Snowstorm wreaks havoc across Brooklyn

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DEADLY: A snowplow struck and killed a woman in the parking lot of a Bay Ridge supermarket on the morning of Feb. 13.
DEFENSIVE: Mayor DeBlasio got his own storm of criticism after deciding to keep public schools open on Thursday.
CHASTISED: School chancellor Carmen Farina came under fire for telling media, “It is a beautiful day outside.”
POWERING THROUGH: Windsor Terrace dad Jeff Pfetzing walked his son Leo, 4, to the school bus. Mayor DeBlasio did not order his forearms to remain open to the elements.
STROLLER COASTER: A mom struggles to cross Prospect Avenue amidst a snow dump.
BURIED: A car parked near Prospect Park was almost invisible under the freshly plowed glop.
ROSY LINING: Not everybody had a bad time in the snowstorm. Windsor Terrace tot Elliot Graham, 3, played near her house.

Another heavy dose of the white stuff has proven deadly and dangerous for Brooklynites.

A pregnant woman died after a Bobcat snowplow struck her in the back parking lot of a Bay Ridge supermarket on 63rd Street near Eighth Avenue around 10:42 this morning, police said.

The 36-year-old woman was taken to Maimonides Medical Center and pronounced dead at 11:39 am. Her baby boy was delivered at the hospital and remains in critical condition, according to cops.

A ramp to the East River Ferry in Greenpoint also collapsed into the icy waters of the tidal strait on Thursday morning around 9 am, causing the ferry company to suspend service through the weekend.

“While I’m grateful that no one was hurt, this morning’s ferry ramp collapse in Greenpoint raised a number of safety concerns that I hope [ferry company] NY Waterway and the [Economic Development Corporation] will quickly investigate so this vital service can be restored,” state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D—Greenpoint) said.

The latest in a string of groan-inducing snowstorms is predicted to dump 8 to 12 inches on the city by Friday morning, but Mayor DeBlasio held true to his Wednesday night promise to keep schools open on Thursday — infuriating even his top officials.

“It is clear that a re-evaluation of the criteria for closing New York City schools is needed after today’s storm,” Public Advocate Letitia James said in a statement. “We must adjust the standards so that students, teachers, administrators, and parents are not put in harm’s way.”

Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the city and the Council canceled all Thursday hearings.

Rain, snow, and sleet could bring three to seven smore inches of snow tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Alternate-side parking is suspended through Monday.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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