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Posted by Nate Goldman on Tuesday, January 22nd 2019:

In Reply to: SNOWFALLS IN BROOKLYN, NY posted by Nate Goldman on Sunday, January 13th 2019:

Barry, as I stated earlier, it was so quiet in Brooklyn, when we had those large snowfalls. There were no cars racing in the streets, and it was like living in the country, with the lack of noise. A lot of kids made extra money shoveling snow. I remember one time, digging out our families' 1951 Buick Special, following a large snowfall. There must have been 10-12 inches of snow on that car. It took me a few hours to dig that car out. There is absolutely no way that I would be able to do so today. In 1966, we used a small corded electric snow blower. Here, in Ohio, I used a corded snow blower for over twenty years on my driveway. I never liked using an electric cord, as it would constrain movements. One time, I used that snow blower in the dark, and accidentally ran over the cord, severing it. I had to buy a new cord, and the electric corded snow blower had no power. The, I decided to buy a dual cycle gas snow blower. I used it for a few winters, but I didn't like working with gasoline, as I've always used electric lawn movers. The gas snow blower was powerful, and self propelled, but it was very bulky to operate. In any event, I'm considering buying a cordless self propelled electric snow blower. Getting back to Brooklyn, the coldest winter that I remember was the bitterly cold winter of 1962-63, when the temperature went down to zero degrees. We thought that was a record. However, it wasn't until I moved to Ohio, that I learned how cold it can get in the winter. Here, it has not been uncommon for the temperature to go down to 20 degrees below zero. Once it gets that cold, I really can't tell the difference. Of course, we don't have to worry about oil deliveries by oil trucks for heat, as is the case in Brooklyn I(although gas heat is also used). I remember in Brooklyn during the 1940's seeing coal trucks delivering coal to apartment buildings through chutes. I don't think that is done any longer. Another thing that I remember during the bitterly cold winters in Brooklyn, was that the old subway cars provided plenty of heat.

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