By COLlive reporter
The ‘Shabbos alarm’ which alerts residents of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn that it’s candle lighting time each Friday evening, is out of order.
Many underground electrical cables have failed due to snowstorms in New York City’s second-snowiest February on record, and heavy use of salt to melt snow and ice on the roads.
“Until Con Edison can replace or repair the cables, the Shabbos alarm will not be operational,” Rabbi Mendel Goldstein informed COLlive of his volunteer siren that sounds off twice on Shabbos eve.
Residents are advised to be aware of weekly candle lighting times and not rely on the siren, which normally rings each Friday 15 minutes before and 2 minutes before candle lighting times.
This winter has been the seventh snowiest on record in New York City, with 57.1 inches of accumulation in Central Park, NBC reported. The city’s all-winter record for snowfall is 75 inches, set during the 1995-96 winter.