The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group is collecting traces of these difficult and transformative times. If you are moved to contribute a photograph or a paragraph about the year 2020, please use this google form by the end of the year. (If you do not have a google account, you may also contribute a photograph or paragraph by email using email@example.com. Please include your name, a paragraph showing how life has changed for you since March, or remembering a neighbor who has died during this time. Ifincluding a photo, please includea caption, the date and place of the photograph. Also, advise if you wish to remain anonymous.)
April 1, 2020 Marjorie Cohen at her office
The perfect accessory for quarantine: Anthony Fauci sox
April 7, 2020 Bob Leonard 98th and Broadway
The onset of Covid-19 limited my movement, restricting me to my neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. These quadriptychs attempt to tell a story about the pandemic through artifacts and portraits of my neighbors.
May 7, 2020 John Gorham Central Park
The return of spring was a welcome distraction from the uncertainty of the first months of the virus
June 18, 2020 Win Armstrong 100th St and CPW New places for old actions: Haircut on my porch...... for me and another friend who uses the same hair cutter... on the day she came into town to arrange for return to work... people passing in street looked up, laughed and clapped... (had to take off mask in order to cut hair behind ears)
July 14, 2020 Vita Wallace North side of 106th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam
The gardens on, around, below, and above the stoops here are always fruitful and wildly wonderful. This year, the Black Lives Matter messages made them especially poignant.
July 16, 2020 Dan Armstrong Along the Cherry Walk, around 104th Street.
Recreation during the pandemic: Westsiders preparing to swim in the Hudson.
Like others, I've become more of a homebody. I go out into the park every day, early because I want to avoid the crowds. But it seems that everyone else has the same idea. I find that it's hard to unlearn bad habits like touching my food or my face, and although I wash my hands a lot more than I used to, I constantly am afraid that it's not enough. Everyday there is a long line outside City MD, the storefront medical office on 104th Street, and whenever I see it I think "Are all these people getting tested? Are they infected?" The sirens used to be more frequent. There aren't as many now, or perhaps I've just gotten used to them and they don't register anymore. I know two neighbors who have had the coronavirus. One is 80, the other is 68. They lay in bed for a few weeks and then continued their lives as if nothing had changed. I read horror stories every day, but I don't have first-hand knowledge of anything like what I've read. Life is pretty good.
July 18, 2020 Dan McSweeney Amsterdam and 111th Street
After cleaning up the West 111th Street People's Garden, volunteers from the block association moved along Amsterdam Avenue, humming the tune to Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner."
July 21, 2020 Victor Chen From my window on the 14th floor looking across W.101 Street to 285 Riverside Drive
At the start of the lockdown, many neighbors on this street toward West End Avenue would go to their windows or doorsteps and yell or clap or bang on pans. This custom has petered out, but now with the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter demonstrations, one family has put this memorial to Floyd in their 13th floor window.