“Everything is possible here. It's not a shabby pandemic that will change that ”: New York, year zero

Posted December 17, 2020 at 7:33 p.m.- Updated December 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

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Today, the first city in the United States, hit hard by the pandemic, is a defeated face, and the one that never sleeps is on the verge of extinction, say the Cassandras.neighborhoods, the crisis stimulates creativity, awakens conviviality and finally makes rents accessible.

She had planned to return home on June 3, the twenty-fifth anniversary of her arrival in New York, her longest love affair, as she says.Confined for two and a half months in her native Kentucky, Deborah Lancaster ( name has been changed) was anxious to get back to his friends and his routine, and then, with splendid weather, in the last hours of May, riots like Manhattan had not seen since the great blackout of 1977 erupted in her neighborhood.A friend, "who is not an alarmist", a newspaper man, a resident of SoHo like her, sent her a video of the looting of a sneaker store located a stone's throw from home.them.On the soundtrack you could hear gunshots distinctly.He said, "Stay where you are." "

SoHo is unrecognizable when this advertiser decides to return home at the beginning of summer.Unreal landscape: we walk in the street between plywood walls.The atmosphere reminds her of the New York of her younger years, more bohemian, less civilized."Graffiti is back, Boomboxes, people urinating in the street, windshield washers, trash fires, all these phenomena that had practically disappeared.The sleeve is back like never before, we cannot dine outside without being accosted.The most astonishing, she continues, are these homeless people who live on the sidewalk, under scaffolding, in the East Village, with mattresses, tables, armchairs, rugs sometimes, but without walls or roof: she had nothing.seen like this for ages.Habitual in Los Angeles or San Francisco, these wild camps had not been used in Manhattan since the end of the last century.

Posted Date: 2020-12-21

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