While most people have bounced back after snowstorm Hercules, we may be seeing some more snow showers in the near future. We’ve decided to give you a quick rundown on how New York battles the snow differently than most places: from snow removal, to street parking, so that you can be prepared for the next storm!
If you’re not one to shovel your sidewalk, you could be facing some serious trouble. New York laws require homeowners to clear snow from the public sidewalk in front of their house, as well any pathways on their property that lead to their mailbox. Also, New York holds private homeowners civilly liable for others' injuries incurred by falling in areas that have been shoveled! Make sure to get out there and shovel, or find a willing teenager to do it for you!
Ever wonder why your trash doesn’t get picked up during a snowstorm? That’s because the Department of Sanitation transforms their garbage trucks into truck plows. Also, some of their trucks are modified to be able to spread snow salt. The DSNY categorizes and services roadways in the following order: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary streets. To see what your street classifies as, click here.
When the Transportation Commissioner declares a state of snow emergency, no one is allowed to stand or park a vehicle on any street designated as a “snow street.” This restriction continues until the Transportation Commissioner declares the prohibition of such standing or parking over. Also, when a state of snow emergency is declared, no one is allowed to operate a vehicle on a snow street.