New York Post: How I survived a year in a weird and empty Manhattan

New York Post: How I survived a year in a weird and empty Manhattan. “When did I realize this time was different? There is empty, and there is empty. I’ve had the run of a near-empty Midtown before, when a snowstorm, for example, kept people from commuting. But even then, global tourists walking around Times Square have been company. By the second week of last March, empty was different. Our newspaper vendor, an always-in-a-good-mood older man reliably out selling his wares by the subway, was gone. Rain, shine, heat wave, snow, he had never missed a weekday — and he hasn’t returned for a year now. Empty meant the scammy ‘charity’ solicitors with their cardboard boxes for ‘donations’ were gone.”

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