Southern Daily Echo Travel Assignment






Blizzard Watch in effect from late Monday night through late Tuesday night

Heavy snow and strong winds will create dangerous travel conditions; Alternate Side Parking Regulations suspended Tuesday and Wednesday

March 12, 2017 – The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a hazardous travel advisory for Tuesday, March, 14, 2017. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch in effect from late Monday night through late Tuesday night. A nor’easter is forecast to bring heavy snow alongwith strong and potentially damaging winds that will create hazardous travel conditions on Tuesday.


“We’re preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Besides the snow, it will be cold. We urge you to avoid unnecessary travel and help keep roads clear for Sanitation crews and first responders.”


“Heavy snow will make travel difficult on Tuesday. New Yorkers should avoid driving and use mass transit when possible,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “We are working closely with our agency partners to coordinate the City’s preparations for the storm.” 


A low pressure system develops off of the Carolina coastline Monday before making its way up the East Coast late Monday night. According to the latest forecast, light snow is expected to begin late Monday night, and will intensify overnight into early Tuesday morning. The heaviest snowfall is expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon, with rates as much as 2 to 4 inches per hour possible. Strong winds are expected to accompany the heavy snowfall, with wind speeds 20 – 30 mph, and gusts 35 – 50 mph, creating hazardous travel conditions.  The snowfall is expected to taper off Tuesday evening. A total accumulation of 12 to 18 inches is anticipated, but locally higher amounts are possible. New Yorkers should avoid driving and use mass transit where possible on Tuesday.


New York City Emergency Management also urged New Yorkers of the potential for widespread minor to locally moderate coastal flooding during the Tuesday morning high tide cycle. The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday for areas near the coastline in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and areas along the southern shores of Queens. Minor to moderate flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and/or properties is possible. Coastal residents should be alert for updates and take action to protect property.


NYC Emergency Management also reminded New Yorkers to prepare for extremely cold temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures Tuesday are expected to be in the upper twenties, with lows Tuesday night in the low twenties. Temperatures are forecast to be at or around freezing on Wednesday.


Snow Preparations


The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is pre-deploying 689 salt spreaders across the five boroughs. PlowNYC will be activated and more than 1600 plows will be dispatched when more than two inches of snow accumulates.

DSNY will assign 2,400 workers per shift. Workers will be assigned to 12 hour shifts beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.

DSNY has 283,000 tons of rock salt available.

Garbage/recycling collections will be suspended once snow operations begin.


Alternate Side Parking is suspended Tuesday, March 14, and Wednesday, March 15, to facilitate snow removal operations. Parking meters are in effect.

DOT will deploy crews to pre-treat pedestrian overpasses and step streets, and ensure that ferry terminals and municipal parking garages are pre-salted in advance of any snow.

During snow operations, DOT typically deploys more than 400 personnel and more than 100 pieces of equipment, including nearly 80 trucks for plowing over several shifts.

The Staten Island Ferry is expected to run on a normal schedule, but all passengers should allow extra time should weather conditions impact the schedule.

Citi Bike service is expected to remain in service until further notice.

NYC Emergency Management

NYC Emergency Management is working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor the storm’s track to determine the impacts to New York City.  

NYC Emergency Management has begun hosting daily interagency conference calls with City and state agencies and public and private partners to coordinate the City’s preparations for the storm.

NYC Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated Monday evening to coordinate the City’s response to the storm’s impacts.

NYC Emergency Management has begun extensive outreach to elected officials with the latest information regarding the storm’s track and potential impact to the City.

Homeless Services

A Code Blue Weather Emergency notice is issued when the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or less between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m., including National Weather Service calculations for wind chill values.  No one who is homeless and seeking shelter in New York City during a Code Blue will be denied. Should you see a homeless individual out in the cold, please call 311 and an outreach team will be dispatched to offer assistance. Code Blue Weather Emergencies include the following options for the homeless:


  • Shelters: During a Code Blue, shelter is available system-wide to accommodate anyone who is reasonably believed to be homeless and is brought to a shelter by outreach teams. Accommodations are also available for walk-ins.
  • Drop-in centers: All drop-in centers are open 24-hours per day when Code Blue procedures are in effect and will assist as many people as possible for the duration of the emergency. Drop-in staff can also make arrangements for homeless individuals at other citywide facilities.
  • Safe havens and stabilization beds: Chronically homeless individuals may be transported directly to these low-threshold housing options.
  • Street homeless outreach: Teams will contact vulnerable individuals on their Code Blue Priority Lists a minimum of once every four (4) hours beginning at 8 p.m. during Code Blue Alerts and once every two (2) hours beginning at 8 p.m. for Enhanced Code Blue Alerts to encourage them to accept transport to a safe place. DHS coordinates borough-level Code Blue efforts directly with agencies such as NYPD, DSNY, and the Parks Department.

