Local, writing-irrelevant griping here; all who are disinterested in the mundanities of my daily life please move along.
You may have heard that the northeast US got smacked with a massive snowstorm a couple of days ago. It’s the northeast; it happens. But this particular Snowpocalypse has been exacerbated by the worst snow-emergency response I’ve seen since I moved to this part of the country. The snow isn’t the problem; the problem is the complete failure of New York’s administration to send snowplows, etc. into the non-Manhattan boroughs of the city. A few main streets have reportedly been plowed, yes. But the bulk of Brooklyn still looks like this:
Most of the trains in the boroughs have been shut down since the storm. Buses are mostly shut down, or like the one in the photo, inoperable (and blocking streets in their inoperability). I trekked out to a nearby grocery store to buy food, and passed several stalled/abandoned cars and SUVs in the middle of the street. This is bad enough, but the (outpatient) hospital in my neighborhood is closed; a number of local medical facilities are in a similar situation. Staff just can’t get in to tend patients. The city’s entire emergency service system is virtually useless. People are dying here.
This isn’t the first time we’ve had two feet of snow, note, or a major holiday — or two feet of snow on a major holiday, for that matter. Usually I’m impressed by the city’s efficiency in such matters. I truly don’t know what’s going on this time, but man, somebody needs to get fired for it. And yeah, I’m looking at you, Bloomberg.
Fortunately, New Yorkers have been responding like New Yorkers. In my neighborhood, I’ve seen dozens of young men roving about with shovels, offering to help stuck drivers, elders, and so on, for free. Neighbors are looking out for each other, those who can climb over snow-mounds going out to buy food and supplies for those who can’t. People with motorized snow-removal machines have been using them on more than just the buildings/sidewalks they’re responsible for. The mosque, Catholic church, and synagogue in my neighborhood have all opened their doors to those in need of food, heat, or just companionship. Everybody’s doing a little more, and it is helping.
The City That Never Sleeps isn’t unconscious. Just kind of woozy and pissed-off.
So that’s my life lately. How’s yours?