To my dear neighbors of Crown Heights,
As we recover from an almost ‘historical blizzard’ and enjoy the beautiful scenery from our windows, there is one thing that’s often overlooked. It seems that Crown Heights has become immune to our fellow neighbors, landlords and store owners who don’t shovel the snow off their sidewalks.
I do want to point out and thank all those who consistently shovel their sidewalk, bundling up for the job and doing it properly. Many are lightly salted to avoid anyone slipping, and this is much appreciated. Thank you!
Today though, I walked behind an elderly man. He was dressed in full gear, but there are no boots yet created that will enable us to walk through a foot of un-shoveled, melting snow. Kicking his way through the snow, every few homes he had to slow down- way down- to navigate past yet another home owner who abandoned his responsibility.
A few minutes later I noticed a mother with a stroller. The sidewalk was partially cleared: it had a narrow path that measured 6 inches wide (I’m being generous), and had snow falling in from the walls of snow on each side. Even with her expensive, large wheels, she had to heave first the front, then the back of the stroller through. That was until someone kindly stopped and offered to help her.
Any individual- with or without a stroller, young or old- has a hard time walking through piles of un-shoveled snow. Once it’s ice, it’s more than inconvenient: it’s real danger. No rubbers or boots are enough. Mothers have to literally pick up their strollers or small children to get through the snow. Although it has become standard, please understand that it’s inconsiderate to leave the snow or ice outside your home. A shovel doesn’t cost more than $15, and if you are unable to shovel- asking someone to do it for you is under $15 as well.
I don’t want to tell on other Yidden, and certainly don’t want to cause negative feelings among our community. When I pass a home that has a sidewalk full of slushy, dirty snow, or ice still sitting in the same place for over 12 hours, I assume that the home owner needs an extra push. Perhaps the only option would be to call 311 and report the address to the government.
Looking forward to safer and kinder streets,