The Covid Entries
April entries

4/1/2020 – Fifteenth Entry

Fifteenth Entry   (click photo to enlarge)   Wednesday April 1, 2020 Toilet paper is still in super high demand; some stores are limiting purchases to one roll per customer. Morning sitting is quiet. What does it take to change a place? Everyone knows how...

4/2/2020 – Sixteenth Entry

Sixteenth Entry   (click photo to enlarge)   Thursday April 2, 2020 Ethical guidelines for hospitals are about to kick in. They focus on "maximizing life," at the same time I heard the word "lottery". One point that made some sense to me was that doctors...

4/3/2020 – Seventeenth Entry

Seventeenth Entry   Finished today. (purchased 1988) (Click photo for detail)   Friday April 3, 2020 Today the mayor said everyone should cover their faces in public. By the afternoon, the president said everyone should use a mask of some sort. He stated...

4/4/2020 – Eighteenth Entry

Eighteenth Entry     Saturday April 4, 2020 Maybe it is the oddness of the Covid blanket, but the flowering trees have outdone themselves in the quiet of this year's spring.   Earlier tonight, locking my bike on Sullivan Street, I noticed the upper tapered...

4/5/2020 – Nineteenth Entry

Nineteenth Entry     Sunday April 5, 2020 Awake, I lie still taking in this new day. So quiet. Not a car, radiator, reveler, neighbor, contractor, car alarm or crow. Not even a fly, or a child in the playground. No one to partake in the awesome fun of sitting at...

4/6/2020 – Twentieth Entry

Twentieth Entry     Monday April 6, 2020 Week four of a pretty different life for many. The city has moved from the wonderful chaos of a Joan Mitchell or Jackson Pollack painting to the minimal order of an Agnes Martin or Barnett Newman. Wisconsin changed...

4/7/2020 – Twenty-first Entry

Twenty-first Entry     Tuesday April 7, 2020 Full moon high tide. At 10:00 AM, the line at Trader Joe’s in Soho went around the block, nearly to King St.; fifty percent of the people in line wore masks and maintained an average distance of about eleven feet....

4/8/2020 – Twenty-second Entry

Twenty-second Entry     Wednesday April 8, 2020 At 4:00 PM I arrived at the Union Square farmer's market and the vendors were mostly packed up—earlier than normal. Normal, formerly a banal term, now needs to be defined. There was a palpable comradery among the...

4/9/2020 – Twenty-third Entry

Twenty-third Entry    (click for detail)   Thursday April 9, 2020 The US government is debating adding trillions more relief dollars . Just a few weeks ago, the president suggested two billion dollars to combat Covid-19 hardships while the Democrats wanted...

4/10/2020 – Twenty-fourth Entry

Twenty-fourth Entry   Late Rent, Apt. 5A   Friday April 10, 2020 Awake, I lay still, taking in the quiet, again. After a while I wonder if it has ever been this quiet here on the southern part of this island. It seems unlikely 50, 100, or even 150 years ago....
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Special Entry – Easter

Special Entry - Easter     Sunday April 12, 2020 I noticed a headline above the fold on the front page of the New York Times yesterday. The word "apocalypse" caught my eye. I did not read the article to see if they mentioned the term fire drill. Saint...

Special Entry – Mid

Special Entry - Mid   (click to enlarge)Photo: May 17, 2020 Spring Street   Wednesday May 27, 2020 Hello people, This coming Sunday, May 31st, Covid Entry #26 which was written on Easter (more of a prayer than most) will be sent. That was back when I started...

6/13/20 – Special Entry – Post-Break

Special Entry - Post-break   (click for detail)   Saturday June 13, 2020 Saturday morning, I heard a gas-powered push lawn mower. Wondering where I am— without having left the island in five months—continues. The sound was from the front yard of The First...

The Covid Entries began in late March 2020 as a subset of Delayering, the ongoing project which started shortly after 9/11/2001. The Covid Entries (CE) are short essays with general observations, impressions, bits of news and a snapshot from that day. Occasionally there is a short audio ‘ramble’. The Entries cover the quietest weeks in New York City from late March till early May.

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