Nor’easter buries New York under a blanket of snow; Essential workers brave their way – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBS New York) — A Nor’easter buried New York in a blanket of snow on Saturday.

Mayor Eric Adams traveled through the five boroughs to tour the storm conditions.

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“Be careful, bundle up. Good day to stay home if you don’t have to go out,” he said.

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The mayor urged people to stay home or use public transport.

“DSNY, Transit, NYPD, FDNY, the whole team of public servants are doing their job in service of the city, keeping the streets passable,” he told CBS2.

CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported from the Upper West Side, where people were walking their dogs.

“It’s Remmy… He loves the snow. I’m having fun too – I’m a little cold, not him,” one woman said.

Others went to work.

“I am an essential worker. I’m so thankful the public transit is working great, the trains are running and so far so good,” another woman said. “I work in a gourmet supermarket and I serve customers in neighborhood food. So I guess people are going to come to the store for bread and eggs and stuff this morning.

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“I sell furniture because I have to pay rent,” another person added. “I love being here, it’s a beautiful day. Go out and see the world.

Other workers climbed ladders to clear snow from outdoor dining structures. When snowblowers weren’t moving mountains, that meant shoveling by hand.

Luckily the snow was powdery, relieving the stress of a normally grueling task.

Trucks took to the streets of Washington Heights for drivers to move around and business owners grabbed shovels, clearing the sidewalks in front of their establishments.

Carlin also found people sledding — and even cross-country skiing in Central Park.

“It was really good. The snow is really good, it’s not super hard so there aren’t so many bumps,” said a young New Yorker.

The Central Park Conservancy was out all night, making it more accessible to visitors.

Video from the nonprofit shows crews plowing roads and shoveling stairs. They urge people to avoid walking on icy bodies of water and under trees.

As CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports, Queens has been the hardest hit of all the boroughs.

From shovels and snowblowers to large plows, cleanup was underway in Whitestone by early Saturday afternoon.

Luca Antonelli’s construction equipment came in handy.

“These two buildings here and that’s it, and then I’m going to help some people if I can, whatever,” he said. “And then we go home. We have a good drink, serve some soup and relax.

Snow totals in Queens were among the highest in the city, up to 11 inches.

Wayne Kiladitis was digging his car, hoping the snow from the plows wouldn’t block him.

“They can pile the snow against the cars and then the temperature at night can drop and turn into ice, so it’s better to do it now,” he said.

The sanitation department asks that when clearing your car, put the snow against a building or on the sidewalk rather than on the street or bike paths.

Sanitation crews crisscrossed the city, making multiple passes as high winds made progress difficult, especially on the highways.

“You have to run a tandem operation. It’s several pieces executing a coordinated pass spreading salt behind her. Conditions are still bad. We ask everyone to be careful here,” said Sanitation Department Commissioner Edward Grayson.

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To prepare for the storm, DSNY began pretreating 700 miles of city streets two days ago. The department also has 280,000 tons of salt, as well as 1,800 plows and 700 salt spreaders.

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DSNY crews were working 12-hour days with additional plow support from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Parks.

“The main thing with a storm like this, it’s been snowing for so many hours, it’s only starting to lessen, so we’re just asking these owners for patience, but we’re definitely going around and you’ll see plows tonight. We’re making progress on every course in the city,” Grayson said.

The purser said crews would continue to work through the night to clean things up.

“I think we’ll see some streets cleared of snow a little later tonight, where we did at least one pass. The key thing that everyone needs to think about right now is that you’re going to have, in addition to it being really, really cold, you’re going to have some residual snow on the roads. It’s going to take time for the calcium chloride and the salt to really do their thing because we’re not gonna get much help from Mother Nature and we certainly won’t get much help at night because it’s gonna just make it colder and darker,” he said.

WATCH: NYC Sanitation Commissioner Provides Update on Road Conditions

The line to refuel at the Long Island City sanitary garage snaked around the block after a long day, and the job was far from done.

Drivers like Hamde Zeibeia also started early to get to work.

“On the Long Island highway, when you come out of the tunnel, you can’t catch up. Halfway through, a lot of cars had to turn around,” he said.

Humberto Deanda had to navigate in these conditions on his electric bike.

“Even the police said to me, ‘You can’t ride an electric bike.’ I was like, I’m already out. It was good though. I have to come in and open the store, so no choice,” he said.

But you know the saying about all work and no play? Well, 4-year-old Amnin Aouchiche took it to heart.

“Today is a great winter day. I’m having fun,” he said.

In Astoria Park, the snow day brought out the kid in everyone.

CBS2’s Christina Fan was in Long Island City, where the wind continued to blow snow onto recently cleared roads and sidewalks.

“I’ve been here since 7 a.m. this morning,” said a man shoveling. “It’s good, you know, arm work. It’s a workout.

WATCH: CBS2’s Christina Fan Reports from Long Island City, Queens

Fan spoke with another man who said his dog loves the snow.

“This type of dog likes to be outside in bad weather. The tougher the better,” he said. is great for her. It’s just a shame that I freeze my ass.

In Staten Island, some streets were empty as people stayed away from icy roads. More than half a foot of snow fell in some areas.

Because snow coupled with high wind speeds could cause blizzard-like conditions, outdoor dining in the city has been suspended.

LINK: Winter Storm Survival Guide

Vaccination appointments at city-run sites for Saturday have also been rescheduled for Sunday.

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The weather has also had an impact on the metro service. Line M is partially suspended. There is no service between Myrtle Avenue and Delancey Street-Essex Street. There are also delays on the A, N, and Q lines, as well as the Rockaway Park and Franklin Avenue shuttles.

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