Update, 1/5/17: The winter storm that pummeled the East Coast this week—aka the “bomb cyclone,” aka Winter Storm Grayson—has now passed, but it’s left plenty of messes—on the streets, at airports, and in transit—in New York City.
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a state of emergency in New York City, along with Long Island and Westchester. “We will continue to monitor the storm and have deployed hundreds of assets and personnel across the state and on Long Island, ready to respond and assist impacted communities,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I ask all New Yorkers to stay informed, and continue to prepare for cold and snow.”
The blizzard-like conditions—snow, high winds, and bitter cold—may have passed, but temperatures dropped precipitously tonight, with the wind chill taking it below freezing. The arctic freeze will stick around through the weekend, presenting its own set of challenges.
What does this all mean from a practical, go-about your day standpoint? A whole lot, and we have the full rundown here, from school closures to MTA and airport delays.
We’ll keep updating as the winter storm comes and goes, so be sure to check back to see if anything changes.
Public schools are open
It may be bitterly cold outside, but that doesn’t mean kids get a break today: After yesterday’s day off, public schools are open today. Same goes for NYU, CUNY, and other colleges throughout the city.
Your commute will likely be a mess
While no major changes are in effect on the NYC subway, buses, LIRR, or Metro-North due to the state of emergency, the snow accumulation—and the problems that brings with it—are still impacting service. This morning, there are delays on many subway, bus, and commuter rail lines; the MTA has more details here, and the agencies’ various Twitter accounts will have updates throughout the day.
Expect icy conditions on bridges, too.
Port Authority service, including PATH trains and buses, is also operating on or as close to normal as possible, with updates available on the agency’s website. Amtrak has modified service today; check their site to see which trains will be impacted.
Citi Bike is, somehow, operating as normal.
NYC Ferry service is back on, but with changes
After suspending service yesterday, NYC Ferry service is once again available, though there are service changes. As of 6 a.m., the South Brooklyn and Rockaway routes are not stopping at Sunset Park, Brooklyn Army Terminal, or—on the SB route—Bay Ridge due to wind conditions.
The Staten Island Ferry is operating as normal.
Flights are back on, but check with your carrier
Many flights in and out of New York were suspended yesterday due to high winds and the generally unpleasant conditions we were experiencing. Now, JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark have all resumed service; but given the number of canceled and rebooked flights, there’s a good chance that you’ll have issues if you’re trying to fly in or out today. Check with your airline for updated.
The Port Authority and the MTA have also announced that they’ll offer free service on Friday and Saturday on the Q70 bus between LaGuardia and the 74 St-Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave subway stop.
Alternate side parking is suspended
Don’t try to move your car for the next few days—alternate side parking has been suspended through the weekend, though meter rules will remain in effect.
Trash pick-up is canceled
While the Department of Sanitation is working on spreading salt and other snow-clearance measures, trash pick-up will be canceled.
Fair warning, though: If your car is in the way of a plow or other snow-clearing vehicle, it may well be towed.
Code Blue is still in effect
When the city’s Department of Homeless Services puts Code Blue service into effect, it opens up shelter accommodations to more homeless New Yorkers in need.
Parks and cultural institutions have reopened
Many of the cultural institutions that were closed yesterday have now reopened, but it’s best to check with each spot to ensure they have normal operating hours. City-operated parks are indeed open, but keep an eye on the NYC Parks Twitter account for updates. The High Line has delayed its opening so that the park paths can be cleared; it’ll provide updates on Twitter.
Keep an eye on your heat and hot water
Your first instinct may be to stay indoors and burrow under a blanket, but what if the heat in your apartment isn’t working? Here’s everything you need to know.