On Saturday afternoon, hours after the storm, neighborhoods across New York City remained mostly quiet as many residents continued to look at snow-covered rooftops from their homes, even as some passengers in windy weather for work or play.
In one area of Lower Manhattan, faces crossing the sidewalk in the afternoon were scattered: a man carrying a hunting dog, a woman struggling to push a stroller, someone shuffling on snow while wearing a blue and red fleece blanket.
On the other side of the city, in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, many of the people on the street are workers, doing their jobs like rage in their faces.
Earlier in the day, some New Yorkers shared the same sentiment: We predict this will get worse. But for those outdoors around midday – when the temperatures are still below freezing, the wind is blowing in the face and the piles are growing – it feels like more than enough to disrupt a person’s day.
“I feel cold,” said Margarita Caviedes, 50, who visited her doctor’s office in Forest Hills, Queens. “My hands are cold, my feet are cold. It’s terrible.”
The weather is also very uncomfortable for workers who spend most of their time outdoors. “It’s very, very difficult,” said Ray Carvajal, a delivery truck driver delivering ice cubes to a bakery in Jackson Heights. “Too much snow.”
Total snowfall in New York City is expected to reach about 8 to 12 inches by the end of the storm, which is expected to ease in the city around 3 p.m., according to state and local officials. .
Among subway commuters, many seem to have pre-commitments that they can’t let go of – or are contemplating retiring to the warmth soon.
“It doesn’t look too bad,” said Tim Williams, who was at a friend’s house Friday and was at Terminal 18 on 1st Street heading home to Jersey City. “I’m from upstate New York, so this is pretty normal.”
However, in the West Village earlier on Saturday, a small crowd of about 20 people left their homes for brunch at a new pancake house. Staff at the restaurant, Salt’s Cure Breakfast, say they’ve managed to keep the doors unlocked even in bad weather.
“We try to stay open,” said Tristan Harrington, 38, a chef at the store. “We can work so hard on a day like this, people who come are usually very appreciative.”
As more diners started showing up, their boots covered in a wet slick and coats dotted with white flakes, he added: “It’s really hectic here.”
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