It’s a sunny Monday morning a week after Labor Day, the official start of autumn in the United States. Manhattan looks peaceful and sleepy. The streets are as if swept empty, the silence eerie. Most of the employees and managers who normally rush to their Midtown Manhattan offices still work from home. Tourists who otherwise stand at street corners and try to find their way around with the help of their mobile phones or enjoy their morning coffee in the cafés have not come. Neither private cars nor yellow taxis, trucks or sightseeing buses clog the streets.