W42ST Daily 6/14/2020

I have returned to Citi Bikes. For three months, these shared vehicles have felt far too full of germs for my sensitivities. But now, I have the hand sanitizer at the ready (which I always frowned upon in the past) — so I’m good to go and am enjoying the tourist free and car light city. I’ve not started wearing a helmet though. I know, I know!

The crowds in Central Park yesterday were a wonderful reminder that I live in the greatest city in the world.  The picnic groups were all way more than 6 feet apart— mostly enjoying illegal beverages (but that’s ok right?).  We gossiped about the bigger groups: “were they really one household? Is the older guy with the three young guys with their shirts off their dad?” — there’s got to be an edge to people watching, right?  We tutted at the woman who walked through the crowds flapping her arms, not changing her path, not moving an inch.

On Friday, I watched Governor Cuomo sign an order bringing in a raft of changes to make policing in New York better, more accountable.  The hardest moment at the end was him having to sign. He knew this was a photo op — how to be socially distanced? They couldn’t  be, they didn’t.

That evening, my friend, Diana sent me a video she’d filmed across 9th Avenue.  We posted without comment in our social feeds.  The comments came in and ranged from “So nice to see people being human again” to “Where are the masks” to “The wine must be flowing freely if they’re barefoot on 9th Ave” to “Seriously? Yes this is adorable but not cool.  This is like when you start to feel better 7 pills into a 10 pill script and stop taking them. Then you wonder why you relapse.” On Facebook 67% of people liked it, 24% loved it and 9% were angry.  I’d say the majority of comments were on the theme of “more masks please!” I wear a mask…

Last night, I headed out for celebratory drinks with friends. My buddy, Paul, had landed a deal. My American friends laughed at my pronunciation of “celebratory” — apparently it’s wrong. We had a bottle of wine (or two), hence writing this with a hangover. We sat a table (undoubtedly illegal) in the street in the West Village.  We tutted at folks on Revel scooters not wearing helmets (I do wear a helmet on a scooter!). We wandered home, crossed the street on the red signal and felt “This is New York”.  We are coming back…


On March 11, photographer Jeenah Moon finished her coverage of Harvey Weinstein. He was sent to jail. She’d covered the story for two years, it was the big start to her career as a photojournalist, and she was ready to spend time relaxing at her Hell’s Kitchen home.  The next day, she was assigned to COVID-19.  See the last 90 days through her lens.


WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
How being apart has brought us together.  Read more…

Your dog’s leash is probably overdue a deep clean… Yuk…

Playwrights Horizons’ production of Pulitzer Prize winner Michael R Jackson’s A Strange Loop won big at last night’s Drama Desk Awards! Yayyy…

Great work, Manhattan Plaza! #OneNewYork Good job…


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