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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Send in the Plows

The wheels of a backhoe are lifted up into the air as it attempts to pull a stranded sanitation truck at the intersection of LaSalle Avenue and Gillespie Avenue (photo by Lenny Shutterman)
It's been three days since a blizzard dumped nearly two feet of snow on our fine borough and the rest of New York. Since then, the Sanitation Department and Mayor Bloomberg are getting  flak from just about everyone for the city's handling of the storm, as reports of still-unplowed streets and slow subways continue to roll in (though the MTA's website says most lines are back to regular service).

Nicholas Sbordone, a spokesman for the city's Department of Technology and Telecommunications, said the city's 311 line received 11,680 calls yesterday about snow or ice-blocked roads. That may sound like a lot, he said, but it's not too bad in the grand total of 182,477 calls the city took for the day.

The New York Times and WNYC are asking readers to report whether or not their streets have been cleared, with the latter mapping neglected areas.

We don't see many Bronx responses at either of those links, so let's ask you, our readers: has your street been cleared yet? BxNN advertising rep. Shenise Crawford says that her block in Baychester--Bivona Street at Boston Road--has yet to see a plow. Share your stories/complaints/tirades with us in the comments section.

4 comments:

  1. I live at 208 & Bainbridge -- Bainbridge was kept clear the whole time, 208th somewhat less, but really not bad - but both streets are used by ambulances and so would be priority.

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  2. You New Yorkers are a bunch of whiny bitches. Stop your complaining and grab a shovel.

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  3. When will someone, anyone realize that the problem in the five boroughs is on-street parking? People dig out their cars and the snow goes into the middle of the street. I watched three plows get stuck in the middle of my block. Could we send someone to Buffalo to see what they do there. Residents say no amount of snow paralyzes their city.

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  4. I was in Toledo Ohio during the 1978 blizzard. It was real bad but never heard of what you New Yorkers have had 40-80 mph winds. I'd like to know when the winds subsided why Bloomberg didn't call out the National Guard? Sandusky (1978 blizzard) and area had plows that were buried in snow and not found till spring. I lived in an upper flat and watched my car being tagged. Couldn't get it off the street for snow removal. The snow melted and froze over night the tires were in 6" ice not going anywhere. I LOVE YOU NEW YORK.... Keep sticking your heads out the window so you don't get cabin fever and the BEST OF LUCK......

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