Brooklyn coming back to life as blizzard fizzles

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The weather outside is frightful: A family braves the blustery wind on Prospect Avenue on Monday afternoon as the storm starts to pick up steam.
Fur coat: Raider, a red Lab owned by Jan Rehder of Park Slope, snuggles in the snow.
Bundled: This woman is bundled from head toe as she gets in some last minute shopping in Windsor Terrace.
The mail doesn’t stop: A mailman dutifully delivers along his route near Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street on Monday afternoon.
Snow in the Slope: Roads in Park Slope already had a healthy coating of the white stuff by Monday afternoon.
Brooklyn hustles: A family refuses to let the snow stop them in Park Slope.
Plow power: Plows hit the streets on Eighth Avenue in Park Slope on Monday afternoon, ahead of the expected big dump later in the evening.
Tough mother: Park Slope moms are not letting the snow stop them just yet.

So much for that blizzard.

The first major winter storm of 2015 was predicted to bring two-to-three-feet of snow by this evening, but it has now been downgraded to eight-to-12 inches. Governor-imposed travel bans have been lifted and public transit is creaking back to life.

Mayor DeBlasio, possibly making up for his widely panned performance last year during his first big snow storm as mayor that saw large swaths of the city go unplowed, started announcing the city’s preparedness measures on Sunday night. By Monday afternoon he announced that public schools will be closed today and that city roads would be off-limits after 11 pm. Drivers are now once again allowed on Brooklyn streets, but community meetings and events all over the borough remain canceled.

Here are a few of the cancellations and closings in effect:

• Public schools are closed today.

• Subways are returning to Sunday service levels by noon.

• All Brooklyn Public Library branches are closed Tuesday.

• Alternate-side parking is suspended through Wednesday.

• Garbage and recycling pick-ups will not take place until snow clearing is complete.

• Community Board 13’s general meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, is cancelled.

• Opening events scheduled at the Kings Theatre tonight are postponed.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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ty from pps says:
i hope they plow the bike lanes.
Jan. 26, 2015, 6:10 pm
gf from bensonhurst says:

in a blizzard, they're worried about bike lanes.
the entire city will be shut down after 11pm and ty is worried about bike lanes. what a laugh.

is pps prospect park south?
just wondering.....
Jan. 26, 2015, 6:24 pm
Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
It's official! New York is a military state! Stay off the streets or face arrest. A some point, they won't give an excuse of a storm to have the governor and mayor (the House Speaker apparently is absent) to arrest anyone on the street against their orders.

But maybe the cops will just turn their backs on the storm!
Jan. 26, 2015, 6:54 pm
hype from NYC & NYS says:
What right did our two top officials have to call marshal law for a snow storm?

We all know that politicians take advantage of disasters or pending disasters to boost their popularity. People listen in with little scrutiny while they talk and talk and talk usually repeating the same rhetoric over and over. Telling us how they are doing everything possible for the safety of all and putting convenience last.

The truth is that these leaders are completely void of any concept of what they are talking about. Like parrots, they repeat what specialized operators of systems tell them.

Bottom line, the governor nor mayor have no right to restrict people from taking care of their affairs while these extreme conditions exist. While advising the public to be responsible, of the risks and what to avoid, they have no right to restrict access to our roads so they can take care of their own.

Have the governor and mayor crossed the line, have they broke the law, and if so shouldn't they pay the price. At a minimum, $300 per ticket issued and a misdemeanor conviction for their record!
Jan. 27, 2015, 12:21 pm
James from bensonhurst says:
Great job de Blasio two weeks of garbage not collected
Jan. 27, 2015, 1:17 pm

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