Like a scene from 28 Days Later, lone individuals make their way across eerily quiet city streets. Not a single car disturbs the quiet on these normally traffic-clogged thoroughfares. But this isn't the zombie apocalypse, just another Manhattan Snowpocalypse.

As dawn broke, New York City had a ghostly feel to it. No planes flying overhead and no trains running underground made for an unexpected quiet.

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People cross an eerily quiet Seventh Avenue in midtown Manhattan after the promised "life-threatening" blizzard hit New York CityMike Segar/Reuters
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The normally traffic-clogged Times Square is dead quiet during the driving banJewel Samad/AFP
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Times Square the morning after the snow stormAlex Trautwig/Getty Images
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People cross a car-free West 38th Street at 6th Avenue after the snowMike Segar/Reuters

Forecasters had originally warned the storm could be historic, bringing up to three feet of snow and punishing hurricane-force winds.

As it turned out, the promised "life-threatening" blizzard mostly spared the Big Apple, which slowly blinked back to life the morning after the storm.

Travel bans were lifted by mid-morning, and buses, subways and trains were expected to restart later in the morning.

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A car travels on an empty highway in Brooklyn the morning after the snow stormSpencer Platt/Getty Images
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The tracks of the Long Island Railroad are covered in snow at the Manhasset station in New YorkShannon Stapleton/Reuters
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A lone passenger makes her way through a deserted subway station in New YorkJewel Samad/AFP
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A tugboat sails on the East River during the snow storm in New YorkJewel Samad/AFP

New York's LaGuardia International Airport recorded 11 inches of snow, and Central Park was blanketed with almost eight inches. Those who were up early enough to experience it had the silent park to themselves, before the hordes of kids with sleds invaded it – like packs of hungry zombies.

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A man jogs through an almost empty Central Park following the snow stormAlex Trautwig/Getty Images
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Not a soul – or a footprint – in sight in Central ParkAlex Trautwig/Getty Images