Red Hook Braces for Snowstorm Nemo

By Alan Neuhauser on February 7, 2013 6:29pm 

 Residents of Red Hook are bracing for Nemo, a winter storm expected to dump 10 to 14 inches of snow on New York.
Residents of Red Hook are bracing for Nemo, a winter storm expected to dump 10 to 14 inches of snow on New York.
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RED HOOK — Barely 100 days after being besieged by Hurricane Sandy, residents across Red Hook are battening down the hatches, this time for Snowstorm Nemo, predicted to dump 10 to 14 inches of snow on New York City between Friday and Saturday night.

"I don't think I want to go through that again," said Red Hook Houses resident Alisa Pizarro, who laughed despite herself. "I really don't. This whole thing — I hope it's not as big as they're saying in the news."

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Big Apple at 4 p.m., and officials warned New Yorkers to stay home Friday and avoid mass transit, if possible.

Coastal areas such as Red Hook are especially at risk — Nemo is predicted to hurl 3-to-5-foot storm surges onto land. Hurricane Sandy's storm surge, by comparison, rose as high as 14 feet, but Nemo's surges could still cause flooding amid the expected snow drifts and ice, officials said.

"I just came home from Home Depot and I bought a ton of salt," said Lou Sones, a Red Hook resident and managing partner of The Brazen Head Bar in Boerum Hill. The bar's business, he continued, could benefit from the storm.

"Sometimes miserable weather means they want to come in and be cozy in the bar and be nice and toasty — and toasted," he said. "Often, some of our greatest nights have been when people, they'll be sitting at the bar, it'll start snowing, and they'll say, 'Screw it, we'll go through the storm together.'"

Others, though, still planned to stay home through the storm.

"I will sit down, watch television, and be very happy," said Lillie Marshall, head of the Tenants Association for Red Hook Houses West. "Eat, sleep, take a bath — that's the elderly life."

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