The "unusually fast, intense storm" that blazed through New York City today was no joke. At times, the combination of falling snow and whipping winds made the simple task of crossing the street feel like a struggle. By 1 p.m., Central Park saw nine inches!

Mayor de Blasio had urged the public to avoid going outside if possible, with over 10" (maybe even up to 14") expected for the city. But for many who live and work in New York, going outside is a necessity, whether to get to a job or make sure the sidewalk is cleared.

Photographer Scott Lynch headed to a few Brooklyn neighborhoods—Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg—to see how things were faring. That snowblower must be the envy of the block.