FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM DECEMBER 24, 2020 • THE QUEENS COURIER 35
Queens residents play in the snow
following largest storm in years
BY GABRIELE HOLTERMANN
Th e fi rst signifi cant snowstorm in four
years barreled down on Queens overnight,
blanketing the borough with anywhere
between 6 to 10 inches of snow on
Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Kids and adults alike ventured out to
Juniper Valley Park the following morning
to enjoy the winter wonderland by
riding sleds down a small hill, building
snowmen and having snowball fi ghts.
For some kids, the storm was the fi rst
time they had ever experienced snow, and
they weren’t quite sure what to make of
the white, cold blanket yet.
Adriana, who lives near the park, had
brought her two children, including
She had spent many winters in the park
and felt nostalgic about bringing her kids
there for the fi rst time.
“He was like, what is this? It is cold,” she
said. “But we couldn’t keep them holed up
anymore. Th ey were banging at the windows
all night last night and this morning.”
Locals Jamie and Brandon had brought
their pooch Bee, a mini Australian shepherd,
to the park. Th e pup seemed to have
the best time.
“I love it,” Jamie said. “I’m a big fan of
While New York City public school
students were stuck at home, in school
remotely instead of enjoying a snow
day, some Catholic school students were
out and about. Ten-year-old Oliver, his
7-year-old brother Gavin and their parents
were excited and glad to have a day
off from school. Both of the kids wanted
However, for some of the adults, the
snowstorm was not as much fun.
Josef had been shoveling the sidewalks
for two hours Th ursday morning, despite
having taken the precautionary measure
of spreading salt the night before to make
snow removal easier.
Andrew and Danny had spent an hour
digging out their car this morning.
“My back is already hurting,” Andrew
said. Th e fi rst major snowstorm of the season
saw up to 10 inches fall around LaGuardia
Airport and around 7 inches fall near JFK
International Airport. Wednesday night’s
storm was the biggest December snowfall
in New York City since 2009.