The Covid Entries

Covid Entries

The Covid Entries offer daily reports of the pandemic’s harsh surge in New York City in early spring 2020. The 56 entries provide real time observations of the early weeks when disease and fear transformed the city. The City fell silent.


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Photo: March 29, 2020 Sixth Avenue

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 4:00 AM
Subject: Boorstein has a blog??!!




Sent 4/1/20

3/6 First Entry | deaths with no funerals
the city is quiet, worse than 9/11


First Entry

Photo: March 6, 2020 Sixth Avenue Staples




Sent 4/4/20

3/15/20 Second Entry | a true crisis

knowledge rising, even if slowly

Second Entry

Photo: March 15, 2020 Houston Street




Sent 4/7/20

Third Entry | trash in empty streets

              1970s manufacturing, taxi garage


Third Entry

Photo: March 17, 2020 Prince Street







Sent 4/9/20

Fourth Entry | fire drill for the apocalypse

wise friend, headed for the hills

Fourth Entry

Photo: March 19, 2020 100 Sullivan Street






Sent 4/11/20

Fifth Entry 🔊 | new territory
foghorns, freshly cut plum branches, Central Park

Fifth Entry

3/21 Audio Grocery lines, spring blossoms, and barbershops. 5 min.

Photo: March 21, 2020 Sixth Avenue


Sent 4/12/20

SPECIAL Entry - Easter (Gallery) | boarding up essential work

global news, virus is spreading

Special Entry – Easter

Additional Photos

Photo: April 12, 2020 Prince Street






Sent 4/14/20

Sixth Entry | calls from around the country

cronuts, online work attire

Sixth Entry

Photo: March 23, 2020 Sullivan Street







Sent 4/16/20

Seventh Entry | communicated with a glance

abroad, 9/11 memorial

Seventh Entry

Photo: March 24, Sixth Avenue





Sent 4/18/20

Eighth Entry | stock market up two thousand points

self-grooming, hope people are looking out their windows, mitzvah trucks

Covid Entry West 21st Street
Eighth Entry

Photo: March 25, West 21st Street







Sent 4/20/20

Ninth Entry | a biker's paradise

mailing cremated remains, empty streets

Ninth Entry

Photo: March 26, Sullivan Street







Sent 4/22/20

Tenth Entry 🔊 | uniquely ill-equipped

aid package, public schools, a tiger with covid

Covid Entry Prince Street
Tenth Entry

3/27 Audio Spring Street, Oculus, Hurricane Sandy. 6 min.

Photo: March 27, Prince Street



Sent 4/24/20

Eleventh Entry | flimflamery

Covid test, Calatrava’s oculus, a dire situation

Covid Entry Sixth Avenue
Eleventh Entry

Photo: March 28, Sixth Avenue







Sent 4/26/20

Twelfth Entry | a level of unknown has crept into everyone's life

World Trade Center Transportation Hub, first world horrific

Covid Entry Oculus
Twelfth Entry

Photo: March 29, Oculus




Sent 4/28/20

Thirteenth Entry 🔊 | the audible spectrum
defective masks, things have changed “utterly”, United Nations

Covid Entry Sullivan Street
Thirteenth Entry

3/30 Audio The haves and the have nots. 5 min.

Photo: March 30, Sullivan Street

Sent 4/30/20

Fourteenth Entry 🔊 | gatherings are evaporating

begging for health care workers, projected deaths

Fourteenth Entry

3/31 Audio Springtime, flowering trees, six feet apart. 3 min.

Photo: March 31, Sixth Avenue



Sent 5/2/20

Fifteenth Entry | what does it take to change a place?

toilet paper demand, “informed projections”

Fifteenth Entry

Photo: April 1, Prince Street







Sent 5/4/20

Sixteenth Entry | one cannot live forever

ethical guidelines, canned goods, throwing stuff away

Sixteenth Entry

Photo: April 2, Thompson Street







Sent 5/6/20

Seventeenth Entry 🔊 | some things change more quickly than others

masks, confirmed cases

Seventeenth Entry

4/3 Audio 1
Eye contact, clang – clunk, a train car to yourself. 6 min.

