Winter Storm Stella wasn’t the big blizzard that all of New York City feared it would be but it was a messy mix of snow, sleet, and heavy winds that has city agencies still struggling to clean up. Frigid temperatures quickly turned the streets and sidewalks of New York into dangerous sheets of ice and despite noble efforts, the city just couldn’t clear the paths quick enough.
Snow plows pushed snow onto parked cars creating a nightmare for anyone who needed to shovel themselves out on Wednesday morning, simply because the snow was no longer soft and manageable. Instead, people found themselves fighting with hard, solid mountains of ice. Even some of the MTA’s busiest subway stations weren’t cleared enough to make things easy for commuters.
A set of stairs at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle station looked as if they were completely forgotten while in the Bronx, passengers looking to enter the Tremont Avenue station on the D line were better off sliding down then trying to conquer the dangerously slick steps. The bus stations and sidewalks in many neighborhoods weren’t any better leading to dozens of complaints across various social media platforms.
The Department of Sanitation, MTA, and Department of Sanitation continue to work towards removing ice from the city’s passageways but with frigid temperatures sticking around for the next few days, it may not be an easy task.
If you come across any areas that are in extremely poor condition, report it to 311 as soon as possible.