Borough blasted by blizzard

TUESDAY MORNING TRAVEL UPDATES: Subways are running with delays in all directions.

The 7 train has restored service but will be making all local stops.

The Metro-North will be operating on either a Saturday or enhanced weekend schedule.

LIRR passenger service remains suspended on all branches except Huntington, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma and Babylon branches, which are operating very limited service.

166th Street-bound Q15 bus from Roosevelt Avenue. left turn on Union Street, right turn on Northern Boulevard, left turn on 150th Street, then regular route.

Main Street-bound Q15 bus from 150th Street, right turn on Northern Boulevard, left turn on Union Street, right turn on Roosevelt Avenue.

LGA-bound Q48 bus from Roosevelt Avenue,right turn on 126th Street, left turn on Northern Boulevard, right turn on 108th Street, then regular route.

Main Street-bound Q48 bus – from 108th Street, left turn on Northern Boulevard, right turn on 126th Street, left turn onto Roosevelt Avenue, then regular route.

Queens Plaza-bound Q67 bus regular route to Borden Avenue, right onto Vandam Street, left turn onto Hunters Point Avenue, then regular route.

Metropolitan Avenue-bound Q67 bus continue on Hunters Point Avenue, right onto Vandam Street, left onto Borden Avenue, then regular route.

60th Lane and Cooper Avenue-bound Q39 bus from Jackson Ave at Queens Boulevard, left turn at Thompson Ave to Queens Boulevard, right at 58th Street, then regular route.

Queens Plaza-bound Q39 bus to 58th Street and Queens Boulevard, left onto Thompson Avenue, left at Jackson Avenue to 21st Street, right on 21st St to Queens Plaza South, right onto Queens Plaza, then regular route.

Westbound Q36 bus run on Jamaica Avenue, right on Springfield Boulevard, left on Hillside, then regular route.

Eastbound Q83 bus will terminate at Springfield Boulevard.

Both directions, there is no Q72 bus service from Rego Park to LaGuardia Airport.

Northbound Q65 bus service last stop on College Point Boulevard at 28th Avenue.

College Point-bound Q25 bus from 130th Street, right onto 20th Avenue.

Southbound Q23 bus service will continue straight on Ditmars Boulevard to a right on 108th Street, right on Astoria Boulevard then regular route.

There is no limited bus service in Queens; all limited buses are making local stops.For up to the minute information, click here.

Alternate side parking and meter regulations have been suspended today for snow removal.

FDNY UPDATE: Because of the severe weather, responses were significantly delayed in some instances. Currently, over 1,300 EMS calls are backlogged and dozens of ambulances have faced delays after getting stuck in snow drifts or behind abandoned vehicles. The majority of these calls are non-life threatening and 911 operators contact callers every hour to make sure symptoms have not worsened.

FDNY reminds all New Yorkers to please reserve 911 only for serious emergencies so that those who need ambulances the most are able to get the care they need in a timely fashion. FDNY is working closely with the Department of Sanitation and other city agencies to help get through and continue responding to calls.

FDNY EMS has operated additional ambulance tours since the start of the storm. The Department also placed a fifth firefighter on all 198 of its engine companies (nearly half of all responses by fire engines are to medical calls).

UPDATE: Department of Sanitation (DOS) spokesperson Keith Mellis said the order of operations, as in any snowstorm, is arterial highways and primary streets, then secondary and tertiary.

“The problem we’ve encountered in this storm,” he said, “is that people brought their cars out into the street, got stuck, then abandoned them.”

“We’ve been covering the whole borough with the same manpower we usually do,” including 365 salt spreaders and 1,700 pieces of equipment with plows.DOS employees have been working two split shifts,

12 hours each.

The cost of the cleanup is not known yet.

The DOS is alerting Queens residents to not throw their snow into the street, but rather leave it on the curb.

They are also looking for snow laborers to help clean cross walks, bus stops, etc., and for contractors with equipment to help clean streets. Call 3-1-1 for further information.

UPDATE: At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed problems such as 9-1-1 backlogs, and the passengers stranded on the “A” train for seven hours.

However, he did say “the city goes on. . . the world has not come to an end,” and he encouraged people to take mass transit through Tuesday.



After getting slammed with nearly two feet of snow, New York City was struggling to emerge from its cold white blanket Monday morning.

Despite sanitation crews working round the clock, there are still mass transit delays and interruptions and drivers are encouraged to stay off roads.

Luckily, all schools were closed for the winter recess.

Alternate side parking rules and meters have been suspended for the day

In a statement, Mayor Bloomberg said New York City government will remain open, “but of course we understand that many will face travel obstacles.”

As of 11:15 AM Monday, 3,500 customers in Queens lost power, primarily in Glen Oak and Flushing, according to Con Edison spokesperson D. Joy Saber.

UPDATE: Con Edison reported approximately 5,300 customers out of power in New York City and Westchester County as of 1 p.m. today. The remaining customer outages include about 2,300 in Queens and 3,000 in Westchester County. In all, the storm affected approximately 10,000 customers.

The company expects to restore service to nearly all of its Westchester County customers by 5 a.m. Tuesday and to nearly all of its Queens customers by 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Saber said that they are working on getting crews out to repair and restore service as soon as the streets are cleared out and anticipates power to return later this evening or early tomorrow.

The MTA reported good service on the Throgs Neck, Henry Hudson, Marine Parkway, Bronx-Whitestone, Brookly-Battery, Queens Midtown, Robert F. Kennedy, Cross Bay and Verrazano-Narrows bridges and tunnels.

In terms of buses, northbound Q65 bus service between Highland Avenue and Hillside Avenue will be detoured; Q65 will continue straight on Parsons Boulevard make a right onto Highland Avenue to 164th Street, then it’s regular route.

Southbound Q23 bus service between Ditmars Boulevard and Astoria Boulevard will be detoured; Q23 will continue straight on Ditmars Boulevard to a right on 108th Street, right on Astoria Boulevard then it’s regular route.

There is no limited bus service in Queens; all limited buses are making local stops.

The MTA told riders to “please expect delays in bus service at this time.”

Due to a train with mechanical problems at the 33rd Street-Rawson Station, train service is suspended between the Flushing-Main Street station and the Times Square-42nd Street station.

Due to inclement weather, A train service is suspended between the Euclid Avenue Station and the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station in both directions.

There is no Q train service between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Station and Dekalb Avenue Station in both directions at this time.

There is no N train service between the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and the 59th Street Station in both directions at this time.

All LIRR service has been suspended and the most of Metro-North service is suspended as well, with the exception of Pascack Valley and Port Jervis operating on an enhanced weekend schedule.

UPDATE: Metro-North service has resumed on an enhanced weekend schedule except for lines going into Wassaic and Waterbury, which remain suspended

For the latest in MTA service,

Assemblymember Mike Miller said “There’s a lot of snow. We’re trying to do the best we can . . . we’re manning the phones so people can report problems. There are still some blocks not plowed, and we’re trying to get them done.”

In his own backyard in Glendale, he measured a little over 20 inches