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A fall snowstorm paralyzed New York this week. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Around NYC is a roundup of noteworthy local stories the StreetEasy editorial team read this week:

How did six inches of snow paralyze the entire New York region? Thursday evening saw literally 1,000 traffic accidents, gridlock on streets and bridges, a shuttered Port Authority Bus Terminal, and pedestrians toughing it out to cross the George Washington Bridge on foot. How did this happen? [The New York Times]

Despite the snow and sleet, New Yorkers rallied in support of stronger rent protections. The march came exactly eight months before New York’s rent-stabilization laws are set to expire. [Gothamist]

Seattle denizens have a phrase for what Amazon may bring to Long Island City: a “prosperity bomb”: That means more restaurants, more infrastructure, more traffic jams and higher housing prices. [Wall Street Journal]

New York City through the eyes of Marvel Comics mastermind and NYC native Stan Lee, who died Nov. 12: “New York is a large city… and, in such a vast, sprawling metropolis you’ll find all kinds of characters and kooks,” Lee wrote in 1964. [CityLab]

The MTA’s forecast for next year looks especially grim. There are two new proposals for fare increases on tap, and service cuts are also on the horizon. It can only go up from here, right? [AMNY]

A tugboat hit a bridge, and New Jersey Transit shut down train service on Tuesday. At least the MTA is not alone in its misery. []

How many people does it take to move the Statue of Liberty’s 3,600-pound torch 470 feet? The number apparently includes an entire SWAT team. [Untapped Cities]

“Always, end on joy”: The mantra of the Clinton Hill’s Total Praise Choir. The powerful gospel group is based out of Emmanuel Baptist Church on Lafayette Avenue. Its singing has been known to halt marathoners and uplift communities.  [Curbed]

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