NYC is in phase 4 of re-opening after being ‘paused’ back in March to try and contain the Corona virus. NYC had a hell of a time, but for the last couple of months the infection rate has held steady at between 1-2% of all those tested. Wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands and a huge surge of respecting and caring for each other has got us to the other side of the mountainous curve.
Of course its taken a huge toll on so many people who were, and still are, sick and dying, but its also hurt economically.
At the end of July entering Phase 4 allowed restaurants, who had delivery and pick up but not dining in, to reopen to customers, but not to have them indoors, only outside. The city allowed restaurants to take over parking spots outside their restaurants and a plethora of new wooden structures have sprung up, using city guidelines, but also a lot of imagination.
This project, along the M15 bus route that I so frequently travel and photograph, looks at just a few of these outdoor dining areas, between 1st and 14th streets as they were starting to go up.
You can see all of the photographs individually by clicking on the project titled ‘Phase 4’ to the left