NYC digs out from monster snowstorm; elementary students back in-person Wednesday

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York City elementary schools are set to resume in-person learning Wednesday and outdoor dining resumed Tuesday afternoon as the city digs out from a monster snowstorm.

Above ground subway service resumed with delays Tuesday following a marathon nor’easter that dumped more than a foot of snow on the Tri-State area.

Some restaurants left their heaters on to melt snow, while others removed the roofs of their structures, fearing they might collapse under the weight of the snow. At one location on the Upper East Side, the 17 inches of snow that fell were too much for the outdoor tent.

“If any restaurant owner has a concern that there may have been damaged and they need an inspection to check, they can call 311 and we’ll get that to them right away,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Many eateries are holding on for dear life with with indoor dining still on pause for another two weeks, and this type of thing is a crushing blow.

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Bike lanes are also a priority, and workers are making progress. Still, officials are asking anyone shoveling to pay attention to where they put the snow.

“If you can, try to not pile that snow that you’re shoveling from your from the walkway into the bike lane,” Sanitation Commissioner Edward Grayson said. “That would help us out.”

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Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York remained closed Tuesday, another “traditional snow day” with no remote learning. Archdiocese high schools operate independently, so high school families need to follow instructions from their individual schools.

The city canceled all scheduled COVID-19 vaccinations for Monday and Tuesday, with hopes of resuming Wednesday.

“Last thing we want to do is to urge our seniors to come out in the middle of a storm like this,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. “It doesn’t make sense.”

The city continues to rely on New Yorkers to stay off the roads as they dig out.

“Give everyone in the Sanitation Department the ability to do their job by staying out of their way,” de Blasio said. “It’s overwhelming…all over the five boroughs New Yorkers are heeding that call, they’re staying home, they’re staying off the streets. That’s good. Keep doing it until this is all over.”

As for MTA buses, they are running on a reduced schedule Tuesday, operating at 75% of normal service.

Commuters are urged to give themselves extra time if they have to head out.

Alternate side parking has been suspended for the rest of the week.

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