I could just see me not apologizing for my inner life for the You don’t need to be crazy to work at pepsi they will train you shirt Besides,I will do this rest of it and all the walls it wouldn’t take down. You have wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren??? Own a home? Community standing that helps several charities? So when you can make this happen here where I am at in life and place with no losses, yeah that would be different-I know women who named their little girls with chain-saw names and most men here drag their knuckles more than anything else they do, but always dragging them. I’m especially grateful for these relationships as the neighborhood experiences a seismic change in a period of months, not years. Stores and restaurants have closed for good, with many open establishments still covering their storefronts with wooden boards. We were most shaken when our wonderful neighbor Robert, who’d lived across the street for years and always came by to discuss baseball, died from COVID in April. At the same time, compared to Black and brown neighborhoods throughout the city, which have been hit disproportionately by the coronavirus, our tragedies seem limited.
Every day, people are finding new ways to live within our changed reality. For those missing restaurants, new outdoor dining venues are popping up every day for those hopefully tipping 20+ percent for a night out of the You don’t need to be crazy to work at pepsi they will train you shirt Besides,I will do this house. People my age––mostly in masks––stream down the block to have picnics in Hudson River Park and safely see their friends after months apart. In July, I got to walk along a virtually empty High Line and experience the views fully, without being jostled by crowds thanks to their new online reservation system. Everywhere I look, there’s a contrast between the reality of what the city has gone through this year and the resilience of New Yorkers cautiously stretching our arms after being cooped up for too long inside. Chelsea has been fundamentally changed by the city and world around it, and with each enormous shift, it’s picked up the pieces and re-fit them into a new whole. Through the AIDS crisis. Through 9/11. Through Hurricane Sandy. Through COVID. This neighborhood isn’t giving up now, and neither is New York.