4/3 Audio 2
Tulips, kindly garbage trucks, mood shift.
2 min.

Photo: April 3, West 21st Street


Sent 5/8/20

Eighteenth Entry | plans and endings

quiet spring, Empire State Building

Eighteenth Entry

Photo: April 4, Sixth Avenue







Sent 5/10/20

Nineteenth Entry | singular sound

some absences more notable than others, eye contact

Nineteenth Entry

Photo: April 5, Sixth Avenue







Sent 5/12/20

Twentieth Entry | it is the same place and a different place

a different life, lack of planning, SoHo

Twentieth Entry

Photo: April 6, Greene Street







Sent 5/14/20

Twenty-first Entry | "chance operation"

Trader Joe’s line, temporary morgues

Twenty-first Entry

Photo: April 7, Prince Street







Sent 5/16/20

Twenty-second Entry | normal now needs to be defined

death toll, flags at half-mast

Twenty-second Entry

Photo: April 8, Sixth Avenue





Sent 5/18/20

Twenty-third Entry 🔊 | new term - "social distancing"

government relief, New York and Venice, prisons

Twenty-third Entry

4/9 Audio April showers, seeing the wind, horn honk. 2 min.

Photo: April 9, MacDougal Street



Sent 5/20/20

Twenty-fourth Entry 🔊 | urban isolation chamber

feeling lost, Yemen and aide programs, Notre Dame

Twenty-fourth Entry

4/10 Audio Goldberg variations, prelude 1, interlude in a quiet city. 3 min.

Photo: April 10, Rent Bill




Sent 5/22/20

Twenty-fifth Entry | cigarette butts

good habits, the MET, “hero”

Twenty-fifth Entry

Photo: April 11, West Broadway



Sent 5/24/20

SPECIAL Entry - Mid

Special Entry – Mid

Additional Photos

Photo: May 5, Spring Street



Sent on 5/28/20

Twenty-sixth Entry | a darkly cloaked gift

an opportunity, a disruption, what makes each of us tick

Twenty-sixth Entry

Photo: April 12, Mercer Street



Sent 5/31/20

SPECIAL Entry - Post-Break

Special Entry – Post-Break

Additional Photos

Photo: June 3, 2020 Sixth Avenue






Sent 6/15/20

Twenty-seventh Entry | covid dreams

lugging stolen toilet paper in a bed sheet, analogies to war

Twenty-seventh Entry

Photo: April 13, Madison Street







Sent 6/19/20

Twenty-eighth Entry 🔊 | gasoline under $2.00 per gallon

eye contact, false negative tests, prisoners

Twenty-eighth Entry

4/14 Audio Tax day, Jefferson Market Library, six bells. 1 min.

Photo: April 14, Broome Street


Sent 6/23/20

Twenty-ninth Entry | eating a bush

haircuts, subway ridership, take-out

Twenty-ninth Entry

Photo: April 15, Worth Street







Sent 6/27/20

Thirtieth Entry | losing a simple human gesture

the quiet of the morning remains delicious, job loss, masks

tieth Entry

Photo: April 16, Grand Street







Sent 7/1/20

Thirty-first Entry | a familiar strangeness

stillness, refridgerated trailers, riding the wrong way

Thirty-first Entry

Photo: April 17, Bleecker Street







Sent 7/5/20

Thirty-second Entry | illegal jogging

testing, vaccines for common diseases

Thirty-second Entry

Photo: April 18, Spring Street





Sent 7/9/20

Thirty-third Entry | one person's heartbreak is another's delight
high temperatures, paycheck protection program

