Note: This was one of the topics covered this past Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Historians. We meet on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Avenue Diner, starting at 7 PM. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 7th. We are expecting a very special guest presentation - announcement coming soon!
February 7th, 1967 - Blizzard Hits Woodhaven!
New York City was blanketed with 11 inches of snow 50 years ago. Similar to the storm that's hitting us now 50 years later, this storm was preceded with unseasonably warm weather. In fact, just 1 week before the storm, the following appeared in the Leader-Observer, a picture of neighborhood kids on a see-saw in the playground at 79th and Park Lane (now Mary Whalen).
But a few days later the entire Northeast was covered in snow, one of the coldest blizzards on record. Here is a weather map showing the results of the storm:
In Woodhaven, the days that followed were difficult as snow plows were slow to make their way out to Queens. The Leader covered the lack of response at the time --
The Leader-Observer lashed out at the city in an editorial entitled "Victim of Neglect."
Snow removal operations after last week's storm were a fresh reminder that while Queens pays taxes to the city, the Borough is invariably the victim of municipal neglect in an emergency or at any other time. For days after the snow ended the situation was especially desperate in Woodhaven side streets. Many were impassable for days before the plows finally came and scarcely better after they had gone.
The fact thousands of residents must park their cars at the cubs serves to aggravate the problem, but not to excuse the city's failure, after years of listening to complaints, to muster the equipment and manpower to deal effectively with an emergency such as last week's blizzard.
The city has ordered a bevy of new trucks to intensify its towaway campaign in Manhattan. It would be a banner day in Queens if it would bestir itself to act of some of the borough's chronic problems, including snow removal.
Sounds like not much has changed!