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Empty Streets in NYC? Photo Safari Documents Coronavirus Historical Moment

No matter how long you’ve been living in New York, you have never seen deserted streets on a Monday morning. Here’s what it looks like

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

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Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Washington Square

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Washington Square

Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge

Cadman Plaza

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Cadman Plaza

Saks on 5th Avenue

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Saks on 5th Avenue

St. Patrick's Cathedral

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

Washington Square Park

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Washington Square Park

Fifth Ave at 
54th street  during the Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Grace Russo Bullaro

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Fifth Ave at 54th street during the Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Grace Russo Bullaro

Fifth Ave and 53

Bullaro Fifth Ave and 53

Fifth Ave and 53

Queensboro Bridge

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Queensboro Bridge

Fifth Avenue and 56 street

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Fifth Avenue and 56 street

Rockefeller Center

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Rockefeller Center

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Fifth Avenue at 54th Street

The normality in our lives has been swallowed up by the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is no other way to look at it. No matter how full and hectic your life was before the pandemic, as a result of the stay-at-home restrictions, at least for those of us who have embraced the need to safeguard ourselves and our communities, life has shrunk to a few major concerns such as staying healthy both physically and mentally, and making sure we have the basic needs. Vacations have been cancelled, sports activities either curtailed or re-imagined, parties and get-togethers banished.

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Washington Square Park

And yet it struck me that, as was the case for 9/11, once again we are living through a historic moment. These too are days and impressions that you will recount to your children and grandchildren. The difference is that while during 9/11 people found solace in congregating and sharing their shock, their grief and their anger, today, during the Coronavirus pandemic, we live in solitude.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

As in some futuristic dystopic movie, New York City streets have been practically emptied of human beings. Even the light vehicular traffic looks eerie because so different from the frustrating jams we’re used to. Where are the throngs of people that on 365 days of the year jostle each other and fill the pavements? Or the noise and chaos of a workday?

Saks on 5th Avenue

Or the tourists waving from the lurid sight-seeing buses and clogging up all the attractions that NYC has to offer?

So, to see this phantasmagorical sight for myself, I decided to go on a photo safari through the city.

Brooklyn Bridge

The upper East side and the Miracle Mile on Madison Ave; Saks 5th Ave and Rockefeller Center; the Queensboro Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge; Washington Square and Cadman Plaza, it was New York City as I had never seen it before.

Cadman Plaza

This will be the face of the pandemic in NYC that I will remember in the future.

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