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As the storm arrived, people ventured out while others stayed home

Normally bustling streets lay empty on Tuesday, with most residents choosing to stay inside out of the slushy weather. Snow plows roamed the roadways, with few other cars to be seen.

Most residents on Long Island elected to remain indoors, following a mad dash to the shops on Monday for last minute supplies to weather the snowfall.

Across Long Island, businesses such as grocery stores and delis, opened their doors, though sales were slim, owners said.

Here is a selection of scenes across the Island:


At Nobman’s Hardware in the hamlet of Oyster Bay, James Pecoraro, company president, sat eating sausage and sauerkraut listening to a radio report on “the storm that wasn’t” just after noon.

The store was one of the only businesses open in the hamlet, though Town Hall continued to operate down the street.

Monday had been very busy with hundreds of customers preparing for the storm, purchasing the usual ice melt, shovels, flashlights and batteries, Pecoraro said. But as the predicted snowfall failed to materialize, the store was empty.

“Yesterday they made it sound like the world was going to end,” Pecoraro said.

— Ted Phillips


For those in urgent need of fishing equipment during the storm, Bob’s Bait & Tackle in Amity Harbor remained open.

No customers had come in by midday Tuesday, but owner Bob Rose was unfazed.

“I had work to do,” the lifelong Lindenhurst resident explained.

Deliveries of new hooks and lures sat stacked in the showroom, and Rose, 53, had to put them away in the back, he said. Business picks up in April when fishing season begins to show promise.

The inclement weather did not bother Rose, who has owned his shop for 30 years.

“Not much of storm really,” he said. “Just a bit of slush, that’s about it.”

— Jesse Coburn


Smithtown was virtually empty Tuesday, from Nissequogue’s Long Beach, where the Long Island Sound beat against the bluffs, to downtown Kings Park, where Key Food and Bagel King handled a trickle of customers.

“It looks like everyone’s staying tucked in,” said Linda Henninger, who lives in the hamlet. She’d spent the morning cooking pancakes, cinnamon buns and chicken noodle soup for her family.

— Nicholas Spangler


Among the few shops open on the North Shore were convenience marts and grocery stores, though they were empty save for a few employees.

Hardy Singh, 25, said he had a fraction of the usual clientele at his Hardy’s Quick Mart in Glen Cove, and almost all his customers were plow drivers buying coffee.

Singh and his father also own a gas station nearby in Sea Cliff, and on Monday, they sold three times the typical quantity of gas.

“People are really scared after Sandy,” he said. “They don’t want to experience anything like that [running out of gas] again.”

On Monday, the Stop & Shop in Greenvale also “was crazy,” with customers crowding the store and stocking up on essentials, said employee Bryan Gonzalez, 19. The store’s bakery ran out of bread by about 6 p.m.

— David Olson


Residents ventured outside to clear the snow, hoping to stay ahead of conditions as the day progressed.

In Mineola, residents Amil and Rehana Rasul decided to shovel and snow blow their sidewalk in multiple waves.

“Hopefully by tomorrow this will all be a memory,” Rehana said.

— Khristopher J. Brooks


Many travelers passed the hours at Kennedy Airport, where flight cancellations reached 778 by noon, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Three University of Connecticut students headed to Puerto Rico for spring break were resigned to spending the day at the airport, having arrived at 6 a.m. only to have their flight canceled, with the next flight not until 11 p.m.

The 22-year-old students, Keemo Farquharson, Zayna Fulton, and Mehran Payandeh, expressed disappointment about their vacation’s delay.

“It’s hard to see everyone there already having fun -- especially when you start seeing everyone’s snaps, on the beach, getting some sun, wearing tank tops,” Fulton said.

— Mark Morales


Many commuters simply stayed home as the roads and rails remained nearly empty most of the morning.

There were just a handful of cars at the typically packed Valley Stream LIRR station at the height of the morning rush hour.

At 8:30 a.m. in Penn Station -- known as the busiest commuter rail station in the continent -- several businesses were shuttered and a smattering of commuters had plenty of room to stretch out.

Union electrician Peter Toohill made the commute from Wantagh to his Manhattan construction job site only to be quickly sent home.

“I was actually the only one who showed up, pretty much,” Toohill, 27, said, marveling at the desolate scene at Penn during the morning “rush” hour.

“It’s weird . . . I just want to get home safe and start shoveling.”

— Alfonso Castillo

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