We all may have a story to tell about how Coronavirus has affected our lives and this is my story. There's no sitting in front of the TV in this story.
Three weeks ago on March 6th, I was working my part-time delivery job on foot. I promised myself to not ride my bike in the rain for deliveries anymore, because I found that it’s not worth it to have soaking wet feet in 30-40º weather. I had two deliveries from Apple which I was holding under my poncho. I came up to a puddle right at the curb and decided to jump over the puddle, only to land and slip on the metal rim that rounds the curbs here in NYC. My reaction was to catch myself, but since I had no reach with the poncho I put out my left hand to try and break the fall. My fall was broken by the middle finger on my left hand which looked broken after I got up. The pain was awful and I was annoyed by a few things, but the biggest thing I worried about was entering a hospital while Coronavirus was starting to go into full swing. I still had to finish my deliveries, so I walked about 6 blocks with a fucked up finger. My next move was to go straight to the hospital so that I could get immediate care. When I got there, they had roped off the emergency room, they gave me a face mask and I was taken care of. Luckily the finger was not broken and I had been reading a physical therapy book for a few months now which helped me feel more relieved about how to recover fast.
Skip a week later to Friday the 13th, some work places decided it’s time for their staff to start working from home, so that’s what I did. I was on foot again for my delivery job, but I felt that I wasn’t able to get as much done without my bike and took the risk of riding with a fucked up finger. It paid off. I got more deliveries and things started to get really busy as New York City was starting to prepare for social distancing. I felt two things pulling me, one was that I still needed to work both my jobs in order to pay the bills and the other was thinking that there will be a lot of people staying home who will need food delivered. With each growing day, more and more reports came out urging people to stay home. Though service workers and those alike such as essential businesses were still able to stay afloat in order to help those in need. I decided to step up and continue on my delivery job. People have been extremely appreciative for the delivery service and I feel good about being there to help. I do the same thing when it rains and snows, jump on the opportunity to make money and help people who would much rather stay home.
Riding in the city for the weeks of social distancing has been absolutely the most stress free fun riding I’ve ever experienced in NYC. The streets are bare, the avenues are open for super fast riding. I’ve been riding my bike as my main transportation for the last 20+ years and this is a dream come true. I get to ride around safely and take pictures of my dream city. I made many observations about humanity in these weeks, some beautiful and some disturbing. I realized now that I have been working out by riding 7 days in a row (the first week of social distancing) versus my usual 4 days a week and I have averaged about 15-20 miles each evening. That’s a major workout and I feel like I’m training for something. As far as eating, I’m trying to cook good nutrient rich food with lots of protein (meatless) and veggies, I also do smoothies at home to boost my immune system . This helps keep my energy up for the long rides. I’ve been to more drug stores in the last 7 days that I hit in an entire two months. There are police stationed at all drug stores in the city I think primarily to keep the order with toilet paper and other in demand supplies.
I've always wanted to get a picture of the New York Public Library without people, I just didn't think it would be under these circumstances.
I made sure to get the media response in Times Square (pic below). We're always watching tv shows and movies, so this shot is surreal if you think about it. The streets are empty and the giant monitor reads "Economic Crisis", also do you see "End Times Fun" on the other billboard?
I've delivered from this place a few times. There's a separate entrance for take out, but everyone uses it to enter anyway. This place is packed with tourists and it's quite uncomfortable to stand in there and wait for anything. As I rolled passed, that's what I thought of. The teeming and bustling sounds and crowds of people.
Here's a picture of the area that's packed with people and line ropes for the lines to get into the Shubert Theatre.
I have to say that I’m extremely grateful to be able to still work both of my jobs and help other people out at the same time. I’m extremely grateful that my house renovations are 98% complete so we can enjoy being at home with our fur babies. The next thing is to start painting and other house work. There are a lot of people now without work now so to that I say "start applying to drug stores, they will need help stocking and filling shifts". Help humanity and your neighbors.
I have to say that I’m extremely grateful to be able to still work both of my jobs and help other people out at the same time. I’m extremely grateful that my house renovations are 98% complete so we can enjoy being at home with our fur babies. The next thing is to start painting and other house work. There are a lot of people now without work and to that I say start applying to drug stores, they will need help stocking and filling shifts. Help humanity and your neighbors.
I hope you enjoy my photos and video of a social distancing New York.