- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Metal police barricades were still up blocking entrances to Central Park. But intrepid New Yorkers entered anyway to enjoy the outdoors, a day after a snowstorm shut down most of the city.

They were surprised to find about 7 inches of snow instead of several feet as had been forecast.

Among them was Susanne Payot, a cabaret singer whose rehearsal on Tuesday was canceled.

Since schools also were canceled and subways weren’t running yet, she and her daughters took their golden retriever Alvin for a walk in the park.

The city made parks off limits Monday night for fear of falling tree branches due to the snowfall. The ban was lifted Tuesday.

Looking around her, Payot said: “I don’t understand why the whole city shut down because of this.”

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