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Yesterday I decided to make a trip into Manhattan while New York City is still on pause. I calculated that on Monday, May 25th, the least amount of people would be using public transportation because it was a national holiday: Memorial Day. I really wanted to document the city I love while it paused for the first time ever, and capture some of the sights during this historic time. I hadn’t gone into the city for 73 days…

It usually takes about an hour for me to travel by subway from my neighborhood in Brooklyn to the center of Manhattan. Few people were out, and everyone was able to keep proper distance. Most people were also wearing masks. I made sure to wear my mask, gloves, and carry plenty of hand sanitizer!

Here you can see one of the more beautiful tributes to NY during this difficult time: the famous ice skating rink in Rockefeller Center with the popular hashtag #NewYorkTough, and a blue map of the state beside it. Because it was Memorial Day, there was the added bonus of all the flags surrounding the rink being American flags. Usually flags from all countries of the world surround this spot.

New York City is going to be the last region in the state to reopen, probably sometime in mid-June. New Yorkers have really done their part, and the rate of infection from Covid-19 has been steadily falling, but people are still dying, and we need to stay focused and vigilant; I hope that will continue to happen. I probably won’t be going back to Manhattan for a while. It’s just safer to stay close to home.

In the WS is another iconic spot.

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