Snow Day! What Are You Going to Do With Your Time?

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Sledding in Prospect Park.
You are probably aware that snow has come to New York City. Considering you can't yet spend your snow days watching the city's online map that will track when salt spreaders or plows went down city streets (if you're intrigued you can watch Mayor Bloomberg discuss the tool at this morning's press conference), you have to find some other ways to occupy your time. We're aware of your predicament, and we'd like to help with some suggestions of things to do.

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Snow Hits The City; MTA Works on 7 Line; South Carolina Primary Today

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It's snowing! Did you notice? Winter finally decided to grace us with its presence, and it brought with it a winter weather advisory that will be in effect until 4 p.m. today. The National Weather service predicts 4 to 5 inches of snow, but says the heaviest downfall will happen before noon. The MTA says is prepared to fight whatever the snow may bring with equipment that's been "fueled, prepped and deployed near outdoor locations historically vulnerable to heavy snowfall." But don't be discouraged if you're eager to get somewhere, much subway construction has been canceled because of the snow. [NWS, MTA, NYP]

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Passengers Stranded on Subway During 2010 Blizzard to File Suit

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Last year around this time, under very different weather circumstances than we're having right now, hundreds of people were stuck on an A train in the Rockaways from approximately 10 p.m. on December 26 until 8 a.m. on December 27. This was during the blizzard of 2010, which most of us probably haven't thought much about since our streets were plowed last January -- although this year, in early December, the MTA finally admitted they'd forgotten about those unfortunate passengers, calling the omission "inexcusable."

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the event, and Aymen Aboushi, lawyer for 22 plaintiffs who were stuck on that train, will be filing a complaint with the New York City Transit Authority on their behalf. Aboushi says the MTA's recent admission of fault, which followed numerous meetings between the plaintiffs and the MTA over the past year in which plaintiffs told their stories of the incident, "does not give us what we are looking for because it is simply an admission of liability, not a remedy."

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Last Year's Blizzard Cost The City Over $1.8 Million In Claims

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The weather today is nothing to bitch about. The sun is shining, it's a positively balmy 45ish degrees. But that doesn't mean we have to stop bitching about last year's horrible weather. In fact, the Associated Press reports that the city, as of December 23, has paid $1,855,152.53 in claims resulting from what some called Snowmageddon. Remember that? The feeling of being trapped inside our apartments or -- the horror -- outside of the city as snow pummeled our dear streets?

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Snow Unlikely for You This Christmas

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No Frosty this year.
Recall, if you will, last Christmas-time in New York City. Aside from the gifts you did or didn't give or receive, there was ever so much white stuff, blanketing the ground, preventing you from flying home from wherever you happened to be, forcing you to stay with your family and go marginally insane for an extra 2 or 3 or 5 days. It was so holidayish, except for the roads not being cleared and snowplows crushing cars and Mayor Bloomberg "going missing" and everyone complaining, and some people deserving to complain. Alas, we'll be missing out on that this year. Even though it was really quite freezing yesterday, chances of a seasonal precipitation blanket for New Yorkers and other Eastern Seaboard types are minimal at best.

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Finally, It Is 'Seasonably Chilly' (And It Might Snow)

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WTF, weather? For days we've been sashaying about complaining and/or rejoicing (whether we're feeling glass-half-empty or glass-half-full) about the bizarre temperate weather. Our actual winter coat has only been worn, like, twice! But today, in weird conjunction with the MTA's announcement that they'll be better about the winter this time, they promise, comes a winter weather advisory from our friends in the know. It might snow, and it's definitely going to drop quite a few degrees. In fact, it already has.

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The MTA Plumb Forgot About Passengers Stranded on an A Train in Last Year's Blizzard

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December last year.
Perhaps you've forgotten about last year's blizzard, perhaps because this December continues to hang in the 50s and 60s...even though, for some reason, it snowed in October. But regardless of your memories, there are people who have not forgotten about last year's blizzard, perhaps because some of them were trapped on an A train in the Rockaways for 6 hours. Oh yeah, remember that? Others who have not forgotten are the MTA officials tasked with trying to figure out how to prevent that from happening again this year, if it ever drops below 40 degrees again and the rain turns to something more frozen. But what, exactly, happened?

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Central Park May Have Lost 1000 Trees Due to Freak Snowstorm

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No one was prepared for this weekend's weird freak snowstorm, least of all Central Park's trees. According to reports, the park may have lost 1,000 trees over the weekend. By way of contrast, Hurricane Irene only felled 125 trees.

How could this be? Aren't New York trees tougher than that?

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Yes, That is October Snow


The above video was taken in Midtown Manhattan this morning, and it shows the unseasonal weather that is going to ruin your Saturday. Consider it karmic retribution after you laughed off Hurricane Irene. Nice going, smart ass.


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Snow, Snow, Snow, Etc.; Beloved Twitter Apps Return; Man Finds Wallet After 40 Years

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Happy Presidents Day! In case you haven't noticed yet, it snowed. Central Park was reporting 2.5 inches as of this morning. There's a chance of more snow over the afternoon, and again tonight. [Weather, NY1]

Protests in Libya against Muammar Qaddafi's totalitarian rule are spreading, even as violence has lead to the deaths of some 200. Police stations have been reported burned, and state TV headquarters ransacked. [CSM]

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