Photo Essay: New York Is Still Quiet as Coronavirus Cases Start to Peak

Photo by Beatriz Ramos

By Yehudit Mam, Beatriz Ramos

April 8, 2020

As we wander a calm and quiet New York City, we realize that certain things that seemed unprecedented only a week ago now seem utterly normal.

Photos by Beatriz Ramos | Text by Yehudit Mam

The shock of seeing lonely latex gloves lying on the streets has abated. But other things have come into sharp relief: the restful silence that now envelops this city; the almost alpine air and the sounds of birds we didn’t know we had. New York will eventually return to its hustle and bustle, but some things will never be the same. These are snapshots of a moment that seems interminable but is changing very rapidly. In these uncertain times, we trust that our city will rise again. 

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