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Snowbound in Flatbush

Well, we ain't going nowhere for awhile, I guess...because this is our street, Marlborough Road in "Victorian Flatbush," the heart of Brooklyn...48 hours after the snow began in the Great Post-Christmas Blizzard of 2010. Virgin drifts not only clogged our sidestreet (presumably one of the "secondary" or even "tertiary" ones that Mr. Bloomberg has advised to wait patiently for the plows)...they clogged the major cross-street. But more on that in a minute.


Here's another shot looking down to Church Avenue. A plow came by as the first flakes fell on Sunday, but since then...nothing. No ambulance or fire truck could reach us if needed.


Church Avenue itself was a slushy mess barely passable by a conga line of idling trucks. Pedestrians, even ones with canes, gamely clambered over the unplowed mountains to cross the street.

The faux coconuts adorning our local Cambodian temple were a poignant nod to distant tropics.


At the other end of our block, incredibly, we found more unplowed misery. Our stretch of Caton Avenue is definitely "primary"--a heavily trafficked truck corridor between Fort Hamilton Parkway to the west and Linden Boulevard to the east. But today it lay untouched under four-foot drifts. Here, at least, Bloomberg's excuse--abandoned cars blocking the plows--was in evidence, and then some: On our very corner, we found a mini-disaster area!

Yes, that's an incinerated taxicab. We smelled something burning last night, and figured (naturally, this being the Crazy Stable) that our basement was on fire. We never thought "outside" because we never heard sirens--the car must have burned up unimpeded by any emergency personnel. Thank God no one seemed to have been inside. As we looked on, the owner of the white car stood nearby in horror at the collateral damage to her Nissan.

Behind it, a semi, a van and an Access-a-Ride bus were all mired. Both the truck driver and bus driver had been sitting in their vehicles for more than 24 hours, and they were still there at 3 p.m. today. Tuesday. In the middle of Brooklyn...at the end of the world. Here's the video.


You know, I was a kid during the "Lindsay blizzard" in the 60's; we lived up in the hills of Little Neck, where the snowbound thing went on for days. It seemed magical to me as a kid. Now I understand why my parents couldn't get in on the fun. As for Bloomberg, he's right that a lot of numbskulls have ditched their cars in the streets; but it's a Catch-22, since the tow trucks can't reach these guys unless the streets are plowed. Somebody's screwing up big-time, because in almost 25 years here (including 2 snowstorms rated worse than this one), we've never been this abandoned.

UPDATE: The plow came through at 3 a.m. Wednesday, and I think we heard tow trucks hauling off the casualties; now suiting up to face digging out the driveway. Oh, and--as of 1 p.m., the abandoned semi was STILL THERE, blocking all traffic on Caton Avenue without a cop or detour sign in sight; plows came near it under the eye of a Dept. of Sanitation superviser-type fellow in a DOS sedan, then backed away.

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Reader Comments (2)

Love the coconuts & the pics & video. You know I haven't been out to see it firsthand.

My block is also the LaBrea Tarpits with 3 cars stuck & abandoned in the middle of the street. I'm so pissed that the owners, who were so determined that they stupidly drove up our unplowed street, don't get over here with a shovel & dig their damn machines out!
December 28, 2010 at 07:01PM | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Happy New Year.
January 1, 2011 at 01:52PM | Unregistered CommenterJenn

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