REPORT – While the city set to quietly commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Big Apple will have to show resilience to recover from the most serious economic and health crisis in its history.
By Maurin Picard
The shock occurred upon waking up on Saturday March 14. Suddenly the azure sky had emptied over New York. Plus one plane take off, from Newark, La Guardia or JFK, and no longer a single helicopter cruising its staccato above the skyline. The buzz of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the fast lane through the metropolitan area, had died down. An unreal silence prevailed, plunging the megalopolis into a ambiance of anticipation film. New York, overtaken by the threat of the coronavirus, curled up on itself while waiting for the sinister ballet of ambulances and their hitherto so familiar, now so distressing sirens.
The noria came, and New York experienced “its Pearl Harbor”, according to chief medical officer Jerome Adams: 23,000 people died in city, at home or in the services ofemergency overwhelmed. The center-city has become depopulated, like the neighborhoods residential buildings in Brooklyn or Queens: 400,000 to 500,000 New Yorkers, out of 8.6 million inhabitants in total, have
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