In spite of the heat wave, New Yorkers were thrilled to return to the Bronx Zoo after it had been closed since March due to the pandemic. They say the animals noticed the absence of people, and the zoo staff was definitely happy to see the public again and thanked visitors repeatedly. We heard sea lions barking, peacocks screaming, and strangest of all, the loud groans of a giant tortoise that sounded like the dragon Fafner in the Wagner opera Siegfried.
A tiger resting in the heat
The peacocks were shameless beggars
An Aldabra giant tortoise from the Seychelles, about four feet long (shell only)
Two Aldabra tortoises producing the next generation
The City of New York painted a mural running the length of the block on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets, in front of Trump Tower and facing it, reading Black Lives Matter. The mural has become the an attraction for people taking photographs and selfies. On Sunday, July 12 the block was closed to traffic and pedestrians.
Although it’s hard to see the words from street level, a steady stream of people came to take photographs on s sunny Sunday afternoon.
A woman climbed on a concrete bollard for a better angle.
A woman from Brooklyn who sells homemade masks made of kente cloth used the mural as a branding opportunity .
A group of about 30 Trump supporters held a rally.
Hedy from Brooklyn arrived early to the rally and texted her troops.
Trump Tower security man in a surgical mask (left), Secret Service agent in a mask with the presidential seal worn under the nose (right). Multiple Secret Service agents have tested positive for Covid.
A man from Westchester County north of New York City drove to the city to see the mural with his wife.
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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.
Flags fly at half staff on Fifth Avenue, New York on Independence Day 2020
*Source: www1.nyc.gov, updated July 7, 2020
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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 racism continued.
Rockefeller Center, July 4. All the statues at Rockefeller Center are wearing masks as a reminder.
The statue of Prometheus at Rockefeller Center
Atlas at Rockefeller Center. Real men wear masks.
Protesters leaving Columbus Circle on their way to Trump Tower, July 4.
July 4: A protest on Fifth Avenue calling for Trump and Pence to resign.
A two-alarm fire broke out on the top of a building on West 101st Street today due to a kitchen fire. Gray smoke billowed through the air and spread for blocks around. FDNY controlled the fire quickly and evacuated all of the residents safely, including this couple and their dog.
A firefighter rescues a couple and their dog
Firefighters having their blood oxygen levels checked
Spring comes to New York, even when New Yorkers are indoors and afraid. We will be free again some day.
West 102nd Street