NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — It’s like somebody poured a big Slushee onto the five boroughs. Getting around New York City after Tuesday morning’s sleet storm can be a full physical workout.
1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck in Waldwick, NJ
“If you go where like it’s really smooth, that’s where you’re bound to fall, because it’s really slippery there. But if you stick to the slush you’re alright,” said Rose Dattory of the Lower East Side. “There you go, you got to go in and out, bob and weave.”
Heather Davenport of Chelsea found that out the hard way. “I’ve nearly killed myself on the way down here. I started out in these and realized it was a horrendous error and now I’m going back to fix that horrendous error and hopefully start the day again.”
Said “horrendous error” was Davenport leaving home with flats on, rather than boots.
From Chelsea to the West Village and all across the City, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown found commuters struggling to stay upright.
“I almost fell twice,” Alta Martires of Washington Heights said.
“Slipping a little bit but, like I said, I don’t have too far to walk,” said Matt Wilson of Scotch Plains, N.J.
Shovelers were out early and so were salters. The weather wasn’t making their jobs any easier.
“Very icy and slippery,” said Justin Carr of Pelham Bay.
“The rain is softening it up. Once it freezes, that’s when you slip,” said Melvin Jackson.
Most people like Michael McKeller have their own tactics for dealing with the ice. “Well that’s what any new Yorker would do. You got to avoid the slush. It’s kind of messy,” the Brooklyn resident said.
Instead he chooses to walk on subway grates or salt.
After navigating the sidewalk, inevitably you get to the street corner and have to choose: ice or slush? “I guess I try to stay out of the slush as much as possible and just take it slow,” said Pete Watts of Greenpoint.
“Just kinda walk through it if you have to,” said Matt Stolle of Bushwick.