A Saturday Stroll from the Top of Manhattan to the Bottom

Times Square in Manhattan, May 5, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
In the new New York, a few weekends ago, two friends and I decided to walk the whole island of Manhattan, straight down Broadway.

Mass hysteria is a terrible force, yet New Yorkers seem always to escape it by some tiny margin: they sit in stalled subways without claustrophobia, they extricate themselves from panic situations by some lucky wisecrack, they meet confusion and congestion with patience and grit — a sort of perpetual muddling through.

— E. B. White, “Here Is New York”

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B ack in March, when coronavirus first thumped New York City — and thumped it hard — I wrote in my journal that there were “people everywhere, with no place to be: leaning on lampposts; sat on benches; jogging, walking, pacing,” I observed that

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