses for granted in this town. We are very lucky here in NYC to have such hardworking men and women moving us around town under all types of conditions.

Dec. 27 2010 10:26 AM
Joan from Washington Heights

Washington heights, is indeed the heights--the winds off the Palisades and the River, combined with this being the highest point of Manhattan (the City? can someone check ?)--makes for terrifying and marvelous windscapes out my window.

Dec. 27 2010 10:26 AM
Pat from Millburn

We were coming back from the Garden State outlet mall around 4:00pm yesterday, there were many cars stopping by the side of road on 78 and RT24. The roads were not plowed and you could not distinguish where the road divider! it was very dangerous. This morning we woke to face more than 2 ' of snow!

Dec. 27 2010 10:26 AM
Scott from Scott

Brian, don't forget to say a "nice word" to all the MTA workers, who keep this city moving. Even with the disruptions on some lines, most of the system is running and the MTA workers are working hard, as always, to restore service disruptions caused by this powerful storm.

We take the subways and buses for granted in this town. We are very lucky here in NYC to have such hardworking men and women moving us around town under all types of conditions.

Dec. 27 2010 10:25 AM
Pam

I'm out in Westchester, and taking care of my neighbor's horses as well as my own. There was no way to drive to her place this morning (the plowers are seriously overwhelmed) and the drifts were 4' in some places, so I saddled my biggest horse and rode there, prancing and snorting, high wind blowing.

Dec. 27 2010 10:25 AM
Cupcake from Brooklyn, NY

Another great opportunity for the New York community to come together and help their neighbors. Make sure everyone is safe and warm and get out and shovel your walk! It's the law.

Dec. 27 2010 10:25 AM
Neil from Park Slope

While blizzards such as this incovenience so many, there are some upsides. The NYC Parks Dept is hosting Snow Days in one park in each boro, offering sleds, supervised winter activities and hot chocolate free to all from 11am to 3pm.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=20965

Dec. 27 2010 10:24 AM
Tom Hunter from Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, N Y

This blizzard should be called the "Boxing Day Blizzard" since that's when it occurred. I tried to go to pick up the B train in Brighton Beach but, alas, the only way out of Brooklyn is by dogsled.

"The Butcher of Leningrad" (a thriller novel)
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/leningrad

Dec. 27 2010 10:24 AM

We have snow drifts up to our front door - playing Angry Birds and listening to the show, while keeping the woodstove going - waiting for the afternoon to arrive so I can start drinking wine.

Dec. 27 2010 10:23 AM
Ashley DesRochers from 5th Avenue, Park Slope

Here in Park Slope, the buses kept trying to slog along all through the night. One by one, they got stuck. 5th Avenue is now peppered with several frozen buses, a few immobile snowplows and lots of unplowed drifts.

At one point around 4:30 am, a bulldozer was in front of our apartment building attempting to free the snowplow which HAD been attempting to free one of the buses...

And with that, we are off to go sledding!

Dec. 27 2010 10:23 AM
Mordechai lightstone from Crown heights

Snowmageddon

Dec. 27 2010 10:23 AM
Kelly McNabb from Riverdale

URGENT!! The last listener who took her dog's to the park, great fun but dogs are not built for this weather, they need to have a coat on and no more than 30 minutes in this cold wind, ask yourself, would you go out with no coat on?

Dec. 27 2010 10:23 AM
sopranoatlarge from 106/manhattan ave

Manhattan Avenue is a city bus parking lot!!

Dec. 27 2010 10:22 AM

This storm is rather underwhelming, at least in my area of NJ. Only about 5 inches of white stuff outside of Flemington NJ. Doesn't even come close to the colossal storm of 1996 when we got 32 inches.

Dec. 27 2010 10:21 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

I'd vote for the Boxing Day Storm! (though Snotorious B.I.G.) is great for New Yorkers...

