Wicked storm packs snow, wind in NYC

December 15, 2010 11:21:54 AM PST
It's Sunday in Manhattan, about as quiet as it gets. But people are still out and about, dealing with the snow and bad road conditions.

Eyewitness News was on the West Side Highway earlier Sunday, where traffic was moving.

City Hall officials say the major streets in New York were in good condition, but admit side roads are bad.

"I started around 10:30 last night and it took an hour to get across the Verrazano, and now another hour and a half to get home," said one man, who worked overnight.

Weekend subway construction was canceled, helping trains run on time. Buses are only slightly delayed, especially on local roads.

The city is hiring emergency snow shovelers. They can make up to $12 an hour, so call 311 for garage locations.

"Everyone is happy, everyone is excited saying snow in New York City. Pretty soon they'll be sledding down Broadway," said one resident, dressed in a Santa suit.

Mayor Bloomberg says schools will be open Monday, and this weekend city children will get a hand from the Parks Department, which will provide hot chocolate and sleds at some locations.

Alternate side of the street parking is suspended Monday for snow removal.

Garbage and recycling pickups are suspended until at least Tuesday.