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People enjoyed outdoor eating in Fort Greene, Brooklyn after the city started its Phase 2 reopening during the coronavirus outbreak, June 23, 2020.
People enjoyed outdoor eating in Fort Greene, Brooklyn after the city started its Phase 2 reopening during the coronavirus outbreak, June 23, 2020.
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PHOTOS: Signs of Economic Life in Week 1 of City’s Phase 2 Reopening

In Times Square, some long boarded-up stores started to let the sunlight through their windows, even if shoppers didn’t return in throngs.

More people, it seemed, took advantage of the warm weather and expanded outdoor seating to visit their favorite restaurants after months away.

Perhaps the most popular folks in town, though, were the barbers and hairdressers doing booming business shearing the shaggy.

We capture those and other scenes from Week 1 of Phase 2 as the city slowly inches its way back to life amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:

Persons of Interest reopened their Fort Greene barbershop on Monday.  Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Persons of Interest in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene reopened Monday with limited capacity and added safety precautions.


Workers open up businesses in Times Square during the city's coronavirus pandemic phase two reopening, June 22, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Workers prepared stores for customers in the heart of Manhattan.


A Times Square H&M listed safety measures for shopper, June 24, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A Times Square H&M listed safety measures for shoppers.


People enjoy some drinks outside Mo’s Bar in Fort Greene, Brooklyn during the city’s Phase 2 reopening, June 23, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A group of friends enjoyed some drinks outside Mo’s in Fort Greene, which expanded its outdoor seating onto the sidewalk.


“It’s impossible. I haven’t had a warm meal in days,” said Molly Marx abut panhandling near Bryant Park during the coronavirus outbreak, June 22, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Signs of the city’s deep economic troubles still dotted Midtown.

Molly Marx said it had been “impossible” panhandling on 42nd Street while the area was largely devoid of officer workers and tourists.

“I haven’t had a warm meal in days,” she said.


People shopped in Macy’s after the department store reopened during the coronavirus outbreak, June 24, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Workers at Macy’s flagship store wore masks, while floor markers encouraged shoppers to distance.


Times Square Tower offered masks to officer workers and checked their temperatures, security personnel said, June 24, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A Times Square office tower offered masks to workers and checked their temperatures.


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