Yesterday’s snow storm didn’t totally cripple the Big Apple. This proved that the city is well prepared in dealing with a treacherous situation with this magnitude. With the city’s 1,600 plows and 365 salt spreaders on hand with more than 4,000 sanitation employees working in 12-hour shifts, the parkways and streets were pretty much passable. The rule of thumb is that for every inch of snow that falls, the city pays $1 million to clean it up. With up to a foot and a half expected, the total could reach $18 million.
The public transport system operated normally except for a few routes (MTA buses) that were suspended. In fact, if anyone had to be out, the best way to get around the city was through mass transit.
While schools were closed, New Yorkers went ahead with their usual business and that included government offices, as well as private establishments. We had our mail delivered yesterday, which meant that our trusty mailman worked too. Many chose to telecommute and totally stayed away from the outside element. Nothing beats working from the comfort of ones home when the weather is that bad.
Today, everything is expected to be back to normal. In fact, Mayor Bloomberg announced early last night that schools will reopen.
Now, it’s time to bring out those shovels and start to dig out.