The metropolis and the virus – Is New York “Forever Dead”?

Labor Day usually starts New York’s busy autumn hustle and bustle. This time, however, everything is different due to the corona, the wounds are fresh, the worries are great – and there is heated discussion: Is the time of the metropolis over or can it come back? The coronavirus is leaving its mark in New York
Only a few are on the road: a woman with a face mask walks across the street in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Thick panes of glass delimit the outdoor viewing platform “The Edge” in the “Hudson Yards” district: viewed from above, you cannot see the wounds that the corona pandemic caused in New York. A woman with a protective mask crosses a street in Chinatown: Almost 3,000 small shops and restaurants have reportedly closed since the beginning of the pandemic. Summer in New York is clearly defined by two public holidays. It starts – even if meteorologists see it differently – every year on Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, and ends on Monday (September 7th) with Labor Day, the first Monday in September. Afterwards, the metropolis usually pulls full steam ahead into the hustle and bustle of autumn: people are coming back from vacation or their holiday homes in the surrounding area, the new school year starts and top-class events such as fashion week, film festivals or the UN General Assembly are coming up.

The corona virus has the city firmly under control

This year, however, the corona pandemic has the metropolis firmly under control – and almost everything is different. The major cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera or the Broadway theaters have already canceled all regular performances by the end of the year. Festivals, Fashion Week and the UN General Assembly have largely been moved to the Internet. Fitness studios, smaller cultural providers such as comedy clubs and also restaurants, bars and cafes, which are currently only allowed to open outside areas, hope for many more warm weeks in order to be able to continue generating at least a little bit of sales – and are looking towards autumn with great concern. Almost 3,000 small shops and restaurants have reportedly closed since the beginning of the pandemic, and signs reading “Shop for rent” can be seen on almost every street. Many New Yorkers are concerned about which facility will run out of breath next. “Very high numbers of people are leaving the city”. Almost 60 million tourists visited New York in 2019. The number fell so sharply this year that even the tourism authority had to release most of its employees. Many residents either want to stay longer in their holiday homes or have moved away completely. “There are very large numbers of people leaving the city,” says the director of a school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, while she uses video to inform parents about the upcoming school year. Almost 20 percent of the children at their school have already been de-registered, and several teachers have left the city.

With more than a million children and teenagers, New York’s public school system is the largest in the United States. Online learning has been popular since March, but – unlike in other large areas such as Los Angeles or San Francisco – face-to-face lessons are to be offered again at least in part. Because the teachers’ union had health concerns, the start of school had to be postponed by several days. More than a third of parents still want to leave their children at home for online lessons only. Other parents fear that it is only a matter of time before the entire school district switches back to online learning. “I signed up my son for face-to-face tuition, but only so that he could start the year with at least a bit of new normality,” says one mother.

There is great concern about another wave

New York is actually now a model student in the pandemic: In the spring, the metropolis was the epicenter in the USA, and in some cases more than 500 people died in the city with around eight million inhabitants every day. But now the infection rate has stabilized at a low level. Across New York State, tens of thousands of tests a day usually come back less than one percent positive. Nonetheless, the shock of spring, when the sirens roared through the empty streets and the hospitals rented refrigerated trucks for corpses, is deep. And because the numbers are higher in the rest of the country and in many other parts of the world, there is great concern about another wave.

The changes cannot be overlooked

The city has changed. The unemployment rate has skyrocketed, as has the demand in soup kitchens. The number of shootings has increased significantly compared to previous years, but is still far from the level of the 80s and 90s, when the streets of the metropolis were widely considered dangerous. Due to the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality, the graffiti has returned to its hometown in many places, which had become much cleaner in recent years – for some critics even too clean. Curious scene in the White House: the network mocks Serbia’s president. The discussion has long broken out: Is the time of New York over, is New York “forever dead”, as the entrepreneur James Altucher claimed in a well-received online article? If – as now – the opportunities for entrepreneurs, culture and restaurants continue to fall away, the city will no longer be able to recover, argues Altucher. He quickly got headwind from one of the most prominent New Yorkers of all: Jerry Seinfeld. “We will continue with New York City,” wrote the comedian in the “New York Times”. “And it will come back for sure.”

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