In New York City, where total snowfall ranged widely – four inches on Staten Island, 8.3 inches in Manhattan, 13.1 inches in Queens – life was largely back to normal on Sunday, if it’s colder.
Under sunny skies, New Yorkers jogged through plowed sidewalks and drove across cleared roads while children took their sledges to Central Park. Despite the sun, temperatures remained cool, although the wind was milder compared to the sharp gusts on Saturday.
New York City seemed to have escaped the worst effects of the winter storm. But on Long Island, which was hit by up to two feet of snow in some areas, at least two residents died while trying to shovel snow Saturday: In Belmont Circle, Nassau County police officers found a 53-year-old man lying in the snow with a shovel next to him, and a 75-year-old man collapsed in Syosset while clearing a road. Also, a woman in Nassau County was found dead in her car early Saturday; the police investigated.
Many on Long Island chose to venture out on Sundays instead of tooting inside. In Elmont, Munir Ozigi, 19, saw an opportunity in the fresh snow. At Nextdoor, a social media app where neighbors can share information, he offered to shovel snow at anyone’s homes for $ 80 to $ 120. By the afternoon, Mr. Ozigi had already been called to three cities and earned hundreds of dollars within hours.
“I’m sacrificing my back and my youth,” Mr Ozigi said with a laugh. “I was thinking a little bit about what I could do to take advantage of this blizzard, and it came to me like, ‘Oh, I can make some money, and I’m a young guy with a shovel. Why not?'”
In Stoughton, the mood was equally light, and the residents seemed determined not to let the storm dictate all weekend. A man was seen wading to his mailbox all the way in the snow to start clearing a path. At Olivio’s Grill & Pizzeria, business was stable in the morning when Yves Urio, 30, manager, wrote down several takeaway orders. “Pizza and wings, that’s all we sell today,” he said.
Members of Stoughton’s police and fire department rejoiced over their snowfall victory. On Saturday, they were joking on social media, discussing legends with other cities about which one would see the biggest snowdrifts. But before long, Chief Carroll said, “everyone jumped on board” to comment online. Sunday morning, the Stoughton Police Department wrote on Facebook, “Today we wake up like champions !!”