Mapping the Storm Clean-up

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We've been asking readers and listeners to let us know if their streets have been plowed. Here's a map from folks who texted us the situation on their street as of Wednesday (white balloons represent unplowed streets). Let us know yours by texting PLOW to 30644.

WNYC received a lot of calls from Brooklyn on Tuesday. Steve Ostrow, in Park Slope, was snowed in on his moving day. "I'm only moving six blocks away but I can't move because the truck can't get onto my street," he said. "And for all I know, that street six blocks away hasn't been plowed yet either. But all my belongings are packed up in my apartment, so I'm sort of camping out here until I can move."

Kurt Richards, in Long Island City, said he felt lucky to be off from work for the week -- and in a convenient location. "I'm at the confluence of four different subway lines, the E, the M, the 7 and the G," he said. But his car was still covered on Tuesday, and his block hadn't been plowed.

Problems continued for others on Wednesday morning. Hannah Bodenstein, a Midwood resident, decided to walk two-and-a-half miles to work since her car was stuck in the snow, and her bus didn't seem to be running. She was surprised by what she saw along the way. "A couple of private plowers, an abandoned bus, abandoned cars in the roadway," she said. "Forty-Seventh Street totally unplowed. It's really unbelievable."

Bodenstein and others said their neighbors pitched in to help with clean-up efforts this week. "We're trying to do the community thing and step in where the city hasn't," Bodenstein said on Tuesday. "All the neighborhood has been trying to help dig out cars." Marjorie Fine, of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, thanked her neighbors for their help on Tuesday. "Regular people have cleared the sidewalks," she said. "Great women and great men from all nationalities, all walks of life, different ages, helped me up and down those snow drifts."


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Just a quick note to THANK YOU & your listeners for your "Mapping the Storm Clean-up" story. I spent Christmas with my family here in Montreal and was supposed to drive back to Brooklyn earlier this week. I had no clue as to how bad the situation was on my street until I saw your map (thank you, @wnyc twitter feed!). Being on vacation, I was fortunate enough to be able to just stay here, where the roads are clear, and wait it out. My thoughts are with you, fellow Broolynites. This map was a great idea and it saved me (along with a lot of other people, I'm sure) a big headache.
So thank you again, and I wish you nothing but the best for 2011!

Dec. 31 2010 12:30 PM

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