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Posted by Nate Goldman on Wednesday, November 20th 2019:

It is that time of the year again, when (for those of us not living in Florida, or other warm areas with no snow), we start preparing for winter, and especially for dealing with large amounts of snow. Although I don't remember the blizzard of 1947, my Uncle told me about it. I remember other large snowfalls in Brooklyn during the 1960's. At those times, the schools closed, and it was very quiet outside, because of very limited vehicular traffic on the roads, as well as no overhead commercial aircraft. There were some ambitious young business people in my neighborhood, who would make money shoveling snow. Other people would build snowmen, or use their sleighs. I remember seeing the NYC Dept. of Sanitation, with their gigantic snow removal equipment on Coney Island Avenue. They had a gigantic truck, with a very large device, which must have been about 35 feet high. It propelled the snow into another truck which hauled it away. One time, I had to shovel our family car, out of its parking spot on Avenue H. It must have been in at least twelve inches of snow. It was not easy shoveling all of that snow, and it must have taken several hours. Also, in those days, NYC was very strict about clearing one's sidewalk, after a snowfall. However, we never had any local blackouts, because all of the electrical lines were underground. The only thing that I don't like about snow, is driving in it, or becoming stuck in it. Does anybody have any memories of past snowfalls in Brooklyn?

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