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NYC Signs of Hope and Defiance in the Time of Coronavirus

Reporters for THE CITY captured images showing how creative New Yorkers are trying to lift spirits during one of our most challenging periods.

From the days of disco to the coronavirus these Bed-Stuy residents know Brooklyn always stays strong.
From the days of disco to the coronavirus these Bed-Stuy residents know Brooklyn always stays strong.
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Even as coronavirus roils the city, signs of New Yorkers’ grit and resolve can be found across the five boroughs.

Reporters for THE CITY captured images showing how neighbors are trying to lift spirits with words amid one of our most challenging periods.

A socially-distant birthday message aims to cheer up an Inwood resident. Claudia Irizarry Aponte/THE CITY

A socially distant birthday message aimed to cheer up an Inwood resident.


The Upper West Side’s Dakota Bar implores people to keep the faith during the coronavirus shut-down. Jose Martinez/THE CITY

The Upper West Side’s Dakota Bar let customers know that the drinks will flow again someday.


Ask not what your doctor can do you for you, but what you can do for your doctor. Jose Martinez/THE CITY

Ask not what your doctor can do you for you, but what you can do for your doctor.


An Ozone Park White Castle says it takes a village to keep feeding people during a pandemic. Trone Dowd/THE CITY

An Ozone Park White Castle suggests it takes a village to keep feeding people during a pandemic.


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A Kensington Yehsiva offers needed meals after schools closed throughout the city. Reuven Blau/THE CITY

A Kensington Yehsiva offered needed meals.


DSK beer garden in Fort Greene was still selling comfort food and brew after bars were forced to close. Rachel Holliday Smith/THE CITY

DSK beer garden in Fort Greene was still selling comfort food and brew after bars were forced to close.


An Inwood dollar store offered free protective gear to some city workers. Claudia Irizarry Aponte/THE CITY

An Inwood dollar store offered free protective gear to educators.


A Sunnyside community group used new school and old school ways to reach people in need. Hasani Gittens/THE CITY

A Sunnyside community group used new school and old school ways to reach people in need.


Signs of Spring in Clinton Hill call for having a little faith. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Signs of Spring in Clinton Hill called for having a little faith.


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