Christmas weekend, New Yorkers were slammed with a last-minute blizzard that packed a punch on the 5 boroughs. Three days later, many side streets remain unplowed while cars remain buried in mounds of snow.
Unsurprisingly, Mayor Bloomberg has taken plenty of heat about the weak cleanup job. Is the Sanitation Department understaffed due to the holidays? Perhaps. Whatever the case, it's unacceptable. We live in New York City; not Oshkosh.
My street alone has seen several stuck cars, with elderly people afraid to leave their homes for fear of falling in the snow or on slippery pavements. Traffic (even to local destinations) has been a nightmare for motorists.
If there's a silver lining in all of this, it has to be how New Yorkers have joined together to help their neighbors as well as complete strangers. I've witnessed countless situations where good samaritans have assisted people with pushing their stuck cars or helping the elderly cross the street.
I, myself, was given a hand by a chivalrous guy who helped me navigate a huge mound of snow on Monday. And yesterday, one of my neighbors whom I barely know, came up to my apartment to help me fix a broken appliance.
The snowstorm has also allowed for the opportunity to bond with others. One of my neighbors had me over for tea the other day - something that probably would never have happened if we weren't snowbound.
Fortunately for everyone, rising temperatures are on the way which means a big meltdown. The blizzard will soon be a thing of the past, but one thing is for sure, it won't be forgotten anytime soon.