Friday, January 30, 2015

Freeze Warning: Prevent frozen/burst water lines




Local temperatures in the Broad Channel area will drop to 13 degrees overnight accompanied by 30 mph northwest winds, gusting at times to almost 50 mph, and below zero wind chill values. 

Keep an eye on all domestic water lines to prevent frozen and or burst pipes.


NWS issues Wind Advisory


Wind Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
406 AM EST FRI JAN 30 2015

...STRONG WINDS DEVELOPING THIS EVENING AND CONTINUING INTO SATURDAY...

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM EST
SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK HAS ISSUED A WIND
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM
EST SATURDAY.

* LOCATIONS...SOUTHEAST NEW YORK...NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND
  SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT.

* HAZARDS...STRONG WINDS.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS 45 TO 50 MPH.

* TIMING...TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...THE STRONG WINDS MAY DOWN SOME TREE LIMBS AND POWER
  LINES...AND MAKE DRIVING HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES
  DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY ON ELEVATED ROADWAYS AND BRIDGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 31 TO 39 MPH...
OR GUSTS OF 46 TO 57 MPH...ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. WINDS THIS
STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel

BETWEEN THE BRIDGESCOLUMNS

BETWEEN THE BRIDGES AND BETWEEN THE LEGS

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Could we please stop all the male bashing and whining about “manspread” on the subway?  It is not a comfort thing or even unintentional.  And it is certainly not, as the NY Times somewhat lewdly opined, an “assertion of power.”  It’s simply a cultural thing!  More than half a century ago at St. Sebastian’s grammar school in Woodside Sister Alma DeLourdes conducted a class experiment where she would unexpectedly drop a rubber eraser onto the lap of a random student. In every case a boy would instinctively close his legs to catch the eraser and the girl would open hers to catch the same eraser.  The good Sister explained the phenomena as a learned cultural reflex action stemming from the fact that boys routinely sit spread legged as they wear pants and girls close legged as they wear skirts or dresses.  Henceforth I will consider any and all complaints about “manspread” to be misandrist, discriminatory and politically incorrect.  If it still offends you, perhaps you should consider moving to Scotland!
Our City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, lavished praise on a recently deceased Puerto Rican nationalist who spent 11 years in prison for her role as an accomplice in the 1954 terrorist shooting in Congress by Puerto Rican Nationalists that left five US legislators wounded.  The Speaker described Isabel Rosado Morales as “our icon and national patriot” in a tweet from her personal Twitter account.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be.  Keep in mind that back when she was only a council member she routinely refused to say the pledge of allegiance at the start of meetings.   When asked about her refusal to say the pledge she told another council member it was because she “wanted Puerto Rico to be independent.”  Interestingly enough, when she decided to run for the Speaker’s position she put political expediency ahead of her principles and suddenly started to stand up, place her hand over her heart and recite the pledge verbatim!  I guess we are all left to wonder whether Speaker Mark-Viverito is a hypocrite or simply stupid?
Mayor de Blasio needed $100 million in pledges from private donors in order to bring the Democratic National Convention to NYC and as of last month he had raised $15 million but, as of last week, that figure had only increased slightly up to $16 million. Word on the street has it that all the turmoil between our Mayor and the NYPD has all but spoiled his chance at landing the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  If true, that leaves Columbus, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as top contenders to host the party.
More people are leaving New York than are moving in according to Michael Stoll, a professor of public policy at University of California, Los Angeles, and a consultant to United Van Lines who studies American migration, the moves reflect the increasing numbers of retiring baby boomers who are leaving our colder, and more expensive state in favor of lower-cost locations with retirement infrastructures like Florida and Arizona.
If you are not familiar with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram I recommend you study up on your social media quickly because I can assure you things are going to get real interesting very soon!  On Monday, March 2nd, N.Y.C. public school students will once again be allowed to bring their cell phones to school with them. The law of unintended consequences just about guarantees that the little darlings will rapidly discover some ingenious and innovative ways of furtively posting to their social media accounts as a means of documenting their time spent in class!
Broad Channel – why would anyone want to live anywhere else?
Contact info:  rtbetweenthebridges@gmail.com or call/text – 347-226-1293

Rockaway Times Online Edition (Thursday January 29th, 2015)


Broad Channel advocates for West Pond repair


Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:30 am | Updated: 11:43 am, Thu Jan 29, 2015.
Speaking at an open house meeting regarding the restoration of the West Pond, Broad Channel residents and nature enthusiasts last Thursday overwhelmingly agreed that the loop at the pond needed to be secured and the body of water should be brought back to its freshwater status.
“We’d like to see a complete circle on that pond,” one person said. “I think that’s the most important thing.”
The West Pond at Gateway National Park was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy, causing part of its loop trail to be washed away and creating a breach, which allowed saltwater from Jamaica Bay to flow into the body of freshwater.
Jennifer Nersesian, superintendent of Gateway National Park, said the National Park Service is looking at a few options to either close the breach, or leave it as is.
The options for restoring the pond included closing the loop and bringing freshwater back to the area, restoring the loop with some amenities including bird blinds or bridging the breach and allowing saltwater to still rush into the pond.
Any proposal that does not fully close the loop would result in the creation of brackish water, a combination of fresh and saline water.
Dan Mundy Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic Association, told Nersesian that freshwater was the No. 1 priority.
“That brackish approach doesn’t appeal to me as much,” he said.
Mundy also suggested including a drainage pipe in whatever plan is implemented by the Park Service, the federal agency that oversees the parkland, to increase the pond’s resiliency. Nersesian said the agency is open to that idea.
Seth Ausubel, a member of the board of directors at the state Ornithological Association, advocated for ridding the area of saltwater.
The West Pond and other areas of Gateway National Park are popular gathering spots for birdwatchers.
“I think it’s very important to bring freshwater back to the area,” he said. “I would not like to see it revert to saltwater at all.”
Some people said they were less concerned with how the Park Service repairs the loop and brings freshwater back to the pond, and were more concerned about it being completed as soon as possible.
“We’re already talking about four years after Sandy before we see anything done,” one person said. “I’d really urge to keep moving forward as quickly as possible”
Another audience member said the slow process to having the pond fixed is “frustrating.”
“We’re over analyzing this,” the person said.
Nersesian said the agency is required to look at all available options to them before fixing the pond, and that a final plan would be presented to the public by late spring or early summer of this year.
She also said the agency is required to show that whatever plan it picks for the West Pond, it must increase its resiliency.
“We can’t put any dollars into it if it doesn’t show that,” she said.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NWS - "A small winter weather event Thursday into Friday...."



