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One Blizzard, Two Markedly Different Approaches in NJ and NYC

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

On Monday morning, New Jersey was under a state of emergency and state government operations were closed except for emergency personnel. Across the Hudson in New York City, no emergency was declared, city offices kept regular hours, and Mayor Bloomberg pointed to the full audiences at Broadway shows. 

But as the heavy snow stayed stacked on city streets through another full day on Tuesday, critics questioned Bloomberg's response.

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Residents Upset At City's Response As Streets Remain Covered in Snow

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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After waiting in vain for nearly two hours on the city's 311 help line, Louisa Ocean decided to hang up the phone and do it herself.

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Snowy City Streets Slow Deliveries

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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Snowed-in streets have made life difficult for those who make deliveries across New York City and those who receive them. Park Slope, Brooklyn, is one of the neighborhoods that has experienced a slowdown in food and beverage service.

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Homeward Bound New Yorkers Stranded For Days After Blizzard

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New York area airports are slowly groaning back to life after the blizzard. But New Yorkers trying to get home will still be stranded all over the country for days.  

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Hospitals Struggle to Provide Care In Blizzard's Wake

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It’s been a challenging couple of days for medical professionals working to provide care at New York City hospitals. Emergency rooms have reported a rise in fractures, cases of hypothermia and conditions related to over-exertion from shoveling snow. The same issues caused more problems in the outer boroughs, where many streets remained unplowed.

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Mayor Cory Booker Helps Twitter Followers Out of Snow

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

After a blizzard covered most of New Jersey in about two feet of snow, many people have turned to Mayor Cory Booker who has been responding to people's cry for help via Twitter.

Mayor Booker's Twitter followers have been making requests such as diaper delivery and plowing roads. Some people have even asked for help shoveling their cars out of the snow. And the mayor hasn't just replied with a tweet. He also showed up with his feet.

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Snow Stories: What's Happening in Your Neighborhood?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A major winter storm hit New York and New Jersey on Sunday, bringing over a foot of snow in some places and gusting winds that closed airports and suspended rail and bus travel. 

As we begin to shovel out, share what is happening in your neighborhood and send us your blizzard photos. Is your street plowed? Is trash getting picked up? Are local restaurants and businesses delivering? Are abandoned cars starting to move out, or are more getting stuck?

See a gallery of submitted photos.

Mapping the storm clean-up.

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My Four-Hour Journey to JFK Airport

Monday, December 27, 2010

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My trip to John F. Kennedy airport on Monday involved weighing one bad option against another: getting into a cab at 10 a.m. this morning when the roads hadn’t been completed plowed (the car service operator told me it would be take at least two hours, possibly three or four, from downtown Brooklyn) or taking the A train, which was traveling as far as the Euclid Avenue station in East New York.

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Broadway Stays Open Despite Blizzard Conditions

Monday, December 27, 2010

If you have tickets to a Broadway show on Monday, never fear: the show will go on. All scheduled performances will proceed as planned, according to the Broadway League, despite blizzard conditions paralyzing transportation networks throughout New York City and the Tri-State region.

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LIRR Begins Helping Stranded Passengers Get Home

Monday, December 27, 2010

Long Island Rail Road service was still at a standstill for Monday evening's commute. But the railroad began moving hundreds of stranded passengers from Penn Station on to Jamaica where they could take buses or trains back home.

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Keeping Cold Noses Warm: Harsh Weather Tips for Dogs and Cats

Monday, December 27, 2010

Crisp days and fluffy snow can bring out the inner dog in a dog, but harsh weather also brings real hazards to man’s best friend and other companion animals. Here are some do’s, don’ts and guidelines.

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Major Winter Storm Hits New York

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The entire New York City metropolitan area is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. Monday. City officials are urging people to stay off the roads. Travel will be especially treacheous with white-out conditions expected. New York City-area airports have canceled flights and Amtrack and Greyhound have both canceled service. The Department of Sanitation is looking for help clearing snow and ice from city streets.

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Blizzard Slows Down New York

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The first storm of the winter rolled through the New York City metro-area on Sunday, bringing heavy winds and predictions of up to a foot of snow. With the mayor urging people to stay off the roads, the blizzard meant a bad day for taxi drivers and retailers, some of whom said the blizzard couldn't have come at a worse time.

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Strong Wind, Rain Hit East Coast

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Stormy weather is snarling traffic in the New York metropolitan area. All three of the region's major airports are experiencing delays. The MTA is asking for reduced speed on bridges. NJ Transit has resumed service on its Northeast Corridor rail line. But commuters traveling by train may experience residual delays.

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Parts of New York City Earn Federal Disaster Declaration After September Storms

Thursday, October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has formally declared parts of New York City a disaster area because of the tornados and severe storms that ripped through Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island last month.

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2,500 Tons of Debris and Counting

Friday, October 01, 2010

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The city is waiting to hear just how much in federal funds it will receive to help cover the $24.5 million cost of cleaning up damage from September's 16th's tornadoes.

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Watch Out for Loose Branches in the Next Storm

Thursday, September 30, 2010

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City officials are urging New Yorkers to exercise caution during tonight's storm -- with two to four inches of rain expected and winds that could gust up to 60 miles per hour.

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Journey of the Umbrella: From Trash to Fashion

Monday, September 27, 2010

The city will get a lot of rain this week and chances are you'll be caught on a street, desperate to buy the first cheap umbrella you can find. And chances are that umbrella will break and find its way into a trash can. But that little umbrella's life may not end there.

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New York's Tornado Clean-Up Will Take Weeks

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The clean-up from last week’s tornadoes in Brooklyn and Queens will take several more weeks, city officials said Thursday.

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Hundreds of City Workers Still Focused on Tornado Recovery

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg said Monday that nearly four hundred people from the city's police, fire, sanitation and parks departments are still working everyday to help the city recover from last week's tornados. The mayor said the city's first priority has been to remove trees blocking streets. He expects all streets to be clear by the end of Tuesday.

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