W42ST Daily 5/21/2020

In my previous life as a news and sports photographer, Zoom was a different thing. It was a lens that could be used for special effects – a clever, high-impact image – but not often (it became a tedious cliché after a while). It was not the real thing – that was a prime lens, the best glass Nikon or Canon or Leica could make. Crisp and clear.

Last night we toyed with connecting with friends, but we were “zoomed out.”  It wasn’t that we had been on Zoom all day (we’d had calls and meetings in the “new normal” WFH sense).  We’re just ready to get back to normal. Focused, not blurred around the edges. The novelty of Zoom is wearing off — it’s all a blur.

I’m reading that social distancing on an escalator is defined as three steps apart. I’m considering whether I’d swap this for the civilized days of when Port Authority first opened. Those hats, the politeness, the cleanliness? How about you? Read about when PA was nice (!) at W42ST.com.

The last few months have been hard on all of us – financially, emotionally, physically. One thing we’ve come to truly value is the importance of community – “our” people. Thank you for all your messages of love, support, and laughter – you’ve been a lifeline.

Some of you have asked if you can help financially. And, while it’s hard to ask when so many are struggling, if you are in a position to support us, any contribution, no matter how small, will help ensure the survival of W42ST.

The Gothamist has made a valiant effort to help us know whether we can go to the beach this weekend. Let me warn you, it’s complicated!

Looks like dating profiles have reached a whole new level. Swipe…

This designer has some neat ideas that could transform the face of dining out in NYC. Space out…

Tonight, the Empire State Building and other city landmarks will go green in honor of parks workers. #GoingGreenForParkies

Last week, daily subway ridership passed the 600,000 mark for the first time in two months. Ride…

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