Brooklyn coming back to life as blizzard fizzles

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The weather outside is frightful: A family braves the blustery wind on Prospect Avenue on Monday afternoon as the storm starts to pick up steam.
Fur coat: Raider, a red Lab owned by Jan Rehder of Park Slope, snuggles in the snow.
Bundled: This woman is bundled from head toe as she gets in some last minute shopping in Windsor Terrace.
The mail doesn’t stop: A mailman dutifully delivers along his route near Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street on Monday afternoon.
Snow in the Slope: Roads in Park Slope already had a healthy coating of the white stuff by Monday afternoon.
Brooklyn hustles: A family refuses to let the snow stop them in Park Slope.
Plow power: Plows hit the streets on Eighth Avenue in Park Slope on Monday afternoon, ahead of the expected big dump later in the evening.
Tough mother: Park Slope moms are not letting the snow stop them just yet.
Shoveling siblings: Julianna, Jolie, Jake, and Jenna Wasserman shovel snow in preparation of the Jan. 26 big blizzard that didn’t end up impacting Bergen Beach as severely as anticipated.
A winter wonderland: Marylou Pagnotta clears piles of snow from her driveway.
Preparing for the worst: The Department of Sanitation clears Royce Street near Avenue T with a plow.
Before the showdown: People were walking and driving in Downtown before a mandatory shutdown of roads and subways was instituted on Monday night.
Snowy ride: A rider makes his way over the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday evening.

So much for that blizzard.

The first major winter storm of 2015 was predicted to bring two-to-three-feet of snow by this evening, but it has now been downgraded to eight-to-12 inches. Governor-imposed travel bans have been lifted and public transit is creaking back to life.

Mayor DeBlasio, possibly making up for his widely panned performance last year during his first big snow storm as mayor that saw large swaths of the city go unplowed, started announcing the city’s preparedness measures on Sunday night. By Monday afternoon he announced that public schools will be closed today and that city roads would be off-limits after 11 pm. Drivers are now once again allowed on Brooklyn streets, but community meetings and events all over the borough remain canceled.

Here are a few of the cancellations and closings in effect:

• Public schools are closed today.

• Subways are returning to Sunday service levels by noon.

• All Brooklyn Public Library branches are closed Tuesday.

• Alternate-side parking is suspended through Wednesday.

• Garbage and recycling pick-ups will not take place until snow clearing is complete.

• Community Board 13’s general meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, is cancelled.

• Opening events scheduled at the Kings Theatre tonight are postponed.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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