Turns out, the so-called “bomb cyclone” storm—also known as Winter Storm Grayson—was not overhyped. Late this morning, some five hours after the storm first hit, whiteout conditions dominated the landscape, major avenues were still covered in snow, icy wind whipped furiously around corners, and the city, as it always does on days like this, felt slow, empty, and quiet.
Of course, not everyone had the ability or the inclination to stay inside. Delivery persons on bicycles, mail carriers, construction workers, the DSNY and Parks Department plow patrol (the latter spotted clearing bike paths in the East Village), and all the foot soldiers in the city’s shovel army were out in force.
Dogs needed walking (and romping), groceries needed getting, and the more adventurous of the sudden snow-day havers poked their heavily-bundled heads outside to marvel at extreme weather.
Here are some photos of the morning, taken in Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, Union Square, and the East Village.