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Empty New York

Blog | By James Fletcher | Apr 22, 2020

A new series of photographs of the deserted city during the virus by the Oldie's New York correspondent, James Fletcher

A lone jogger on Brooklyn Bridge, running towards Brooklyn. Normally the bridge is choked with runners and cars.

New York’s Brooklyn Bridge was opened in 1883 and stretches 6,016ft across the East River between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. On September 11, 2001, shell-shocked New Yorkers were photographed in iconic images walking home across the bridge when the transport system closed down. On an average day, 120,000 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians and 2,600 cyclists cross the bridge.

In 2020, at the height of the COVID19 lockdown, the bridge is almost deserted as New Yorkers obey Shelter in Place protocol which means staying home, apart from an outing for exercise and essential outings to buy food or visit the chemist.