Morning Buzz | A Partly Cloudy Return to Normalcy?

To all of the blizzard of 2010 survivors, good luck on your commutes. Tuesday will be partly cloudy with highs around freezing. Temperatures should start to climb Wednesday.

Airports and railroads limped back to life, but thousands are still stranded. Roads remained glazed and city streets choked with snow. Subways and buses ran sporadically. Power was still out for thousands. Business was bad, and there were grim tales of people snowbound for hours in cars, buses and trains.

But the two-day blizzard that hit the East Coast on Sunday, the worst in four years, was over by late Monday morning, churning to oblivion in the Canadian Maritimes and leaving a trail of disruption in a dozen states from the Carolinas to Maine. The New York area and the Northeast took the brunt of it. Knee-to-thigh-high snows were common, and officials said it would probably take days to dig out.

But given the size and strength of the storm — it was New York City’s sixth-largest snowfall, accompanied by winds that gusted over 65 miles an hour — there were still a lot of streets to be plowed, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg acknowledged, as well as sales tax revenues to be recouped. But he rejected any notion that the city was somehow less prepared for this storm than for others. [NYT] (Also see The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News and The New York Post.)

Snow Coverage

Many travelers were stranded on mass transportation or in their cars for a number of hours during the storm. [NYT] (Also see The Daily News.) Transit remains limited on Tuesday morning, but should not be as horrendous as it was on Monday. (Also see The Daily News.)

The wail of high winds seemed to be drowned out Monday by cries of frustration from city dwellers who thought the Department of Sanitation’s street-cleaning efforts favored certain neighborhoods. [NYT] City officials said their response was limited by the type of streets that needed to be plowed, and had nothing to do with the area they occupied. (Also see The Wall Street Journal and The Daily News.)

The storm blanketed the city in tiny white snow crystals more common farther west, creating a Dr. Seussian landscape of snowdrifts to enchant those who were not stranded or kept from work. [NYT]

New Jersey’s State Senate president, Stephen M. Sweeney, had to assume control during the snowstorm because both Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno left for a vacation on Sunday. [NYT]

The New York Post reports that the storm ground usually solid post-holiday shopping to a halt, and that the F.B.I. got a snow day while their Police and Fire Departments brethren braved the cold.

The Daily News notes that at least three expectant mothers went into labor during the storm.

And The Wall Street Journal records that Broadway shows might have a tough time after the storm.

And do not forget the innumerable reader’s photos of the snow. Our colleagues at the Lens blog also offered a look at some of the memorable winter squall photos of yesteryear.

Housing & Economy

The word “penthouse” evokes images of lone perches atop of Fifth Avenue towers with incomparable park views. But the word has been stretched to its limit and beyond in the New York real estate lexicon, with some apartments being called penthouses for dubious reason, as Christine Haughney describes in Tuesday’s Appraisal column.

New York City has created a new Business Acceleration Team, which is intended to steer aspiring restaurateurs through the forests of red tape required to open an new dining spot. [NYT]

Government & Politics

Gov. David A. Paterson bumps into a psychic in a bar. This is not the start of a joke, but a true story of someone who predicted Mr. Paterson’s ascendancy to governor, Clyde Haberman reports in today’s NYC column. [NYT]

Crime & Public Safety

Hassan Malik, 55, of East Harlem, was charged Monday night in the killing of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase. [New York Post] (Also see The Daily News.)

People & Neighborhoods

Susan Dominus remembers thank-you notes to doormen in her Murray Hill building, and how they can never adequately express how grateful she is for their years of help and friendship, in the Big City column. [NYT]

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