Photo by myself on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
New York woke up to a huge amount of snow. Some 20 inches fell last night in Central Park.
I walked around at eight this morning to see the damage. Lots of other people were digging out their cars, shoveling their walks, heading to work (!) or walking their dogs.
Most people wandered in the middle of the streets like zombies, since the sidewalks were piled high with snow drifts.
There were traffic mishaps too - cabs that got in very late at night and couldn't find a place to park were just abandoned in the middle of the street. There were buses and snowplows stuck in the middle of the street, too.
It looked like the end of the world. Along the sidewalks, parked cars were buried, only a bit of roof or an antenna visible.
From an announcement made on the local television channel NY1, it costs New York $1 million for every inch of snow that needs to be plowed for machinery, supplies, workers' overtime, etc. So 20 inches = $20 million dollars.
People trudged down the middle of the street at 8am, since the sidewalks were thigh-high in snow.
Related posts: The Brooklyn Ice House, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, A Blanket of Snow in Prospect Park and Yep, It's Still Winter.