Hazardous Weather Outlook


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
412 AM EST WED JAN 28 2015

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-291100-
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-NORTHERN NEW HAVEN-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX-
NORTHERN NEW LONDON-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN-
SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-WESTERN PASSAIC-
EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN-EASTERN BERGEN-WESTERN ESSEX-
EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-ORANGE-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-
NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-
RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHERN QUEENS-NORTHERN NASSAU-SOUTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN NASSAU-
412 AM EST WED JAN 28 2015


A SMALL WINTER WEATHER EVENT IS EXPECTED ON THURSDAY NIGHT INTO
FRIDAY FOLLOWED BY VERY COLD WEATHER. SEE THE AREA FORECAST
DISCUSSION FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

YET ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO AFFECT THE REGION
SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY. UNCERTAINTY IN THE FORECAST TRACK FOR
THIS SYSTEM IS HIGH AT THIS TIME. IT APPEARS THE MOST LIKELY TRACK
FOR THE LOW IS TO THE SOUTH OF THE REGION. THIS WOULD RESULT IN
MOSTLY SNOW FOR OUR AREA. IF THIS IS THE CASE...THERE IS THE
POTENTIAL FOR 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW. SINCE THIS IS A
PROGRESSIVE SYSTEM...MAXIMUM AMOUNTS WOULD BE MODERATE - LESS THAN
A FOOT.

HOWEVER...THERE IS A POSSIBLY THAT THE SYSTEM TRACKS TO OUR
NORTHWEST. THIS WOULD RESULT IN MOSTLY RAIN AND POSSIBLY 1-2
INCHES OF LIQUID. THIS...COMBINED WITH MELTING SNOW...COULD
RESULT IN FLOODING.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blizzard's a bust - who cares? "I Hate the Friggin Snow"


The Blizzard of 2015 - What Happened?


The Blizzard of 2015!

I am sure that most of you awoke early this morning, went to the window and peered out and thought to yourself, "You closed our schools, shut the subways, buses and bridges and emptied the streets for this? Where's my 2 feet of snow? What happened to the %$#$%& Blizzard?"

Let me state at the outset that any criticism of the Mayor for overreacting to this storm is, in my opinion, unjustified.  The Mayor did what he is paid to do...make a decision based on the best informaion avaioable that is in the best interest of all New Yorkers.

Additionally, before any of you decide to go all "commando" on the National Weather Service, TV and Radio meteorologists, reporters, and anyone else who only yesterday were describing this nor'easter as a storm of "epic and historical" proportions keep in mind that the same computer forecast models that correctly predicted Super Storm Sandy's path of destruction through our area back in 2012 were also accurately showing this particular storm to be a shaping up as a "winter whopper" with one small exception.

As the storm intensified into a nor'easter, it established itself slightly different than the computer models were predicting and in such a way that kept the heavy bands of snow and real extreme winds from reaching our area. Unfortunately our neighbors out east on Long Island and further up the coast were not as fortunate and they did catch the brunt this large, but not historic, storm.

This "whoopsie" between the computer models and the actual storm turned out to be a blessing for all of us here in Broad Channel.  Consider the following.

Instead of getting 2-3 feet of snow we will probably only see about 8 to10 inches by day's end and that snow is the light powdery kind which is easy to shovel. 

It won't take you 5 hours to dig out your car after being plowed in on Cross Bay Boulevard. 

We did not experience prolonged and seriously strong winds which tend to cause expensive damage, as well as utility and power outages.

The roads were all closed last night at 11 pm but they were reopened this morning at 7:30 am and guess what? They are plowed, clean and passable!  West 12th Road was plowed at least 6 times overnight whether we needed it or not.  A plow also came through at 2 am during the tidal street flooding which accompanied the high tide. Ever watch a plow simply moving water around? Interesting to say the least.

The subways, buses and bridges were all closed overnight forcing all of us to remain home and spend time with our families.  Is that such a bad thing?

As far as closing the schools is concerned, we should all be happy that the Mayor and the School Chancellor finally made a timely decision, based on information at hand, far enough in advance to allow parents to make accommodations for their children. Usually we have to wait until 5 am on the morning of a storm to find out if there will be classes.

Everyone was out shopping the day before the storm which was good for the local economy.

Everyone was off the streets and home the night of the storm which was good for Mayor de Blasio's "Vision Zero" program and the city wide crime rates.

N.Y.C. rescinds Travel Ban





Monday, January 26, 2015

Mayor declares State of Emergency for N.Y.C.


Alert issued 1/26/15 at 9:25 PM. 

Due to impending winter weather, Mayor de Blasio has issued a State of Emergency for New York City. All non-emergency vehicles must be off all roads in the city by 11:00 p.m.and until further notice.