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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Life in the time of coronavirus

We are not accustomed to destruction looking, at first, like emptiness. The coronavirus pandemic is disorienting in part because it defies our normal cause-and-effect shortcuts to understanding the world. The source of danger is invisible; the most effective solution involves willing paralysis; we won't know the consequences of today's actions until two weeks have passed. Everything circles a bewildering paradox: other people are both a threat and a lifeline. Physical connection could kill us, but civic connection is the only way to survive.
-- Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker
As the number of new cases of Covid in New York State continues to fall -- 674 on Tuesday, a number that would have been hair-on-fire alarming only a few months ago -- New York City is finally easing into Phase I reopening. A few more stores are doing curbside pickups, more restaurants are open for takeout, construction has started up again.

These playgrounds in Hell's Kitchen are still padlocked. I can't imagine that many parents will be letting their kids run around there even when they do reopen.

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