While many New Yorkers (several Atlas Obscura staffers included) stayed home today, hunkering down in preparation for a potentially disastrous blizzard, a couple of Staten Island ponies embraced the stallion spirit and made a decision to frolic through the empty streets.
Staten Island had about 4 inches of the snow around the time the ponies ran through the streets.
Stasio then hopped into his truck, tailing the miniature horses as they tore through the neighborhood on the South Shore of Staten Island, from Richmond Avenue up toward Hylan Boulevard.
NY1 reporter Amanda Farinacci was the first to spot them.
"I jumped in my truck because I didn't want to see them get hit by a vehicle or nothing".
"I followed them and they started running", Stasio told Gothamist.
It was not immediately clear where the ponies came from or how they got loose.
By 11:20 a.m., the ponies had been detained by police officers from the 123rd precinct and "safely returned to their owners", according to the NYPD.
"They're safe, they're in great shape", Monahan said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked the "cowboy officer" for wrangling the two ponies. They were able to use some tow rope to tie up the ponies while they figured out what to do next.