Tavel Safety Tips

For Motorists

  • Use mass transportation whenever possible. If you must drive a vehicle, monitor weather and traffic reports for the latest road conditions.
  • Drive slowly. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions. Vehicles take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.
  • Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicles may make it easier to drive on snow-covered roads, but they do not stop quicker than other vehicles.
  • Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your vehicle in case you break down or become stuck in snow.
  • If you get stuck on the road, stay with your vehicle and contact a towing company.

For Pedestrians

  • Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible.
  • Wear layers including a hat, gloves/mittens, and a scarf to stay protected from the cold.
  • Keep clothes and shoes dry, if a layer becomes wet, remove it.
  • Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.
  • Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.
  • Wear sturdy boots that provide traction to reduce slipping. Use handrails when using stairs.
  • Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls from icy conditions.

Coastal Flooding Preparations

NYC residents living in coastal areas expected to experience minor or moderate coastal flooding should take the following preparedness steps:


  • Learn the safest route from your home or workplace to safe, high ground in case you have to evacuate. This should be part of your household emergency plan.
  • Prepare a Go Bag that you can grab in case you need to leave your home in a hurry.
  • If you live in a flood-susceptible area, keep materials, such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber, on hand to help protect your home.
  • Stay informed. Before and during an emergency, the City will send emergency alerts and updates to New Yorkers through various channels.
  • If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving or use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • When outside, avoid walking and driving through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. One or two feet of water can carry away a vehicle.

Safe Home Heating Tips

Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely.

Fire safety tips:

  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm in every room. Test them at least once a month and change the batteries twice a year.
  • Use only portable heating equipment that is approved for indoor use. Space heaters are temporary heating devices and should only be used for a limited time each day.
  • Keep combustible materials, including furniture, drapes, and carpeting at least three feet away from the heat source. Never drape clothes over a space heater to dry them.
  • Never leave running space heaters unattended, especially around children. Always keep an eye on heating equipment. Turn it off when you are unable to closely monitor it.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord or power strip. Do not plug anything else into the same outlet when the space heater is in use. Do not use space heaters with frayed or damaged cords.
  • If you are going to use an electric blanket, only use one that is less than 10 years old from the date of purchase. Also avoid tucking the electric blanket in at the sides of the bed. Only purchase blankets with an automatic safety shut-off.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Carbon monoxide comes from the burning of fuel. Therefore, make sure all fuel-burning devices such as furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, and clothes dryers are properly vented to the outdoors and operating properly. If you are not sure, contact a professional to inspect and make necessary repairs.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. Most homes and residential buildings in New York City are required by law to have carbon monoxide detectors installed near all sleeping areas. Owners are responsible for installing approved carbon monoxide detectors. Occupants are responsible for keeping and maintaining the carbon monoxide detectors in good repair.
  • If you have a working fireplace, keep chimneys clean and clear of debris.
  • Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven, charcoal barbecue grill, kerosene, propane, or oil-burning heaters. Kerosene heaters and propane space heaters are illegal in New York City.
  • The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are non-specific and include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sleepiness, trouble breathing, and loss of consciousness. Severe poisonings may result in permanent injury or death.

If a carbon monoxide detector goes off in your home get outside immediately and call 911. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get outside immediately and call 911.

For more winter weather safety tips, visit New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free, official emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or email alerts about winter weather conditions and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.




Echo Park Time Travel Mart

MottoWhenever You Are, We're Already Then
FoundersNínive Calegari and Dave Eggers
TypeNon-profit organization
HeadquartersThe Echo Park Time Travel Mart
1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

The Mar Vista Time Travel Mart
12515 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Region served

Los Angeles

Executive Director

Joel Arquillos

Main organ

Advisory board:

J.J. Abrams

Judd Apatow

Fiona Apple

Miguel Arteta

Mac Barnett

Steve Barr

Joshuah Bearman

Father Greg Boyle, SJ

Stefan G. Bucher

Mark Flanagan

Naomi Foner

Mitchell Frank

Ben Goldhirsh

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein

Nicole Holofcener

Spike Jonze

Miranda July

Catherine Keener

Al Madrigal

Melissa Mathison

Tara Roth

Katie McGrath

R. Scott Mitchell

Lani Monos

B.J. Novak

Jane Patterson

Keri Putnam

Sonja Rasula

Luis J. Rodriguez

J. Ryan Stradal

Sarah Vowell

Sally Willcox
Affiliations826 National





826LA is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6–18 with their creative and expository writing skills and helping teachers inspire their students to write. Programs are structured around the beliefs that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 826LA was founded in 2005 and is one of several chapters of 826 National. To serve students across Los Angeles' various regions, there are two locations: 826LA in Mar Vista and 826LA in Echo Park. A satellite site at Manual Arts Senior High School in South L.A. opened in 2013.

