Author Archives: deborahshapiro

Flags on Fifth Avenue, July 4, 2020

In the absence of a public memorial for the 18, 611 New Yorkers* who have died of Covid-19, these flags fly at half staff on Fifth Avenue. Photo taken on Independence Day, July 4, 2020. *Source: www1.nyc.gov, updated July 7, … Continue reading

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July 4, 2020: Patriotism, Pandemic, Protests

On the holiday celebrating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, New York City remained largely in lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic. Public celebrations were cancelled and the famous Macy’s fireworks display was held in undisclosed locations. Protests against … Continue reading

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Five Months in New York City: February-June 2020

Five months have passed with excruciating speed and pain in New York City. This post is a look back on the momentous period between February and June 2020 and an attempt to give visual expression to the relentless chronology of … Continue reading

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Fire on West 101st Street

A two-alarm fire broke out on the top of a building on West 101st Street today because ┬ápeople illegally grilled hamburgers on the roof. Gray smoke billowed through the air and spread for blocks around. FDNY controlled the fire quickly … Continue reading

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Riverside Drive, April 2, 2020

 

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Spring Comes to Riverside Drive

Spring comes to New York, even when New Yorkers are indoors and afraid. We will be free again some day.  

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Restaurant on East Houston Street, around 1990

 

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Mural on the Lower East Side, 1992

Location unknown, but facing north toward the Chrysler Building and possibly Cooper Union. Artist unknown.

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Moondance Diner

From the archive: the Moondance Diner on Sixth Avenue in Soho with an amazing mural in the background.

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New York Lunar New Year Parade 2020

                         

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