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NYC braces for Tuesday snow flurries, chilly weather

Plus, the 9/11 Tribute Museum may close its doors—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

NYC is bracing for what could be the season’s first light snow.
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NYC braces for snow flurries and frigid temps

Winter is officially more than a month away, but New Yorkers may be in for a rude awakening this week with wind chills that could bring temperatures into the single digits. New York City issued a snow alert for Tuesday with the National Weather Service predicting light morning rain that could transition into snow around noon. For those clinging to the remnants of fall, now is likely the time to admit defeat and break out the scarves and gloves.

Only a mere tenth of an inch of snow is possible for the Big Apple, but the Sanitation Department’s commissioner, Kathryn Garcia, told reporters Monday that the city is taking the forecasted flurry seriously after a November storm caught the city off guard, snarling commutes across the five boroughs.

“There are really significant transitions that can happen in weather. It can go from very innocuous to significant,” Garcia said Monday. In preparation for the dusting, the city will have a team of 4,300 people, 725 salt spreaders, and 318,000 tons of salt at the ready. The city’s fleet of 1,600 snow plows will hit the streets if more than two inches accumulates.

And in other news...

  • Another office tower is set to rise in Hudson Square through a partnership with Trinity Real Estate—the latest project to sprout from Trinity Church’s significant Manhattan presence.
  • After a three-year hiatus, the Zagat survey of New York City’s restaurants is back in print.
  • The 9/11 Tribute Museum, recently dwarfed by the World Trade Center’s better-known memorial, may soon shutter.
  • Lyft pulled Citi Bike’s electric two wheelers in April, and seven months later, they remain MIA. Lyft insists the bikes are coming back this fall, but now San Francisco is set to receive their electric bikes from Lyft before New York City’s e-Citi Bikes return to the streets.
  • A man was arrested after scaling the architecturally distinct Jean Nouvel-designed 100 Eleventh Avenue in Chelsea.
  • And, finally, here’s a bodega cat that truly embodies this week’s Tuesday morning vibe: