On December 26th of 2010 New York City got hit hard by a snow storm, it’s the worst I’ve seen the city aside from September 11. Cars, trucks, buses, ambulances and anything else you can think of was stuck in the snow. I’m not talking about just on December 27, it took until at least December 31 to clear all of those abandoned and stuck vehicles. On December 30 the Sanitation Department was still plowing streets for the first time.
The funny thing is that depending on where you were in the city things were better, if you were a tourist in Times Square you might not have even known it had snowed. Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, but Times Square streets were among the earliest to be plowed and in preparation of the New Years Eve Ball Drop all the snow was removed. NYC uses snow melters, they melt the snow and put it into the sewer system as one way to clear the snow since NYC doesn’t have much room for snow.
I can say that I don’t know a New Yorker who is a fan of snow now, they all seem to have a bad taste in their mouth and hate it at the moment, I do too (being stuck at work for 2 days and getting a bad cold will do that). But then I think of the tourists who visited (not the ones who couldn’t fly in or out of NYC), especially the ones who have never seen snow. I know that most of them loved it and it made visiting the city a new experience and a unique adventure. Snow does that, everyone has a story – good or bad – it becomes a bonding point for the people who experience it.