We're assuming you've heard a little something about some snow tomorrow, yes? That's what we thought. Now that you're stocked up on your extra batteries, beverages of choice, and snacks for the next few days, here's what you need to know about shoveling, the open house circuit, etiquette, and staying up-to-date on any announcements that'll otherwise affect your weekend:
- Shoveling: If you live in your own brownstone or townhouse, keep in mind that shoveling and salting the sidewalks is your responsibility. And if you live in an apartment building—where staff will be in charge of handling this kind of thing—be sure to extend an extra thank you, cup of hot cocoa, or even offer of lunch to your hardworking maintenance guys.
- Apartment-hunting: If you're hell bent on keeping up with your busy schedule of open houses this weekend, be sure to double check ahead of time—there's a good chance some of them will get canceled if things get bad enough.
- Etiquette: Now's not the time to stop being a good neighbor, so don't pretend that snow somehow magically evaporates your dog's droppings outside your building. (Trust us, once the snow melts, the jig will be up—fast.) And avoid leaving slush-covered boots to create puddles in shared hallways, either. Oh, and if you order delivery? Treat that delivery guy (or gal) like absolute royalty.
- Staying informed: To keep tabs on the latest news, sign up for alerts from Notify NYC; check in on your neighborhood's snow plow status with the city's Plow Tracker; get updates from the Department of Transportation on possible alternate side parking suspensions; and updates about transit interruptions from MTA.info.