Sullivan and Broome, SoHo NYC.
Empty train to nowhere.
In New York City, even ordinary moments can be magical, and there’s something beautiful to see everywhere you look.
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You have all made a lot of sacrifices over the past few months. You missed out on holiday gatherings. You turned down invitations to parties. You’ve gone a long time without seeing loved ones. You wore the mask everywhere. But the bottom line is, you kept yourself and your people safe. Right now we are in the “winter wave” in New York City, with 8% to 15% infection rates popping up around town. But this too shall pass. Things will turn around and we’ll leave the bad times behind us. We’re going to have a super spring and a sexy summer. Restaurants will come back. Nightlife will come back. Tourists will come back. The fun times will come back. Just hang on a little longer and keep doing what you’re doing.
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This morning’s sunrise through my bedroom window, January 31st, 2021.
We are finally on the right path again, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Always look for the guiding light in the distance and remain hopeful for better days.
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New York and New Yorkers are still standing strong in these crazy times.
Biden Victory Rally and March in New York City, November 7th. 2020.
This event was originally planned as a rally to protest Trump’s underhanded attempts to undermine the election. A coalition of groups including Black Lives Matter, gay rights activists, local community organizations, and NYC labor unions were slated to band together to protest Trump’s actions.
However, shortly before the rally started, it was announced that Joe Biden was the projected winner of the 2020 election, and instead of a protest this turned into a victory celebration. Due to the enthusiasm in the city, the rally grew very large, gaining New Yorkers that took to the streets spontaneously in large groups. Many people began celebrating with American flags, confetti, wine and champagne.
[It reminded me of a New Year’s Eve celebration].
The group took the celebration to the streets with a march from Columbus Circle (59th street) all the way to Madison Square Park (23rd street), while being cheered by onlookers along the way.
Several large spontaneous rallies appeared all over the city in similar fashion, most notably in Times Square, which ended up having to be sealed off to traffic by the police due to the sheer amount of people celebrating.
On a side note, this was an unusually warm day in NYC for November (temperatures were around 72F / 22C) and that certainly added to the large amounts of people celebrating.
“I think about you all the time” - East Village, NYC, November 2020
The new year brings us hope. Keep moving forward, and don’t look back.
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Winter in New York.
Clinton Ave, The Bronx, December 2020.
The Holiday Season in New York, 2020.