Wednesday's temps are going to be in the 40's - so the Big Slush may become the new name. And driving on Wednesday night/Thursday morning ought to be a hoot!

My question - How did our Marxist-Socialist-Kenyan President know enough to get his family off to Hawaii but abandoned the rest of us to our fate! I hear Fox News is prepping the story now...

Dec. 27 2010 10:20 AM
Paula from Bushwick, Brooklyn

So I decide to be a good sport and try to ride in to the city and go to work after I realize the J train is running. Once I step outside I'm covered in snow up to my knees. I fight my way to the station and finally make it. The train arrives 10 minutes later and there is no seats available. Fine. The train gets to Hewes St (2 stops before crossing the bridge) and me and my fellow riders find ourselves stranded inside the cars for 30 minutes until they finally decide to open a few doors and let us out. Meanwhile the conductor announces that the bridge is closed "but you might want to try your luck by walking to the G train". I decide to pass on that offer but I start walking back home since I keep calling work and nobody picks up the phone. I walk all the way to the Myrtle Ave Station and try my luck one more time and the booth keeper says that not only there are no trains across the bridge, but both the L and A/C are not operating. At that point I decide to give up. But I tried with God as my witness, I tried!!!!

Dec. 27 2010 10:19 AM
ericf

since we've been saying "in this economy" for the last two years and we all know what that means, howzabout we skip naming the storm and just say "in this weather"?

Dec. 27 2010 10:18 AM
Siena Chrisman from Mass./Park Slope

I'm listening online from my mom's house in western Massachusetts; I'm trying to get back to my apartment in Brooklyn from here (by bus), hopefully today... any word from other listeners on how travel around/into the city is now? I miss my snowy city!

Dec. 27 2010 10:18 AM
aliza from Washington Heights

LL Coldfront

Dec. 27 2010 10:18 AM
Michael from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Spoke to Brian Zumhagen this morning about the B62 bus stuck on our block in Greenpoint since about 10 last night. Update--it's still there. Our block is utterly unplowed, and some of the drifts are around four feet high.

Also, I'd call the storm the Boxing Day Massacre.

Dec. 27 2010 10:18 AM
Lee from Asbury Park, NJ

Not sure how much we got, but drifts of 4 feet high. I live in Asbury Park, NJ, on State Route 71 and 6th Avenue. Route 71 barely plowed, 6th Ave. unplowed, impassible. Cars are immovable. Very cold and windy. Stayin' in today unless I can dig my car out.

Dec. 27 2010 10:17 AM
Brenna from Morningside Heights

Taking advantage of the new snow to cross country ski to work.

Dec. 27 2010 10:17 AM
Robert Stribley from Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

My girlfriend's car was almost entirely covered in snow this morning in Boerum Hill and I'm pretty sure not a single car had passed down our normally busy street for over 12 hours - and still hasn't.

I'm posting some photos from our adventures shopping in SoHo yesterday, as well as the snow in Brooklyn last night and this morning.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stribs/

Dec. 27 2010 10:15 AM
Sarah

The side streets in the East 70s are unplowed.

Dec. 27 2010 10:14 AM

Best name for this blizzard would be:

THUNDER & LIGHTENING BLIZZARD
by David Marx-Manhattan

Dec. 27 2010 10:14 AM
Debbie Kaufman from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

I'm breaking in my new (stationary) bicycle trainer!

Dec. 27 2010 10:14 AM
Jim from Weehawken, NJ

I'm diggin' snOMG

Dec. 27 2010 10:12 AM
rj from nj

snowmungus

Dec. 27 2010 10:11 AM
sumukha from Short Hills, NJ

we got 24.5 inches of show. I spent the last 1 hour shoveling a path for my little puppies to do their business. Phew! i am tired.

Dec. 27 2010 10:09 AM
Jerry

Has anyone noticed that this snow storm occured on the 63rd anniversary of the great Blizzard of '47 ?

Dec. 27 2010 10:04 AM

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