The 826LA Board of Directors consists of Grant DeVaul, Dave Eggers, Terena Thyne Eisner, Jodie Evans, DeAnna Gravillis, Keith Knight, Louis Lucido, Krystyn Madrigal, Sylvie Rabineau, and Brad Simpson.

There are six other 826 National chapters; San Francisco (826 Valencia), NYC (826NYC), Chicago (826CHI), Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Detroit (826michigan), Boston (826 Boston) and Washington, D.C. (826DC).

The Time Travel Mart[edit]

The Time Travel Mart exists at both 826LA in Mar Vista and 826LA in Echo Park, specializing in products imported from the past and future, such as Viking odorant, robot milk, robot toupees, robot emotions, mammoth chunks, and other time travel-themed oddities. The store and its initial line of products were conceived by writers Mac Barnett and Jon Korn, and graphic designer Stefan G. Bucher. The store also sells anthologies of work by 826LA writing students, new and back issues of Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Wholphin, and other McSweeney's publications. The store also sells a special series of Poketo wallets, celebrating the work of artists and students alike. The short stories written by 826LA students line the inside of Poketo's artist wallets, and then illustrated with a Poketo artist's interpretations of the stories.[1]


After-School Tutoring

826LA offers free tutoring Monday through Thursday. Tutoring is offered with a focus on personalized instruction, offering local students individualized help with their homework. Students come to the writing labs, where they work with tutors to complete their daily assignments, and often to embark on ambitious writing projects: poems, stories, comic books, and self-initiated research. Student writing is compiled and published in chapbook form by two in-house publishing outfits: Dogtown Books (Mar Vista) and Echo Park Press (Echo Park).


826LA offers writing workshops that cover a wide spectrum of subjects, all designed to strengthen students’ skills, foster their creativity, and give them an opportunity to execute projects that showcase their work. Working professionals teach all the offered workshops, and class sizes are kept small to ensure individualized attention. These workshops focus on a variety of topics. Recent classes have covered crafting college-application essays, designing imaginary countries, preparing for the SAT, reviewing runway fashion, and writing love poetry from the perspective of leopards. In 2012, two workshops encouraged students to examine their daily lives and share their thoughts and experiences with students in Rwanda and India.

Among its many collaborative workshops is Sunday Afternoon For Kids, held at the Hammer Museum in which artists, writers and performers teach their craft.[2]

A popular songwriting workshop brings together local musicians to collaborate with students in the songwriting process. In 2010, an edition of the workshop featured the band The Submarines, and was titled "Songwriting With The Submarines." The students' songs were then recorded by professional musicians and released as an album called Chickens in Love, featuring musicians such as The Submarines, Fiona Apple, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Tim and Eric, Crystal Antlers, Cold War Kids, Dum Dum Girls, and more.[3][4]


826LA also sends volunteers into school throughout Los Angeles. Tutors support Los Angeles teachers in their classrooms, providing students with one-on-one attention and feedback as they work on various writing assignments: sonnets, biographies, University of California application essays, narrative essays, and more. In Spring 2006, Community Photoworks was created, an annual collaboration between 826LA and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Seventh-graders students were taught the basics of photographic composition, explored Los Angeles with cameras, and wrote and polished artist statements. Their photographs and statements were displayed in a gallery exhibition in Venice.[5]

Field Trips

In the mornings, classes from around Los Angeles visit the 826LA writing labs to participate in engaging and spirited field trips. Teachers can choose from various field-trip plans, such as workshops in screenwriting and journalism, or request a custom-designed program. Field trips are tailored to complement any teacher’s curriculum.

The most popular field trip is "Storytelling & Bookmaking," in which classes collaborate to write stories for Mr. Barnacle, the never-seen, always-cranky publisher behind Barnacle & Barnacle Books. With the help of several storytellers, an illustrator, and a typist, a class works together to create characters, a setting, and a plot for an original story. (A recent book chronicled the friendship between an injured mouse and a sandwich-making robot policeman. Others have featured time traveling tea-cup pigs, spaghetti monsters, and sentient planets). The action builds to a thrilling cliffhanger, and then each student has an opportunity to write an ending, create an illustration, bind his or her book, and walk away with the finished product. Barnacle is notoriously hard to please, but the students’ work manages to earn his enthusiastic approval every time.


