Wow, after all that hype about the biggest blizzard ever to hit New York and then what did they get? Eleven inches? Give me a break.
You often enough hear them talk about the snowstorm of ’78 too. But do you ever hear them talk about the blizzard of ’69? Nooooo. Everybody seems to have forgotten about that one. Well, I haven’t. I’ve got a long memory when I need to.
It was the Winter of 1969 and New York was hit with a brut of a snowstorm. What was new about this one? Mayor Lindsay forgot about Queens where I was born and raised. Queens was where the snow had buried cars and where snowplows were nowhere to be seen.
All Queens folks could talk about was how Mayor Lindsay forgot about Queens. I remember being at the bus stop on my way home from work after taking two trains to get to the bus station. There was a woman standing in line with me, waiting for the bus, cursing Mayor Lindsay because we didn’t receive snowplow assistance to help us dig out. If you want to read more about it, check out all these gory details.
When Lindsay finally visited, his limousine got stuck in the snow and the mayor was berated by angry residents. Served him right.
Snow was up to car door handles; with drifts, even higher. The photos speak for themselves.
These photos are date stamped June of ’69 although I cropped these photos for this post.
If the month date was accurate, that would really be the snowstorm that was! I think that’s when we had the photos developed. We were in no rush to reminisce on the event. We New Yorkers have to live up to our name of being blasé!
The snowstorm of 2015 in New York wasn’t a blizzard. The snowstorm of 1969, now THAT was a blizzard!
Although the snow is beautiful when it’s fresh, just remember that when you shovel it to use caution and take breaks – don’t overdo it. Eat a good breakfast and drink plenty of fluids before you go out there and have fun! It’s usually very sunny after a storm like this so enjoy the sunshine and the exercise!