PHOTO CALL: A Speedy Snow Cleanup for Broadway

News   PHOTO CALL: A Speedy Snow Cleanup for Broadway
With an expected overnight snowfall of up to ten inches Jan. 11-12, many New Yorkers and theatregoers feared a situation similar to the aftermath of the recent blizzard that partially crippled city streets and transit.

While eight inches did fall in parts of the city, the vigilant work of cleanup crews rendered theatre district streets and sidewalks largely safe and clean by mid-morning.  No Jan. 12 Broadway shows have been canceled.

Here is a look at midtown around 10 AM Wednesday:

Anticipating the storm (which brought eight inches of snow to midtown and moved on to New England by 8 AM Wednesday), some Broadway producers on Tuesday announced "snow day" discounts for Wednesday performances.


According to the mayor's statement, "the public is use public transportation wherever possible." recommends that ticket holders coming to Broadway for 2 PM matinees or 8 PM evening shows on Jan. 12 take trains and subways, which are usually less impeded by snow.

Producers almost never cancel shows due to weather, though sometimes ticket exchange opportunities are offered. Check point of purchase (and related websites). Only a power outage or cast/crew/staff absences would scuttle a performance, and absences are unlikely when there is this much advance notice of a storm — some cast and crew members who live outside of Manhattan have been known to bunk in the city to make sure they get to work, insuring that the show goes on.

The city is reminding travelers that information about any service changes to public transportation is available on the MTA website at You can also get more information at

The bulk of the snow in New York City fell between midnight and daybreak Wednesday.

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