NEW YORK – The city that never slept for most of last week was a starting point. Famous stores were put on board after days of unrest. The Broadway auditorium is on and the subway will no longer run during the day.
But three shameless months later, New York City will try to turn the page again after being hit by a coronavirus for the first time since Monday, then raging for racism and police brutality.
At least for now the virus is off – New York is tightening restrictions that will shut down many parts of school, business and city life in March.
Construction, manufacturing, wholesalers and formerly ‘non-essential’ retailers can operate again with restrictions. Vendors may reopen for distribution and reception, although customers will still not be able to browse inside.
It is a mistake as the city tries to get back to business after it became the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, and is suffering from riots that killed more than five hundred people in one day at the top in mid-April. Overall, more than 21,000 people worldwide have been confirmed as potentially COVID-19.
Against issues ranging from creating social distance on the subway to restoring public confidence in the police, can the city be grouped again? What can New York do?
Edwin Ars thinks so. A chef at a Manhattan restaurant, when it reopened this week for takeouts and deliveries, he found more customers than expected.
“As a city, we’re ready to come back, ready to live – albeit with new realities,” said Mas, and the 6-foot (2-meter) separation, 31, says Ars, “the new normal.”
Sam Solomon wondered how normal it would be.
“I don’t know if it will ever look like this,” said Solomon, a 22-year-old health worker.
After months of relative isolation, “it would be a combination to be so close to so many people,” said the landlord of New York, who never thought he would get used to the crowd.
The city woke up again when the warm weather dragged people outside, the city woke up even more, recently, thousands of people protested in protest of the murder of George Floyd by the Mernipolis police.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the subway ridership returns about 5.4 million trips per week in February.
Passengers will get their subway schedules back to normal Mondays, with signs that people will try to stand farther on the platform – or try to show that the shutdown will continue from 1 to 5 a.m. starting in early May, allowing trains to be cleared.
But if the city tries to recover economically, will the virus return?
“It’s going to be a big test,” said Dr. Urban, chairman of medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital in the suburbs of Minneapolis. Bruce Polsky said.
Health experts say months of social distance, wearing masks, hand washing, shock and fear have made New York better prepared to control the coronavirus, health experts said.
However, Dr. Ian Lipkin, an epidemiologist at Columbia University who was Covid-19 himself in March, feared the virus could spread during the protests after Floyd’s death on May 25.
The toll of the virus in life – frustration and fatigue give him courage: “It is very difficult to see how we will recover.”
Meanwhile, some retailers opened stores in Manhattan and several other areas after protests last week over several nights of burglary.
Sax Fifth Avenue has its windows made of plywood, chain link fence and razor wire. Macy’s says it “takes things by the day” when they should start serving in the canteen of their iconic flagship store, which broke down a week ago.
Life was lifted on Sunday night, a day earlier than planned, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After all the erosion and abandonment, Monday’s milestone came as public attention turned to protests, demands for police reform, and outrage about the behavior and conduct of officials against protesters.
A Democrat, Mayor Bill de Blasio, promised on Sunday that he would speed up discipline for probation officers and remove some money from policing to social services. But he emphasized Monday’s biography “as a moment to celebrate every New Yorker.”
Jonathan Bowles, a city policy expert, questioned whether the city was safe enough and what to expect.
“All eyes will be on New York this coming month,” said Bowles, executive director of the Center for Urban Futures. “The city now needs to prove that what it is doing really knows that it can still be a dense city like New York and still innovate.”
Of course, New York City soon had to prove itself – after the population decline and financial crisis in the 1930s, after the crime of the 1960s, after 9-11.
“You can’t hold us back,” said Carlo Schisura, president of the construction sector group at the New York Building Congress. “We can go down a bit but we’ll just go back.”
Associated Press medical writer Carla K. Johnson contributed from the state of Washington.
Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press