Photography: Springtime in Quarantined New York Part 12
Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic back in mid-March, I’ve only been on public transportation once — back when I started this series. So without my own transportation, I’m generally limited to the neighborhoods of Corona, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Elmhurst, and at the furthest maybe Sunnyside, if I feel up to it. Usually, I don’t. Plus, places with public bathrooms aren’t really a thing at the moment — and I sincerely doubt they’ll be a thing for a while.
In the handful of instances I’ve left Queens since the pandemic started, I’ve managed to get a ride. Of course, I’m grateful for those occasions it has happened. Most of the Manhattan portions of this series wouldn’t have been possible. (Shoutouts to this relatively new but very interesting Instagram account: The City That Slumbers for the assistance.)
Memorial Day Weekend 2020 has been a memorable one — and for all the wrong reasons: 100,000+ Americans have died from COVID-19 as a result of the criminal and cartoonish malfeasance, incompetence and venality of the Trump Administration. The economic gains we’ve managed post 2007-2008 economic collapse have disappeared in a matter of two months. 38 million+ Americans are unemployed and millions more are worried about how they’re going to keep rent over their heads and food on their plates. Things are dire for so many — and the desire for a little of escape has been so urgent.
Saturday, I got a ride and we made several stops across town for photographs, which began with a stop at my beloved regular bar, Clem’s, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and a lookout point off the Belt Parkway, near the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. Check out photos from the afternoon and evening below.