Open Phones: Surviving the Snow

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nine inches of snow blanketed the city again last night, and this time Bloomberg had his plows at the ready. Call in and tell us how you survived the snowfall.

Comments [16]

linda from Manhattan

Hardly ever mentioned is difficult getting
from sidewalk to buses. At most stops for several days one
has to stand in street to have access to bus
because snow is piled up along curb. Cars
can skid.

Jan. 12 2011 11:17 AM
Freddy from Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

So now the city overreacted to the storm, as 2 weeks ago they underreacted. Either way it's bad management. But we never had this problem before. Commissioner Doherty did a fine job keeping the streets clear and picking up the garbage.
Question: What's different this year?
Answer: Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. He's gotta go!

Jan. 12 2011 10:36 AM
Stuart from Jackson Heights

While streets are a big issue no one mentions the sidewalk problem. Here in Queens it's a nightmare getting down streets on foot. Most store owners are pretty good about clearing (at least a path) in front but if they're on a corner, don't bother with the part of there store on the side street. Stores that are closed when the snow falls do not have their sidewalks sanded, salted or shoveled. This includes large institutions like banks. We shouldn't have to wait until the bank opens the next day (or in a few days if over a weekend) to safely walk on a sidewalk. Real estate owners whose retail locations are empty don't take any care of their sidewalks either. I'm fit and walking on these major retail streets is a real hazard. Many people here are elderly or have difficulty walking under when the sidewalks are clear, when they are filled with snow and ice it is a real danger. I have tried calling the phone numbers on the real estate signs offering "For Lease" but have never gotten any action. Where is the city on this, don't these people have an obligation to take care of the sidewalks around their property?

Jan. 12 2011 10:24 AM
Greg B. from Stamford, CT

15 inches in Stamford!


Jan. 12 2011 10:20 AM
herbert in prosp hts from prospect heights

we have the same problem as r king from bed-stuy. tuesday was garbage-recycling day in prospect heights. they started plowing our streets around 9:30 last night and have plowed them repeatedly, unlike last time when they went unplowed for days. but they didn't pick up the garbage during the day. is this the lesson bloomberg learned? is the only was to plow the streets at night by not picking up the garbage during the day?

Jan. 12 2011 10:19 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

I really feel like Brian is being a snarky Bloomberg apologist here. Obviously Bloomberg was getting NYers back for criticizing him; hence, the ridiculous scraping/plowing of pavement throughout the night. Bloomberg doesn't answer or sincerely apologize to anyone. His reaction to this snowstorm was passive aggressive at best.

Jan. 12 2011 10:18 AM
Ruth Labovitz

I am so weary of listening to whining about snow on the streets of NYC!!!!!!!!!
What babies!!!!!!
I am turning off the radio now!

Jan. 12 2011 10:18 AM
Kin from Midwood, Brooklyn

They also never picked up the trash yesterday in my neighborhood which is scheduled for pick up on Tues. Meanwhile I kept seeing a garbage truck plow the mere 1inch of snow last night at 10pm on the street while the trash has been piling up for awhile now. Where's their priorities?? The DSNY's management is really questionable. What were they doing during the day???

Jan. 12 2011 10:18 AM
Mike Bloomberg

You people love to b¡tch, don't you? Complaining the streets are TOO clean? You deserve the City, and the city deserves you.

Jan. 12 2011 10:15 AM
hazy from brooklyn

clinton hill. snow plows came by 3 to 4 trucks in a row dropping salt 2 days before this storm. Now that there is snow all over the place, there has not been a plow in sight! it's 10am!

Jan. 12 2011 10:15 AM
Ermie from UWS

On my block (west 104th street) the plows went ALL NIGHT LONG. Hundred of passs - - No, maybe thousands

Jan. 12 2011 10:15 AM
Cory from UES

The vast overplowing for PR purposes (6 overlapping trucks at a time repeatedly plowing nothing on Lexington Ave in the 70's) wrecks the plow blades and the streets. We will pay for this PR exercise when Bloomberg is just another bad memory and we can't afford to replace the blades or the streets.

Jan. 12 2011 10:15 AM
pat from Brooklyn

Bloomberg is acting like a man who missed his anniversary and got in trouble for trying to pretend he didn't really screw up, and now he's trying to make up for the mistake with flowers, chocolate, jewelry, furs...and telling all the neighbors about it.

Jan. 12 2011 10:14 AM
Larry from Brooklyn

People in this city live to complain. First not enough plowing, now too much. I think we would cease to exist without complaining.

Jan. 12 2011 10:13 AM
Rose from Brooklyn

Why hasn't anyone mentioned garbage pick-up? There has been only one pickup on my block in the Gowanus since before Christmas, and that didn't include recyclables.

Jan. 12 2011 10:13 AM
R King from Bedford Stuyvesant

My street was plowed, but trash, which is usually picked up on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, was NOT picked up yesterday - so now we've got trash under 8 inches of snow, and it probably won't be picked up tomorrow either!

Jan. 12 2011 10:11 AM

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