As the lockdown grip is relaxed, New York is learning new routines. Shops are allowed to open with either a delivery, collection, or curb-side services, meaning a table spans the entrance, and the staff member will fetch items, or hand you a bag of pre-ordered goods. Here in the West Village, the social interaction of pet owners: ‘How old is your dawg?’ ‘what do you feed him/her?’ etc – has given way to a more anodyne protocol. You now phone the receptionist that you can see through the window, and a masked operative comes out to scoop up your pet. Cash is no longer king and contactless card payments are preferred on hygiene grounds.