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Hundreds of Bellevue healthcare workers held a rally outside the hospital in solidarity with people protesting the death of George Floyd, June 4, 2020.
Hundreds of Bellevue healthcare workers held a rally outside the hospital in solidarity with people protesting the death of George Floyd, June 4, 2020.
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PHOTOS: How New Yorkers Forged on Through 2020, a Year Like No Other

Here are some images from a year that will forever link us as New Yorkers — offering glimpses into a city again surviving by finding connections even amid heartbreak and isolation.

Every new year starts with hope. The measure of where we are as a city is whether the year ends with it.

After a year like 2020 — not that there’s been another like this — we’re left with no choice but to look ahead even as we grapple with unprecedented losses, reckonings and dire challenges.

Here are some images from a year that will forever link us as New Yorkers — offering glimpses into a city once again surviving by forging connections even amid heartbreak and isolation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds his State of the City address at the Museum of Natural History, Feb. 6, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Weeks before the coronavirus reach New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio started 2020 with an ambitious agenda to help small businesses, boost graduation rates and provide more affordable housing, during his State of The City address at the Museum of Natural History.


A mobil morgue at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

By spring the Brooklyn Hospital Center was forced to create a mobile morgue inside a refrigerated truck after being overwhelmed with sick patients during the start of the coronavirus outbreak.


A hospital security officer helps oversee a coronavirus testing line at the Elmhurst Hospital Center. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Queens residents waited in long lines to get tested at Elmhurst Hospital in early April.


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 at the start of quarantine.


Corona, Queens residents wait on a blocks-long line to collect food from a church during the coronavirus outbreak, April 27, 2020 Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

In Corona, New Yorkers waited on a blocks-long line to collect food from a church during coronavirus outbreak in late April. The neighborhood, filled with essential workers, was one of the hardest hit early in the pandemic.


A man crosses 42nd Street during the coronavirus outbreak. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A man crosses 42nd Street in an eerily-empty midtown.


A person walks along an empty Midtown street during the height of the coronavirus epidemic in the city, April 28, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Signs of the times popped up all around town.


Joseph Friday was self-isolating in his West Farms, Bronx home after losing his mother and brother to the coronavirus, May 10, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Joseph Friday isolated in his Bronx home after losing his mother and brother to the virus.


Upper Manhattan resident Carla Zanoni created a plastic suit to hug friends and family during the coronavirus outbreak, May 30, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Upper Manhattan resident Carla Zanoni found a creative way to hug friends and family.


Tashani Kerr, 18, approaches the UASEM graduation float, June 25, 2020. “My mother told me she’s proud to have me as a daughter,” said Kerr. “I’m young but I’ve already achieved something a lot of people in my family never got the chance too.” This fall she will start her first term as a biology major at Ithaca College. Kerr plans on becoming a Radiologist after college. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Tashani Kerr took part in a rolling socially distanced high school graduation ceremony.

“My mother told me she’s proud to have me as a daughter,” Kerr said. “I’m young but I’ve already achieved something a lot of people in my family never got the chance too.”


Hundreds of protesters packed into the plaza at the Barclays Center after the police-involved killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, May 29, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Hundreds of protesters packed into the plaza at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center at the start of the racial justice protests ignited by the death George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.


Dr. Damilola Idowu takes part in a moment of silence outside Bellevue Hospital, June 4, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Dr. Damilola Idowu took part in a moment of silence for Floyd outside Bellevue Hospital.


Residents gather food to give away during a socially-distanced block party on St. John’s Place in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, Aug. 8, 2020. Peter Senzamici/THE CITY

Residents gathered food to give away during a block party on St. John’s Place in Prospect Heights.


Tonya Gonzalez helps kids cool down on an open street in Williamsburg during the coronavirus outbreak, July 17, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Tonya Gonzalez helped kids cool down on an open street in Williamsburg during a sizzling summer day.


People enjoy outdoor dining along Orchard Street in the Lower East Side, Sept. 25, 2020. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

People enjoyed outdoor dining along Orchard Street on the Lower East Side.


Voters wait in line at P.S. 168 in The Bronx on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Voters waited in line at P.S. 168 in The Bronx on Election Day.


In Harlem, New Yorkers danced and banged pots while singing “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” Eileen Grench/THE CITY

Harlem residents danced and banged pots while singing “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.


Nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx protest a lack of protective equipment, Nov. 19, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx protested a lack of protective equipment as the second wave of the virus spread across the city.


Two people find a way to have a socially-distanced meeting in the East Village during the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, Dec. 4, 2020. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Two people found a way to have a safe meeting in the East Village.


Restaurant workers rallied in Times Square, calling on state leaders to provide more support through the winter, Dec. 15, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Restaurant workers rallied in Times Square, calling on state leaders to provide more support through the long winter.


Nurse Sandra Lindsay became the first person in the country to get the coronavirus vaccine after receiving a shot at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dec. 14, 2020. Scott Heins/Governor Cuomo’s Office

Nurse Sandra Lindsay became the first person in the country to get the coronavirus vaccine after receiving a shot at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens.

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