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The Downtown Alliance is Tackling the Snow

January 24, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email
As you know, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for New York City and surrounding areas. It started at noon today and will last until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.
The alert forecasts 8-12 inches of snow, wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour and wind chills as low as 10 below zero.

The Alliance for Downtown New York is already on the streets. Working with the city and local businesses and residents, our 56-member sanitation crew is prepared to tackle the snow in several phases. As the snow began to fall throughout the district, they spread snowmelt at crosswalks, bus stops, subway entrances and exits, and sidewalks near vacant lots (the snowmelt is environmentally friendly and does not erode concrete). As the snow accumulates, the teams are deploying “billy goats” — mechanized sweeping machines that brush the snow aside. Next, come the shovels for heavier snow. After that, snow blowers are revved up to cut through dense piles. The Alliance even has a snow plow, which we use to clear snow blocking corners at intersections.

Our Downtown Connection bus service will remain in operation throughout the storm, and we will continue removing snow at bus stops along the routes.  The Downtown Alliance will also respond to complaints, dispatching teams to tackle problems as they develop.

We ask that everyone use caution when walking outside and encourage local businesses and residents to help make sure the sidewalks in front of your properties remain clear.

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