Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2010
Hello People of the World! Hope you are doing great. Already it is 2011 in places like Australia. Happy New Year to you. For the rest of us we have a few more hours to go before 2011 and we need it. We need it to just wrap some things up and put them out of our lives so we can enter the new year as light as a feather. At the time of writing this we have about 9 hours to go. I have made my way into Manhattan and to take some pictures of Times Square. This is the center of the world. This is where you want to be on New Year’s Eve 2010. Nobody can throw a party like New York City. Make sure you put this on your bucket list. For me, there is absolutely no greater place to be on a day like this. Hope you will be joining us later on tonight as the ball drops and we say hello to 2011. Enjoy the pictures. These were taken between 1:30pm and 2:00pm. If you are coming, hurry up. The good spots are filling up fast. Take the subway as streets are already blocked off. Please leave your comments. Enjoy!
Happy New Year!
NYPD on the job
Where Is Everybody?
Are You Still Coming?
Happy New Year 2011
We’re Waiting For You
If you are not in New York City and you are getting a better picture of what’s going on with the snow removal, please leave a comment. So, as you can see from the earlier entry, the city is still under snow. Brooklyn and Staten Island seemed to have been the hardest hit. As per the Department of Sanitation (DOS), they were to have plowed ever street by 7 am this morning. Well, as you might have guessed, the goal was not reached. Meanwhile, the trucks are busy clearing the snow from Times Square. Wouldn’t it be funny if people cannot get from their house to Times Square on New Year’s Eve, which is tomorrow night. Somebody is forgetting that over 2 million people live in Brooklyn alone. Anyway, we just hope the DOS will get to Brooklyn and the other boroughs before the next snowfall or the next blizzard. More pictures will be added later this evening. Make sure you keep coming back. Oh! I will be putting up a few ebooks very soon. Please watch for those. Mayor Bloomberg will have a lot of questions to ask his DOS chief behind closed doors.
Can’t Dig Out of This
As you can see from the pictures, Brooklyn is still covered under snow. Brooklyn has been hardest hit and there is clearly a preference given to Manhattan. For three days no plow came on my street. When it came yesterday around noon, it just scraped the top so there is still about 12inches of snow left on the street. None of the vehicles can dig out because there is no place to put the snow and no place to go. Walking is like navigating an obstacle course. Slipping and sliding is the order of the day even with good snow boots. The pictures were taken on my way to the subway station. People were walking in the middle of the streets and cars were crawling at about 5 miles per hour so as not to hit anyone. Enough is enough. The snow is blinding and people are so fed up they are not even making snowmen. As I am writing this, the Department of Sanitation (DOS) Commissioner is on the street saying basically that the DOS is doing their best in getting the streets plowed and the snow removed. As per Commissioner Doherty, the DOS has 2235 trucks in their fleet. It was reported that only 1700 trucks were out with plows on them. The Commissioner said there were more. The New York Times said the DOS workers were on a go slow which explains the snowy mess on the streets of Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Everybody is blaming the storm, but it seemed that the city was just not ready. If you are coming to New York City for the New Year’s Eve celebration, you can come. Manhattan is really cleaned up and the temperature will be great. Let’s hope we can get from Brooklyn to join the party.
Say it aint snow
No place to go
The firing of Mike Singletary, the San Francisco 49ers football coach, on Sunday with one game left to play was shocking to say the least. It is a sad thing in sports when the team does badly the coach gets fired. This does not mean the coach is not responsible for the team, but the truth is that even with the best laid plans and the best coaches in each sport, when it comes to game time, it’s the players on the field. They have to put into the game all the things the coach taught them in practice time. If players drop catches, don’t play to their full potential, don’t hold unto the ball, is that the fault of the coach? What’s a coach to do? Look at Dallas Cowboys? Just a few weeks ago they were dead in the water and look at the calibre of coach they had. The they fire the coach and look at the turn-around. It’s the same players who were dropping balls. Is it the new coach or is it that if the players are not “for” the coach they can really make life difficult? That’s one to think about. Oh, make no mistake about it, Mike Singletary is not the last domino to fall, and those armchair coaches who will step into these positions better be careful what they say now, because they could meet the same fate sometime in the future.
What A Difference A Day Makes!
Snowfall totals in New York City is always an amazing statistic. To fully grasp the amount of snow on the ground you really have to go outside and try walking even 10 steps. It is almost impossible. This snowstorm of December 2010 just too much to handle. Snow is everywhere and there is just nowhere to put it. The news reported that Elizabeth, New Jersey had 31 inches of snowfall. Central Park, New York City had 20 inches. I just did a foot tour of my neighborhood and below are some pictures which will tell the story. I saw vehicles turned opposite directions in the middle of the street, people even in SUV’s were having a hard time getting out of the snow, and tertiary streets are all but forgotten. Snow plows are not even in the vicinity. This snowfall total is high, but as we have seen it is not a record, and believe me, this is the slowest response by the city to clean up the snow. Snow is knee deep in every area. On the main street where the snow plow has passed through, the snow is pushed to the sidewalk, creating massive mounds of snow, and pedestrians are forced into the street to walk and also to wait for the bus. This snowfall has created a monster mess and New Yorkers can only hope we will not have a repeat of this. Well, everything is not all doom and gloom. New Yorkers are up and about and are trying their best to get to work or places of business. Some are walking for miles because there is no bus and some subways are running only part of their routes. By the way, these pictures were taken by a cellphone around 1p.m. and as you can see, the snow plows are still to come down the back streets. Hopefully, tomorrow we will see different pictures.
Main Street cleared of some snow
No Snow Plow Yet!