Bill Farrell turned his orange Chevrolet truck down a side street packed with snow in his quiet corner of Queens.
Five hours later, he was still there, trying to clear enough snow to back his car out of a drift.
“I thought I could make it,” the retired sanitation worker said ruefully.
Farrell, 55, was trying to deliver the newspaper to the rows of suburban-style homes where the snow drifts piled higher than Christmas decorations. The basic service of newspaper delivery was one of many that have eluded his neighbors in Howard Beach since a snowstorm dropped 20 inches on the city. He hadn’t seen many in Queens for two days, he said.