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Snow Removal: Gardener Responsibilities

Clearing snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of gardens after a winter weather event is the responsibility of all gardeners. 

GreenThumb's designated garden contacts should work with their memberships to make plans for snow and ice removal before and after a winter weather event.  A failure to clear sidewalks in front of gardens located on City-owned property is a violation of GreenThumb rules and the license agreement (Section C.ii).  Keeping pedestrian corridors in front of gardens clear and passable is not only important to keeping members of your community safe, but it's also the law.  Maintenance of our gardens reflects on us all as members of the gardening community.

According to the NYC Administrative Code, snow and ice most be cleared from sidewalks as shown below:

If the snow stops falling between:

• 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. - you must clear the snow within four hours

• 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. - you must clear the snow within fourteen hours

• 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. - you must clear the snow by 11:00 a.m.


What is the best way to clean snow from the sidewalk?

Remove snow along the sidewalk adjacent to your property. Do not push snow from the sidewalk into the street. Clear the snow from around the fire hydrant if there is one in front of your property. Do not cover crosswalks with snow. You should move the snow to your front yard, behind the stoop line, or to the grassy curb strip if one exists.

Where possible, try to clear a path at least four feet wide along the sidewalk. Corner property owners should clear a path to the crosswalk, including any pedestrian ramps, and where the snow has melted and creates a puddle, disperse the water away from the crosswalk. This will help people in wheelchairs, people with children in strollers, students going to school, and individuals with mobility-assistance devices.

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