Thirty-third Entry

Photo: April 19, Greene Street

Sent 7/13/20

Thirty-fourth Entry | you cannot make this stuff up

point of reference, free oil

Thirty-fourth Entry

Photo: April 20, Greene Street




Sent 7/17/20

Thirty-fifth Entry | savoring an absence

boarded up clothing stores, eye contact, 9-11 memorial

Thirty-fifth Entry

Photo: April 21, West Street




Sent 7/21/20

Thirty-sixth Entry | morgue trucks keep humming

restaurants, airlines, military readiness

Thirty-sixth Entry

Photo: April 22, Sixth Avenue







Sent on 7/25/20

Thirty-seventh Entry | throwing things away

the media, student-teacher relations

Thirty-seventh Entry

Photo: April 23, Canal Street





Sent on 7/29/20

Thirty-eighth Entry | the non-reversing mirror
haircutting, re-opening, lysol cocktail

Thirty-eighth Entry

Photo: April 24, West 21st Street

Sent on 8/2/20

Thirty-ninth Entry | freedom over saftey
alone, restaurants, reinfections

Thirty-ninth Entry

Photo: April 25, Sullivan Street


Sent 8/6/20

Fortieth Entry | injecting disinfectants

Hubble space telescope, gas prices, covid testing

Fortieth Entry

Photo: April 26, Broadway



Sent 8/10/20

Forty-first Entry | food insecure

May chill, unemployment, all we need is lip service

Forty-first Entry

Photo: April 27, Seventh Avenue



Sent 8/14/20

Forty-second Entry 🔊 | the defense production act and pork
normal in fall 2021, testing, the working class

Forty-second Entry

4/28 Audio Flowering trees, NYC as a village, Soho’s next chapter. 3 min.

Photo: April 28, Prince Street

Sent 9/20/20

Forty-third Entry 🔊 | the crystal ball is cloudy
sidewalks, Boeing, partisan news

Forty-third Entry

4/29 Audio Late night, out of balance, Mister Mister can I have a dollar. 2 min.

Photo: April 29, Avenue C





Sent 9/24/20

Forty-fourth Entry | cloud of safety over the blanket of fear
tractor-trailer morgues, subway

Forty-fourth Entry

Photo: April 30, Elizabeth Street





Sent 9/28/20

Forty-fifth Entry 🔊 | some things do not change
the phone, ICU, Indian Point Nuclear Reactor

Forty-fifth Entry

5/1 Audio Popular restaurants, Washington Sq Park skating sink, Flags at half mast. 2 min.

Photo: May 1, Mott Street




Sent 10/2/20

Forty-sixth Entry | this place may need noise
riot of color, a gift


Forty-sixth Entry

Photo: May 1, Spring Street


Sent 10/6/20

Forty-seventh Entry | a delightful unnecessary transaction

Kentucky Derby, Spring Street, hand written Covid signs

Forty-seventh Entry

Photo: May 2, Prince Street

Sent 10/10/20

Forty-eighth Entry | the lower east river
homeless encampment and art gallery, perimeter of Manhattan island

Forty-eighth Entry

Photo: May 3, West 21st Street


Sent 10/14/20

Forty-ninth Entry | another lesson of what is essential
rats, the Supreme Court, experts

Forty-ninth Entry

Photo: May 4, West 23rd Street



Sent 10/18/20

Fiftieth Entry | information is a kind of noise

George Floyd, Vietnam War, May 4th Massacre

Fiftieth Entry

Photo: May 5, 3rd Avenue







Sent 10/22/20

Fifty-first Entry | the soundscape continues to expand
varied standards, primary election, 24 hour service

Fifty-first Entry

Photo: May 6, Sixth Avenue




Sent  10/26/20

Fifty-second Entry 🔊 | how we adapt reveals who we are

green shades, noise has returned

Fifty-second Entry

Photo: May 7, Eighth Avenue

Sent 10/30/20

SPECIAL Entry – Final


Special Entry – Final

Photo: 2019 Postcard by John Amber



Sent 12/1/20