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Snow day tips for vertical dwellers: Be nice to the guy with the shovel, and more

By Lucy Cohen Blatter  | March 14, 2017 - 9:29AM

Winter storm Stella is here, and while it looks like the predictions of two feet of snow may not come to fruition, it's clear there will be plenty of it.

You might want to click on over to Notify NYC and subscribe for text, email or phone alerts just in case things get out of hand.

[This post was updated on March 14, 2017.]

Here's the rest of the drill as far as the practicalities--and niceties--of a NYC snow day.


If you live in a NYC apartment building, you're probably off the hook as far as manual labor, since shoveling is included in your maintenance charges/common charges/rent. (Exception: You live in a self-managed co-op/condo where residents are expected to pitch in.)

Even if you don't have to hoist a shovel yourself, it's always nice to offer a warm thank you and perhaps a steaming cup o' joe to the staff battling the elements on your behalf.

"On snow days where the staff spends most of the day outside cleaning, I'll usually buy the guys lunch, and believe me that goes a long way," resident manager Joseph Shkreli told BrickUnderground one recent winter. "It's not the point that they don't have to buy lunch that day. It is the appreciation that they feel that they have received for their hard work."

In possession of your very own brownstone?  If it's a fabulous townhouse with a radiant heated sidewalk with auto snow sensor, you have no problems whatsoever. 

But if you own a regular run-of-the-mill brownstone, remember to shovel and salt appropriately as defined by these city guidelines.  You might also take a moment today to make sure your insurance is up to date. 

"Home insurance will cover you if you are sued by a pedestrian who falls on a sidewalk--even if you didn't fully shovel and salt it," says insurance broker Jeff Schneider of Gotham Brokerage.

Indoor and outdoor etiquette

Tip extra-generously for any deliveries received.

When you take your dog out for an expeditious piece of business, remember that blizzards are no excuse for "forgetting" to clean up after your pooch.  It's also good form to yellow the snow at a respectful distance from your building's awning. Your doorman and neighbors will thank you.

On your way back in, brush the snow off your dog and stamp your boots outside before heading through the lobby.  If you leave your slushy boots outside your front door to dry, bring them in the next day--not next week. 

Wondering whether you still have to pay your nanny if she takes a snow day? The answer is "maybe." (More on that here.

Digging out your car the day after

Alternate side of the street parking is suspended through Sunday, but so is your car if it's buried in snow. If you're lucky enough to find someone else to dig it out, expect to pay around $20-$25 if the snow is still fresh  (the easiest kind to remove) in a medium-sized storm.  Double that if you wait until the snow has hardened into an icy vise around your vehicle.  

No hired help at hand? Try posting on TaskRabbit.  


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