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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Here's Everything You Need To Know About Today

Good luck out there.

This Is How Much Snow We're Actually Getting This Weekend

Categories: Snowpocalypse

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A map of Nemo, based on the European Model
Back away from the liquor aisle. After conflicting reports yesterday showed this year's first Nor'easter, inscrutably named Nemo, either splashing a little rain or dumping 38 inches of snow on us and, maybe, ending the world as we know it.

The vast discrepancies come from three different weather models that are used to predict the forecast. But of the three--the Rapid Precision Mesoscale (RPM) Model, American Model, and the European Model--the European Model has the most clout, since it correctly predicted the path of Hurricane Sandy (The RPM Model predicted 38 inches yesterday, and 20 today).

According to the European Model, Nemo could deliver over 30 inches to the Boston area, but is likely to merely clip New York City. The National Weather Service is calling for 6-10 inches throughout the city--enough to fuck up your weekend, but not enough to kill you. Elsewhere, Accuweather predicts 4-8 inches. The storm will settle in tomorrow morning with wintry mix before switching to snow and continuing through the night.

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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Passengers Stranded on Subway During 2010 Blizzard to File Suit

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

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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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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Mike Bloomberg's Flight Records Reveal Flights

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The Wall Street Journal did some digging in an effort to find out exactly where Mayor Bloomberg goes during the weekends. He came under fire for being out of town as the city was hit with a blizzard in late December. So where was the billionaire mayor? Bermuda. Probably.

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Bloomberg to City: Drop Dead (Into Street Potholes)

Potholes: A sinking feeling
‚ÄčMayor Mike Bloomberg has decreed that New York City will continue to force pothole repairers to work fewer hours despite the immense number of potholes after the recent spate of snowstorms, the Daily News says.

Look, there will be potholes. And there will always be complaints that they aren't being filled fast enough. But this move to save a measly $1 million? Bloomberg took heat for his response to the first big storm, And it shows in the polls -- 70 percent disapproved of his handling of the December storm.

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