Virus and the City: Avoid Walking on the West Side in the 30s

I took a different route on my walk yesterday. My plan was to take pictures of the empty Times Square. I went uptown on 7th Avenue, and back home on 8th. What I found was when you get to the 30s, both avenues have been kinda taken over by people dealing with mental illness and anger issues. I wasn’t entirely comfortable, I must admit. I walked in the street through those stretches, (and it was safe for me to do so).

Even though it was mostly empty, pictures taken during the day just don’t convey the post-apocalyptic feel of Times Square. So I took a picture of a side street, showing no one going to the shows. And …

The steps to the main Post Office building taken over by pigeons. I love pigeons so this I was happy to see (and not the unfortunate homeless person).

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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