Photo Essay: A Surreal Look at New York City in the Age of the Coronavirus

By Anna Breuer on 22 April 2020
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Times Square, usually bustling with tourists

Over the past few weeks, Green Car Driver Editorial Director Jonathan Spira has been photographically documenting New York City.

Most streets are deserted and cultural landmarks have gone dark. Indeed, since mid-March, there has been a 90% decline in subway ridership, a 20% drop in the crime rate, a 60% decrease in traffic at the city’s busiest tunnels and bridges, and a 30% drop in air pollution, according to reports from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

In a matter of days, life in the Big Apple, where the population of 8.6 million receives 65 million visitors from across the globe each year, has been brought to a virtual standstill.

From the city’s parks to its highways and streets to theaters and restaurants, nary a soul is visible and those who are don masks and gloves.

Here’s a look at the city that, until now, never slept.

More pigeons than people at the New York Public Library


Three of New York’s finest on a deserted Park Avenue in the middle of the day

Click here to continue to Page 2 Grand Central Terminal and 42nd Street

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