It’s snow problem

First Avenue

First Avenue

As we all got to experience, the city was basically shut down last Thursday thanks to a pesky blizzard. With Mayor de Blasio having urged New Yorkers to stay off the roads and public school children getting a day off, things weren’t too bad as far as emergencies are concerned. In Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, residents were warned employees would be slower to respond to service requests with workers having to prioritize snow removal. Fortunately once the snow stopped burying the ground below, kids who braved the cold did get some well-deserved play time.

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Holiday run becomes fitness class due to snow

The fitness event moved to Oval Studio.

The fitness event moved to Oval Studio. (Photos by Maya Rader)

By Maya Rader

On Saturday morning, an outdoor holiday run that had been scheduled to take place in Stuyvesant Town wound up turning into an indoor fitness event, thanks to the arrival of the season’s first snowstorm.

Instead of running around the Oval, kids headed to Oval Studio for a fitness class and active games like tag. Free snacks and drinks were provided.

Attendees also brought gifts for a toy drive, and gave an optional $10 donation to raise money for Toys for Tots. The event was run by PopFit Kids, an organization dedicated to getting kids active and promoting healthy exercise habits.

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NYC spared the worst during storm

Plows make their way up First Avenue on Monday as New York braced for the worst. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Plows make their way up First Avenue on Monday as New York braced for the worst. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Despite the dire predictions for a “potentially historic” blizzard that was expected to drop at least two feet of snow on the city this week, New York was spared most of Juno’s wrath in the recent storm, with a paltry 10 inches recorded in Central Park by Tuesday.

Without knowing beforehand that their preparations were mostly for naught however, area residents and politicians alike prepared for the worst. Local grocery stores could not be reached for comment on the state of their inventory ahead of the storm on Monday, but the Trader Joe’s on Sixth Avenue at West 22nd Street, packed on a regular day, had a line just to get into the store throughout the afternoon. An employee herding people in slowly said that it was about a five to 10 minute wait just to make it inside. Most likely due to the subway’s closure, many stores in the area weren’t open on Tuesday morning but some, including Trader Joe’s and Home Depot, had makeshift signs in the window early Tuesday afternoon noting that they would be opening later in the day.

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