Nobody who has lived in Queens for awhile is surprised that the borough has to wait in line behind Manhattan - and now Brooklyn! - when it comes to city services.
I lived in Flushing in February 1969 when 18 inches of snow fell on the city. The snow plows managed to clear the streets of Manhattan pretty fast, but for us residents of the boondocks the situation was quite different. We managed to dig out our sidewalks and driveways, but the plows were nowhere to be seen. Many streets went days without being plowed.
The anger of Queens residents became headline news and threatened the re-election of Mayor John Lindsay. But by November the affair had blown over and the city was basking in the glory of those Queens residents, the New York Mets, who had just won their first World Series. Lindsay was re-elected, and Queens remains a step-child to this day.
These photos were taken after that blizzard around our home on 41st Avenue and 154th Street. That's my Dad and Sister manning the shovels.