New York City, NY
|Following the ban on vehicular traffic in NYC, Scott pauses for a selfie in the middle of 5th Avenue
On Saturday morning, we awoke to discover that the weather forecasters were, for once, correct in their prediction. The snow was blowing and swirling outside our windows, already accumulating on the streets and sidewalks below.
|2nd Avenue on Saturday morning
|It was a little disorienting to experience such limited visibility out our windows
|The view up 39th Street. By early morning, the snow and ice had already begun sticking to the windows fronting our west-facing wall and drifts were forming on the sills below.
Eventually, we decided we should get out of bed even if we clearly weren't going anywhere. The storm continued, unabated, as the morning wore on.
|The snow continued to fall and blow with no signs of letting up, but at mid-morning there were still plenty of cars on the road.
We spent the first part of the day enjoying our brunch and then settling in for some Netflix diversions, including an enjoyable little film called People, Places,Things that I stumbled upon on Facebook in the last couple of days on one of those annoying lists of "little-known movies that you haven't seen but should" (several of which we actually had seen). It starred Jemaine Clement (whom we loved in the Flight of the Conchords series) as a bumbling-yet-lovably-charming, newly divorced dad named Will. We conjectured that he may just have been playing himself in this role.
In between our chosen programming, we continued to monitor the situation outside our windows. At noon, the buses stopped running. The sidewalks were beginning to appear somewhat impassable and we noticed pedestrians walking down the middle of 39th Street just to the west of our building. A bit later, it was announced that beginning at 2:30 there would be a travel ban in effect in all of NYC and Long Island, prohibiting any non-emergency vehicles from driving on city streets. Slowly, slowly, car traffic began to fade and disappear as the snow continued to accumulate. By 3:00 PM pedestrians were already beginning to walk down the middle of 2nd Avenue.
|Pedestrians making their way down the middle of 2nd Avenue on Saturday afternoon
|2nd Avenue at mid-morning on a typical day
By 3:30, our movie had ended and Scott was getting restless, having been cooped up in the apartment all day. Apparently, he needed an adventure. The snow had not stopped falling since it had begun early that morning and the winds continued to gust. Despite the seriously blustery conditions, Scott donned all of his warmest winter gear and set out on foot to see what he could see. I, on the other hand, was feeling perfectly happy to say at home, warm, safe and dry. Dressed in my cozy,comfy, lounge clothes, I found myself continually drawn to the windows, mesmerized by the blizzard scene continuing to unfold below.
|I watched out the window as Scott headed out into the storm up 2nd Avenue
Here's what Scott saw:
|The rooftop deck at our building. The visibility was so poor there was nothing to see from the railings.
|Cross-country skiers on Lexington Avenue
|The scene, taken from the middle of 5th Avenue, with the New York Public Library in view on the immediate left
|5th Avenue Selfie!
|Bryant Park, covered in snow
|A photographer's dream: setting up his tripod in the middle of a normally busy street near Times Square
|Times Square became a giant snow park, full of locals and tourists alike, sledding and making snowmen
|The lone enterprising halal cart that braved the storm was doing a brisk business
The afternoon wore on, as the blizzard continued. We made soup. Eventually, miraculously the snow ceased to fall. Saturday night revelers came out, despite the cold, walking down the quiet, empty streets, and pausing for an occasional snowball fight in the intersection.
|Saturday evening on 2nd Avenue