(Contributed reporting in Prospect Heights Patch)
Updated as of December 29, 9 a.m.:
The year’s biggest snowstorm blew through Prospect Heights on Sunday night, but now, Tuesday afternoon, roads still remain unplowed and public transportation is messy and slow.
On Vanderbilt Avenue, only one lane in each direction has been plowed, forcing cars to inch along the thoroughfare. Carlton Avenue has been fully plowed, along with Washington Avenue, but so far it looks like the side streets have not been touched.
Most businesses have re-opened today, and residents and landlords have done their part in shoveling and icing sidewalks and stoops. Still, many cars remain abandoned, buried under inches of snow. According to one eyewitness, livery drivers are capitalizing on people’s desperation to get to their destinations, picking up multiple passengers and charging them reduced fares.
A few pranksters have left their mark on Prospect Heights. A large snowman bearing a scarf, a carrot nose — and a fake summons for an open container – in front of a stuck plow truck on St. Johns Place approaching Franklin Avenue. One person walking by asked if it was a recreation of Tiananmen Square – when a Chinese tank was halted by a defiant citizen in 1989. Locals walking by keep adding to the snowman, laughing while commiserating on how the snow has brought the streets to halt. The snowman has a twin, standing next to a stranded bus, on Bergen and Bedford avenues in Crown Heights.
“You know you’re (expletive deleted) when the plowtruck gets stuck,” was overheard from a resident walking his dog on Franklin Avenue at St. Johns Place.
Huge snowballs “the size of a boulder” were spotted by Patch reporter H’Rina DeTroy at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue, and at St. Johns Place and Underhill Avenue.
Some residents who left their cars to chance in the snow weren’t so lucky, as yesterday a snowplow fishtailed and smashed into two cars on St. Johns Place and Washington.
Overall, the consensus was that the city could have done a better job.
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