Blizzard Blasts Forest Hills

Snow snarls transportation, smothers surface roads.

, the snow started falling early Sunday morning and began to accumulate quickly. While Forest Hills residents enjoyed the post-Christmas holiday, some residents, did not have the luxury of a day off and made a frigid commute to work.

"I'm just getting off of work," said Bobby Wood, who works as a doorman at the local Majestic housing apartments. Wood also said while waiting for the bus en route to Glendale that he plans to continue going to work no matter the fall of snow.  "It's a little messy, but we're New Yorkers, we just roll with the punches."

When wind and snow started picking up, standing outside waiting for buses became unbearable, and commuters began improvising by waiting inside the local Chase bank on the corner of 71 Street and Continental Avenue in packs.

Others, like Forest Hills resident David Chan, began walking toward their destination.

"It sucks," Chan said, wearing a Yankees cap, trying to protect himself from gusting winds. "[It's] a lot more [than I expected]," he said, as he assumed there would be limited flurries.

The snow is likely to cause a messy morning commute.

All public and private schools are closed in observation of the holiday for the remainder of the week, but it hasn't stopped a group of neighborhood kids from clamoring to the grounds and playing a game of football.

Area highways appeared too daunting for most New Yorkers, and Walt Hoy hopes that the roads will be prepared for his trip to Westchester to visit family.

"Hopefully the bridge and tunnels are clear for me," Hoy said. "I don't know, by the time I get home it gets better, if not then we will see where we go from there, call in sick or whatever."   

Canchita December 27, 2010 at 02:38 AM
I came out of the subway at 7:30 tonight at 75th Avenue. The stairs leading to the street were totally covered in so much snow I could barely make out the steps. I wonder whose responsibility it is to clean them?
Zach Haberman December 27, 2010 at 03:29 AM
I believe the city's Department of Sanitation takes care of that, Karen.
Renata JELITO December 27, 2010 at 01:38 PM
We live on Metropolitan Ave and Lefferts Blvd. We have 4 buses stranded on Metropolitan it's impossiable to go anywhere.
Fern E Cohen December 27, 2010 at 02:10 PM
I am disabled with 24-hour home health care. My day aide went home last night and almost didn't get there. My night aide made it in, and is staying here because the day aide can't get here from her home in Jamaica. I am very fortunate, but there are patients whose aides can't get to them and they may have to go to the hospital -- that is, if the ambulances and ambulettes can get through.
Monica Sandu December 30, 2010 at 05:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT7djYZwU14 THIS is what I had to see !! This is what u get NY Sanitation, for slacking off and NOT giving us salt when we needed it - aka the day before !!


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