Mayor Bill de Blasio Defends Traffic Ban During the #BlizzardOf2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that "We got lucky. Things turned out a lot better than we feared, but we were prepared."
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With New York having seen much less snow than anticipated, Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending the decision to institute a travel ban on all non-emergency vehicles — even food delivery bicycles — throughout the city. "The bottom line is, we got lucky," de Blasio said during a press conference on Tuesday. "Would you rather be ahead of the action or behind?...To me it was a no-brainer: We had to take precautions to keep people safe."

While New York City saw only about eight inches of snow, nearby counties on Long Island got about two feet, he said. "You can't be a Monday-morning quarterback on something like the weather.

"The good news is people took the travel ban seriously," de Blasio added, saying that because people stayed inside, snowplows were able to clear the streets quickly overnight. "That allowed the Sanitation Department to do an extraordinary job."

No summonses or arrests were issued for anyone violating the travel ban, according to police, who pointed to successfully emptied streets.

Parks throughout the city are now open, and public schools will be open again tomorrow.

"Was I heavily lobbied by a certain public school student? Yes," says de Blasio. "[My son] Dante made his best attempt to convince me schools should be closed tomorrow. But his attempt failed."

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New Yorkers Are Pretty Expletive Tired of All This Expletive Snow

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But seriously. Eff this.
It's snowing. Again. It's real cold. Again. It's 30 degrees but feels colder, and the weather forecast says much of the city is currently experiencing something called "snow fog," which sounds absolutely disgusting. The National Weather Service is warning that we should expect six to eight inches, "treacherous" driving conditions, and terrible visibility. It's also heavy, wet snow that's hard to clear, or what they cheerily call "heart attack snow." According to the Federal Aviation Administration, flights arriving at LaGuardia are delayed by an average of 4 hours and 13 minutes. According to the Department of Education, the schools are open but field trips are cancelled, the cruelest combination known to man.

At this point, we've moved through all the stages of winter: initial wonderment and excitement, hot chocolate-making, mild complaining, major cabin fever, a brief feeling of relief at yesterday's miraculous 50-degree respite, and back to complaining. And today, finally, we've reached cursing. Lots and lots of cursing.

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De Blasio: "More Could Have Been Done" to Plow the Upper East Side

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De Blasio personally snow-shovels everybody's house but the ones on the UES.
Yesterday, as Polar Vortex II: Electric Boogaloo descended on the city, vengeful Marxist dictator Bill de Blasio made his class warfare agenda known. The mayor cruelly and deliberately prevented the Upper East Side from being snow-plowed, because he hates the rich and wants them to get their shoes all mucky.

That was, anyway, the narrative over the highly respectable New York Post, which blared, "It really is a tale of two cities -- this time with the tony Upper East Side getting the shaft!" The Daily News decided to run with the same general idea, although they did note that the sanitation commissioner, John Doherty, was appointed by previous mayor Michael Bloomberg. CBS had also noted earlier that the truck sent out to the area had a broken GPS, according to Doherty himself, who said that combined with traffic problems accounted for much of the delay.

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SNOW DAY: Here's How Your Fellow New Yorkers are Handling "Hercules"

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Columbus Circle in the snow
HURRAY, IT'S SNOWING. In case you've just woken up and get all your news about the outside world from a computer screen: it snowed a lot last night, and it's seriously cold right now. Tessa already covered the important stuff for you early this morning: schools are closed, some roads are closed, your train might be a bit delayed, and a line of yetis have been seen advancing up the West Side Highway. Around 8 a.m., it was eleven degrees here in New York, the same as our neighbors in Fairbanks, Alaska.

But the real question is not just what the weather is doing, but how New Yorkers are responding. The answer: taking pictures, complaining, watching Bill de Blasio shovel his front walk, and smoking weed in the great outdoors.

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It's The First Big Snow of the Season, New York

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New York traffic this morning.
If you haven't looked out the window yet, this might be news: It's kind of really snowing in New York. No reports of serious traffic accidents. City schools are open.

Not to undersell it, though. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that lasts until 5 p.m., and the city Department of Sanitation has issued a "snow alert", meaning its salt spreaders and tire chains are at the ready. Oh, and NO ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING TODAY, according to the city's Twitter. We'll see accumulation of between one to three inches, with the snowfall continuing into the afternoon.

So stay tuned. We'll be updating if anything develops.

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Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wives, It's Snowing Very Lightly

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Yes. Your eyeballs, your weather apps, and the frenzied squeakings of everyone on every social media site may be believed: it's snowing. In Central Park, the rain changed to snow around 6:40 a.m. The weather forecast calls for light snow in every borough this morning and a high of around 41 degrees in Manhattan.

Here in Cobble Hill, where one-fourth of your blogging team wakes up, the snow looks more like mist, settling gently on the trash bags and the Buick-sized strollers filled with children named Milo and Olivia. All over the city, people are losing their minds:

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Even A Blizzard Didn't Stop A Ton Of Violence From Happening This Weekend

Nemo was able to shut down power, the Long Island Expressway and most of the news over the weekend. But, somehow, it apparently couldn't prevent the unfortunate plague of crime in New York City.

The first shooting victim came Friday night during the apex of the snowstorm. At a baby shower up on East 165th Street, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot just after midnight as the blizzard began to weather down on the City. Also, the man's cousin was shot but is currently in critical condition. There's video surveillance that shows the attackers but the police told the New York Post that no one has been charged yet with the shootings.

The violence continued into Saturday night.

At around 8:50pm, a 19-year-old man was found with two fatal gun wounds in his back at a bodega in Brooklyn. Once again, the cops are still unsure what happened while no arrests have been made. And then three hours later, a 54-year-old man was found dead at a motel in Elmhurst. The officials on the scene determined it was homicide and could be the result of a strangling.

And we haven't even mentioned the other shootings that went down this weekend yet.

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Snowpocalypse NYC! The City Digs Out

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Two bikes and a basketful of snow

New York City lucked out with only 8 to 11 inches of snow, but the wind caused it to pile up in drifts, making it more difficult to trudge through the relentless white. Nevertheless, buses were up and running by noon, the Greenmarket at Union Square was doing business with a fraction of its usual booths, and a carnival atmosphere prevailed downtown as Villagers and East Villagers dug out their cars and bikes, and generally wandered around ogling the accumulated precip. Here are some photos taken around noon.

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About Today

Good luck out there.

Let's Place Bets On How Much It's Gonna Snow This Weekend

It's gonna snow in New York City this weekend.

Well, not definitely. Most things that happen in life are unexpected. But there's a very good chance it will on Friday night, continuing into Saturday morning. We know that because everyone's been saying it's gonna snow, like, a lot. It could be 'historic.' It could not be.

Who really knows. We surely do not. But here are a few predictions from people who know Mother Nature better than Mother Nature herself.

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