We’re bringing you a special early edition of Monday’s New York Today to help you prepare for the storm.
Weather: Your day is all about the snow.
Five to eight inches are expected to accumulate between Sunday afternoon and 7 a.m. Monday in the New York City area, according to the National Weather Service.
Watch out for ice, especially slippery roads and walkways.
“It is going to be treacherous out there,” said Steven Costas, first deputy commissioner of New York City’s Sanitation Department.
New Jersey’s governor declared a state of emergency, starting at 3 p.m. Sunday.
“Travel could be very difficult,” the Weather Service said. “The hazardous conditions could impact those traveling Sunday night, and the Monday morning commute.”
And bundle up. Temperatures start dropping into the low 30s on Sunday afternoon, but the windchill may make the outdoors feel like the low 20s or teens.
More than 2,000 plows and salt spreaders were out on Saturday to clear away the earlier snowfall in New York City, officials said. They will be back on the streets on Sunday night.
“We have 695 salt spreaders and 1,500 plows ready to go,” the Sanitation Department said.
If you’re feeling cranky about your Monday morning, it could be worse.
There’s a major cold snap across much of the central and eastern regions of the country. Temperatures in the Midwest could be 20 to 30 degrees below normal. Wind chills may reach minus 55 in the Northern Plains.
How Cuomo Is (Still) Wooing Amazon
Last year, Amazon announced plans to open a major campus in New York City.
On Valentine’s Day, it called the whole thing off.
Then, Governor Cuomo began a campaign to woo it back.
Here’s what you need to know:
• The Times broke the news that Mr. Cuomo had spoken to multiple Amazon executives by phone over the last two weeks, including the company’s owner, Jeff Bezos. That they even took his calls after the deal’s collapse is a ray of hope for supporters.
• The Times also reported that a prominent critic of the plan, State Senator Michael Gianaris, is no longer set to join an obscure state panel that could have given him veto power over the deal. Leroy Comrie, a Queens state senator, recently replaced Mr. Gianaris as the nominee to the panel, known as the Public Authorities Control Board.
• The day after that news broke, a full-page ad appeared in The Times, signed by more than 70 prominent supporters, urging Mr. Bezos to reconsider. The ad said Mr. Cuomo would “take personal responsibility for the project’s state approval.”
• On the day the ad appeared, Mr. Cuomo said in a radio interview that Mr. Gianaris and another prominent critic of the deal, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, were “irrelevant because there are other ways the state can get it done.”
• As one Albany reporter humorously noted, Mr. Cuomo’s latest push seemed to resemble an article from the satirical news outlet The Onion, which pictured the governor furiously chasing down a limousine carrying Mr. Bezos.
The takeaway: This is not all about Amazon. The company hasn’t commented, and Mr. Cuomo said he had no reason to believe the deal was back on. But Mr. Cuomo is signaling to other businesses: New York is still primed for deals that create jobs.
From The Times
• A.O.C’s chief of staff: A conservative group claimed Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff may have circumvented campaign finance law. [New York Post]
• Rezoning: Artists in NoHo and SoHo are concerned that the proposed rezoning of their neighborhoods will lead to displacement. [Curbed]
• Back story: The movie “Green Book” was based on real events that began in New York City. [WNYC]
Coming up Monday
Because of the winter storm, it’s best to check before you go.
Every Monday during Women’s History Month, the Hamilton Fish library branch will screen a movie about trailblazing women, starting today with “Hidden Figures.” 11 a.m. [Free]
A night of barbecue and board games at Queens Bully in Forest Hills. 6 p.m. [Free with food or drink purchase]
The New York Public Library’s dance division celebrates its 75th anniversary at the Bruno Walter Auditorium on the Upper West Side. 6 p.m. [Free]
An interactive puppet show about the New York City subway at the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg. 4 p.m. [$20, includes complimentary wine]
— Iman Stevenson
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.
And finally: Mardi Gras and king cake
Mardi Gras, which ends Tuesday, is a celebration of the decadent. So is New York.
And yet, Mardi Gras’s famous dessert — the king cake — never really arrived in New York.
The cakes are large yeasted pastries (more of a cinnamon roll than a birthday cake) topped with icing and glittery sprinkles. A plastic baby is hidden inside the loaf. Whoever gets the slice with the figurine inside is “king” for the day and obligated to host next year’s Mardi Gras party.
“No one has a king cake” in New York, said St. John Frizell, a restaurateur who lived in New Orleans for a decade before moving here in 1999.
He was exaggerating, but only a little. A handful of New York establishments sell it, including Whole Foods and some fancy bakeries.
Yet, finding good king cake is hard. One man jokingly wrote on Twitter that he was quitting his job “to open a full-time king cake bakery in NYC because I can’t find a single place that reliably sells them.”
When asked if he served king cake at his restaurant in Red Hook, Mr. Frizell laughed.
“You would never see it at a restaurant,” he said. “You do want to experience it, not for the taste but for the sensation of sharing with friends and family at Mardi Gras time.”
If you’d like to try making a king cake for your house party, try this New York Times Cooking recipe that serves up to 12.
It’s Sunday — dish up something for your friends.
Thinking of Our Bench
I was thinking of our bench in Central Park today,
The one across from the dirt-patch field that seemed to catch each gust of wind.
The one where we said that very sorry goodbye
That floated in the air,
Joining the other goodbyes
On that very bench
In that very park
In this very city.
— Diana Sanchez