PHOTOS: Bay Ridge gets blasted by “bomb cyclone” blizzard
The winter storm — dubbed the “bomb cyclone” or Winter Storm Grayson — that pummeled the East Coast just days after the New Year didn’t spare Bay Ridge.
Though the storm has passed, it has left plenty of mess in its wake, from unkempt crosswalks to even worse than usual R train service.
All in all, the storm dumped over seven inches of snow on the Ridge, compared to a whopping 12 inches in neighborhoods like Midwood and East Flatbush, according to the National Weather Service. The blizzard-like conditions prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a State of Emergency for the city and came complete with snow, high winds and bitter cold — the latter two still lingering as the ‘hood recoups.
Citywide, all schools were closed on Thursday, January 4 — the day the storm hit — with Mayor Bill de Blasio opening public schools for Friday. Locally, private schools like St. Anselm Catholic Academy and Xaverian High School continued their closures on Friday.
“Wednesday’s Bomb Cyclone, as the name suggests, was no fun for anybody,” said newly minted Councilmember Justin Brannan. “That said, it could have been much worse if it wasn’t for the hard work and dedication of [the Department of Sanitation] and other city workers. We look after each other here and it was great to hear about neighbors helping out neighbors and pitching in. It’s the winter in New York City and we’re all in this together. Spring training is right around the corner, right?”
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