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These NYC Snow Photos Show Us What New York Looks Like Without All The People

01/27/2015 10:42am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

Winter Storm Juno hit New York City Monday night, but the "potentially historic" snowfall Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke of kinda forgot to make a showing.

Not that we're complaining about missing out on three to five feet of snow, but some people are giving NYC a hard time for overreacting and shutting down the roads and subways.

But with those shut down roads and few inches of snow came some really, really beautiful photos of something we rarely get to see -- New York City streets and roads almost totally empty. Check out the pictures below to see the quiet stillness Juno brought to the city that never sleeps until it snows:

10th Avenue

Grand Central

Times Square

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Williamsburg Bridge

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Penn Station

22nd & Broadway

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Financial District

Central West Park

3rd Avenue

5th Avenue

Upper West Side

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CAMBRIDGE, MA - JANUARY 27: A pedestrian runs through Cambridge as snow is cleared on January 27, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston, and much of the Northeast, is being hit with heavy snow from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A woman carrying coffee walks up an empty Commonwealth Avenue January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston residents are experiencing a heavy snow storm with blizzard conditions set to leave over two feet of snow. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
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CAMBRIDGE, MA - JANUARY 27: A member of the Harvard Ski team makes her way down John F. Kennedy Street on January 27, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston, and much of the Northeast, is being hit with heavy snow from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A pedestrian makes her way through the strong wind and snow in the Back Bay neighborhood during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Up to three feet of snow is expected to hit parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY USA - JANUARY 27 2015 - A littel girl plays on the street. Snow continued to fall at the Federal Hall Memorial on Wall Street in the Financial District, early Tuesday morning on January 27, 2015. In New York City, the blizzard did not amount to what was originally predicted. Photo: Andrew Renneisen/dpa
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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A bicyclist pedals over snow January 27, 2015 along an empty Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. Public transportation in Boston has been shut down due to a heavy snow storm with blizzard conditions set to leave over two feet of snow. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
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A woman has her picture taken as she stands in the middle of a street in New York's Times Square after a snowstorm on January 27, 2015. A blizzard initially billed as possibly one of the worst ever in New York left only moderate snow in the Big Apple -- and officials and forecasters red-faced -- as New England bore the brunt of the storm on January 27. Travel bans were lifted and limited public transport resumed in New York, where officials were forced to launch a vigorous defense of the measures put in place as Winter Storm Juno moved in on Monday. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A family plays in the snow in Copley Square during the blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Up to three feet of snow is expected to hit parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: Locals walk their dog through the strong wind and snow in the Back Bay neighborhood during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Up to three feet of snow is expected to hit parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Kids sled on January 27, 2015 in Carl Schurz Park in New York. Snow levels from winter storm Juno in New York has ranged from 7.8 inches in Central Park to more than 28 inches in Eastern Long Island. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
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A man wearing plastic bags on his feet crosses a snowy avenue in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Bianca Hillier, left, of Columbus, Ohio, and Eloise Pollard of London take advantage of a snowtorm travel ban to do something they never envisioned: making snow angels on a normally busy stretch of Manhattan’s Tenth Avenue at West 34th Street in New York, Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 75 mph, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City, which canceled its travel ban in the morning amid better-than-expected weather conditions. (AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz)
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A man walks down an empty street during what would normally be the morning commute following a winter storm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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A young girl plays with a shovel following an overnight snowstorm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Lisetta Shah cross-country skis on Commercial Street in Portland, Maine, Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015, during a winter storm in downtown Portland, Maine. "I'll probably never get another chance to ski in the city," she said, explaining why she was outing the blizzard. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Gray have said that much of southern Maine will see 12 to 18 inches of snow, while small bands of intense snowfall will increase those totals in localized areas. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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A man wearing a New York Yankees cap shovels the sidewalk January 27, 2015 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. Tens of millions of Americans along the northeast coast buckled down Tuesday for another day following a snowstorm that shut down New York and other major cities.AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A man cross country skis north on Central Park West on the morning of January 27, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, was hit with heavy overnight snow from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Snow is cleared from a Brooklyn street the morning after a major winter storm on January 27, 2015 in New York City. Despite dire predictions, New York City was spared the worst of the storm, receiving up to a foot of snow in some areas. Subway buses were closed overnight while roadways were open only to emergency vehicles. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A woman jogs through Central Park which remained closed on the morning of January 27, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, was hit with heavy overnight snow from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Traffic begins to move through Central Park on the morning of January 27, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, was hit with heavy overnight snow from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A plow drives on the sidewalk on Central Park West on January 27, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, was hit with heavy overnight snow from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A man clears snow in Brooklyn the morning after a major winter storm on January 27, 2015 in New York City. Despite dire predictions, New York City was spared the worst of the storm, receiving up to a foot of snow in some areas. Subway buses were closed overnight while roadways were open only to emergency vehicles. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A man clears snow in Brooklyn the morning after a major winter storm on January 27, 2015 in New York City. Despite dire predictions, New York City was spared the worst of the storm, receiving up to a foot of snow in some areas. Subway buses were closed overnight while roadways were open only to emergency vehicles. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A man clears snow in Brooklyn the morning after a major winter storm on January 27, 2015 in New York City. Despite dire predictions, New York City was spared the worst of the storm, receiving up to a foot of snow in some areas. Subway buses were closed overnight while roadways were open only to emergency vehicles. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A man walks through the snow in Brooklyn the morning after a major winter storm on January 27, 2015 in New York City. Despite dire predictions, New York City was spared the worst of the storm, receiving up to a foot of snow in some areas. Subway buses were closed overnight while roadways were open only to emergency vehicles. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A man walks through the snow in Brooklyn the morning after a major winter storm on January 27, 2015 in New York City. Despite dire predictions, New York City was spared the worst of the storm, receiving up to a foot of snow in some areas. Subway buses were closed overnight while roadways were open only to emergency vehicles. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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A woman shovels a sidewalk January 27, 2015 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. Tens of millions of Americans along the northeast coast buckled down Tuesday for another day following a snowstorm that shut down New York and other major cities. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: A man looks for work shovelling snow in Brooklyn the morning after a major winter storm on January 27, 2015 in New York City. Despite dire predictions, New York City was spared the worst of the storm, receiving up to a foot of snow in some areas. Subway buses were closed overnight while roadways were open only to emergency vehicles. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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A man uses a snow blower to clean his driveway January 27, 2015 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. Tens of millions of Americans along the northeast coast buckled down Tuesday for another day following a snowstorm that shut down New York and other major cities. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman steps over a pile of snow on a street January 27, 2015 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. Tens of millions of Americans along the northeast coast buckled down Tuesday for another day following a snowstorm that shut down New York and other major cities. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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A man plows the sidewalk and street January 27, 2015 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. Tens of millions of Americans along the northeast coast buckled down Tuesday for another day following a snowstorm that shut down New York and other major cities. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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WINTHROP, MA - JANUARY 27: A man walks his dog down snow covered Shirley Street January 27, 2015 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. An overnight blizzard hit the region bringing strong wind gusts and up to two feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: A man walks down mostly empty streets following road closures in Times Square on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)