Dead Author Readings

Since 2008, 826LA has presented a series of Dead Author Readings, in which deceased wordsmiths such as Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe have read from their works and answered questions from the audience. The first iteration took place at the Echo Park location and featured comedian Patton Oswalt, who impersonated William Fryer Harvey and read from the works "The Clock" and "August Heat."[6] The series then morphed into a collaboration with Paul F. Tompkins and the Upright Citizen's Brigade.[7] More recent readings have impersonated F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce,[8]Mary Shelley,[9]O. Henry,[10]J.R.R. Tolkien,[11] and the Brothers Grimm.[12]

Writer's Panels

Starting in 2009, 826LA began running the Adult Writing Seminar Series, which was meant to provide insight for aspiring adult writers into the world of professional writing.[13] Each workshop focused on a different genre and featured experienced writers at a panel discussion.[14] Early topics included music writing, food writing, comedy writing, and memoir writing.[15] After appearing as a panelist for the Comedy Writing seminar,[16] Ben Blacker returned to moderate the TV Writing seminar,[17] and the series has since become a collaboration with Nerdist[18] entitled the Nerdist Writer’s Panel, with Blacker as the sole moderator.[19]


826LA has become well known for hosting creative and entertaining fundraisers. In August 2008, 826LA hosted the Echo Park Lake Paddle Boat Regatta.[20] In 2009, they hosted the first annual Craft Beer Fest at the Echoplex in Echo Park.[21][22]

In 2010, Judd Apatow and Dave Eggers hosted an event called "I Found This Funny: An Evening of Music and Comedy." The event featured Lindsay Buckingham, Randy Newman, Garry Shandling, Aziz Ansari, Maria Bamford, and Ryan Adams.[23] 826LA also hosted a celebrity spelling bee in 2010 called "Spelling Bee for Cheaters," which featured John Krasinski, Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze, and Jimmy Kimmel.[24][25]

In 2011, director and photographer Spike Jonze and actress Miranda July competed in a ping-pong tournament to raise funds for 826LA, raising around $30,000.[26]

In 2012, 826LA hosted the Judd and Jon Music and Comedy Hour(s), a music and comedy fundraiser featuring headliners Jon Brion and Judd Apatow, along with Pee Wee Herman, The RZA, Bob Newhart, Peter Frampton, Colin Quinn, and Ray Romano. The event raised over $250,000.[27]

Roar Shack Reading Series

In 2012, 826LA became host to the Roar Shack Reading Series founded by David Rocklin, a Los Angeles-based community of writers who come together on the second Sunday of every month. The event consists of featured readers and a live write. Featured readers in the past have included Natashia Deón (author of Grace: A Novel), Martin Pousson (author of Black Sheep Boy), and Brian Sonia-Wallace (poet). For each live write, an audience suggested prompt is assigned and two writers are chosen to write and perform.


  1. ^[1]Archived October 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^[2]Archived December 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^"News - 826LA To Release 'Chickens In Love' Compilation". FILTER Magazine. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^the BEAT (2010-03-02). "the BEAT: Do It. Pledge to 826LA's 'Chickens in Love.'". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  5. ^"Community Photoworks (Press Release)". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  6. ^"Dead Author Readings: Patton Oswalt is William Fryer Harvey". 826LA. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  7. ^"UCB Theatre • Dead Authors". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  8. ^"Dead Author Reading, moderated by H.G. Wells: F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce". 826LA. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  9. ^Farabee, Mindy (2008-10-03). "'Frankenstein' writer back, sort of - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  10. ^GOOD (2008-12-05). "GOOD December: Dead Author Reading Tonight". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  11. ^"Dead Author Reading with J.R.R. Tolkien". 826LA. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  12. ^"Dead Author Reading with The Brothers Grimm". 826LA. 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  13. ^"Our first adult seminar a huge success!". 826LA. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
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  16. ^Gray, Alysia (2010-05-03). "Putting the Comedy in Comedy Writing | NBC Southern California". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  17. ^"Adult Writing Seminar Series: TV Writing". 826LA. 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  18. ^"Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Roundup « Nerdist". 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  19. ^"Hot Shows Happening at Nerdist Theater at Meltdown This Week! « Nerdist". 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  20. ^Mikulan, Steven (2013-10-03). "Echo Park Paddle Boat Regatta | The Informer | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
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  22. ^Pat Saperstein (2009-03-23). "Eating L.A.: Craft Beer Fest L.A. debuts: by and for local beer geeks". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  23. ^"Ministry of Gossip". Los Angeles Times. 2010-10-30. 
  24. ^"Celebs Compete In 'Spelling Bee For Cheaters' To Benefit 826LA". 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  25. ^  (2010-07-09). "826LA's Spelling Bee for Cheaters | Jacket Copy | Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
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  27. ^"Thank you, Judd Apatow!". 826LA. 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

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