95th street in the snow: a live blog experience

I’ve never done a live-blog and it seemed like tonight, given the snowy extremes, that I would have the opportunity.

7:13 p.m.: I return home from errands (a trip to Gristedes where they were disappointingly out of Kix…not even a spot on the shelf for them), shake the snow out of my hood and call my mom back. Walk to the window and take a look at 95th street. The ground is covered with snow.

7:15 p.m.: A guy in a black car is hanging out on 95th street (between 3rd and Lex for those who were wondering). He seems to have given up on the slight incline. Actually, he might be parking.

7:17 p.m.: The parker gets out of his car and locks it (the lights flashed, that’s how I could tell). He’s about 2 feet from the curb.

7:18 p.m.: A DHL van pulls onto 95th. A cab follows.

7:19 p.m.: The parker gets back into his car, rolls about 4 feet from his initial spot and stops. Another cab pulls onto 95th.

7:20 p.m.: The DHL van is stuck. Cabbie #2 tries to push the DHL van. He is unsuccessful. No one is surprised.

7:24 p.m.: Someone took pity on the parker and is now waving him out of the “spot” and onto 3rd Avenue. Success.

7:27 p.m.: Cabbie #2 backs down 95th onto 3rd. He manages not to hit a Jeep, despite swerving towards it.

7:29 p.m.: The DHL van is still stuck. An SUV pulls up behind the cab (whose flashers are on) and apparently decides not to wait for the situation to resolve itself. SUV pulls onto the sidewalk and continues to use it as a lane of traffic. My entire New York existence has just been validated. Pedestrians duck out of the way. SUV pulls onto Lex…but not before I managed to get a picture of it.

7:33 p.m.: A delivery guy on a bike gets my sympathy. He also gets my praise–he managed to bike up 95th (past the cab and the still stuck DHL van).

7:35 p.m.: A Porsche races onto 95th but is stopped by the DHL van and cab (which I’ll admit, I kind of hoped it would hit…calm down, it didn’t). DHL and Cabbie #1 decide to back it down, forcing the Porsche down as well. Cab chooses to follow the SUV’s tracks and pulls up next to the van–half sidewalk/half street. DHL/cab pass is complete.

7:36 p.m.: The Porsche manages to back into a driveway to let the DHL van pass. DHL lucks out with a red light and backs onto 3rd. Cab makes it onto Lex.

7:37 p.m.: Porsche finally makes it to Lex but hits a red light. Light changes and Porsche guns it through the intersection, gets slowed slightly about halfway between Lex and Park, finally makes it to Park.

I may just spend the rest of my night staring out the window. I’d go outside and enjoy the snow, but the SUV clearly illustrated the danger in that plan.

*note: pictures are on the way for this blog…small and a little blurry, but they should still be worth the wait.*


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