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January 18, 2021
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Winter Wonderland

By Lisa M. Collins
Snow, ice, snow at Carroll Park
Photo by Joshua Kristal

Thursday, Jan. 27: Fort Greene Park was the place to be for South Brooklynites on Thursday. With all that powder–19 inches, adding to the layer of ice/snow leftover from the Dec. 26 blizzard–the park was a winter wonderland. Tons of families were out sledding, and making snow forts, snowmen and snow angels.

Lots of folks get confused about how easy is it to get to Fort Greene Park. Just jump on the G train heading toward Church Street (on Manhattan-bound F train side). Second stop, get off at Fulton Street, and you are two blocks from the park. The sledding hill is to the left of the tennis courts. It’s a quick, easy trip.

Otherwise, Thursday was rough for walking, especially as the night wore on. Streets are slushy and you don’t want to be out without waterproof shoes. I dunked my tennis shoe into a thick puddle, thinking it was firm, and was not happy walking home with a cold, wet foot.

Schools were closed Thursday but unless the skies open up with white overnight, they’re expected to be open on Friday.

At a Carroll Gardens Association meeting Wednesday night, City Councilman Brad Lander addressed the snow debacle over the holiday. He said that after many meetings and interviews and grilling of top city officials, he thinks a lot of what happened during “snow gate” back on Dec. 26, and the failure to clean it up, had to do with Christmas. Workers and supervisors and city leaders alike were taking a holiday and celebrating with their families. Supervisors didn’t want to call in the troops for a storm that wasn’t forecasted to be all that bad.

That said, people died due to the failure of 311 and 911, Lander said, including a man in Windsor Terrace who suffered for hours before dying slowly of heart failure when the ambulances couldn’t get to him.

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