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‘We’re Not Alone’: Families Share How They’re Coping With Grief in COVID’s Long Wake

THE CITY reached out to people who participated in our MISSING THEM obituaries project, asking about how they’re dealing with loss. Dozens responded and offered coping strategies, words of encouragement and advice for the holiday season and beyond.

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Hart Island Burials Taken Over By Tree Landscapers, Uprooting Families’ Hopes for Transformation

The city’s potter’s field, the final resting place for thousands killed by COVID and AIDS, is now overseen by the Parks Department amid visions of creating the nation’s largest municipal cemetery. But a $33M contract to a firm without cemetery experience, under the watch of an ex-Rikers captain, is raising concerns.

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Southern Brooklyn’s Ongoing COVID Suffering Shows Toll of Disinformation and Disconnection

City Council candidates in Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay strive to fill the void left by shut-down community centers relied on by older people and those who don’t speak English.

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Bodies of Hundreds of New York COVID Victims Still in Trucks on Brooklyn Pier

About 750 New Yorkers taken by the pandemic await possible burial on Hart Island, the city’s potter’s field. City officials, though, say there’s no timetable to transport the fallen from refrigerated units in Sunset Park.

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PODCAST: Struggling to Breathe in The Bronx in Age of COVID  

Residents living in the shadow of the Cross Bronx Expressway are among the New Yorkers who face added environmental hazards in the borough hit hardest by the pandemic.

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Working Theater and THE CITY Take MISSING THEM Memorial to a New Stage

"Missing Them," an upcoming live, online theater event, is adapted from stories and interviews from THE CITY’s collaborative MISSING THEM project, which set out to memorialize every New Yorker killed by COVID-19.

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‘Gateway to Poverty’: Calls Rise for a National Relief Fund for COVID-19 Victims’ Families

Thousands of working-age Americans have died from the virus, underscoring the often-crushing financial fallout of losing a loved one to the pandemic. Some are seeking a compensation fund modeled on aid for 9/11 victims’ kin.

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VIDEO: A Look Inside Hart Island, NYC’s Potter’s Field, as COVID Graves Grow

News footage of the island’s cemetery showed trenches being filled with pine coffins shocked many last spring. Here’s a look at the history — and the future — of the nation’s largest mass burial site.

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One in 10 Local COVID Victims Destined for Hart Island, NYC’s Potter’s Field

Last year on Hart Island proved deadlier than any year during the AIDS crisis. More burials are expected as the disproportionate pandemic impact sends thousands to the final resting place of New York’s most vulnerable.

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COVID Memorial to Beam Faces of Some of NYC’s 30,000 Lost Onto the Brooklyn Bridge

Mayor de Blasio-led ceremony highlighting hundreds of names and faces will draw on THE CITY’s collaborative MISSING THEM memorial project Sunday, a year after New York’s first pandemic-related death.

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Unions and City Hall Lining Up Vaccinations for Municipal Workers as NYC Death Toll Passes 30,000

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De Blasio Calls for ‘Full Accounting’ of NYC Inmates Who Died of COVID after Testing Positive in Jail

Mayor’s comments followed investigation by Columbia Journalism School and THE CITY that identified three men who died after contracting the virus in Department of Correction custody — but were not counted in the official death toll.

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NYC Jail-Related COVID Fatalities at Least Double Official Three Who Died in Custody

THE CITY and Columbia Journalism School identified six men who died after contracting coronavirus while in Department of Correction facilities. In an eerie echo of New York nursing homes, the department did not count deaths following release.

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How the City Failed Three Men Who Died of COVID-19 in Jail: Watchdog

Scathing report from the city’s jails oversight board finds the men — all with medical conditions — were packed into dormitories without masks. One tried, in vain, to protect himself with sheets and pillow cases.

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Little Help for New York 9/11 Survivors Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine

People suffering from many 9/11-related illnesses, including lung disease and cancer, can now get the potentially life-saving shots. But there’s no organized effort to find them appointments. "Create a hotline, how hard is that?" one advocate asked.

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New York Health Commissioner Defends Use of COVID-19 Drug Cocktail at State-Run Veterans Nursing Home

Dr. Howard Zucker spoke out while being grilled about nursing home deaths. He downplayed a report in THE CITY that found at least 62 vets were given unproven hydroxychloroquine treatments without families’ consent.

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Cuomo Distances State from Use of Experimental COVID-19 Cocktail at NYS-Run Veterans Nursing Home in Queens

The governor’s comments came a day after a news report found at least 62 residents of New York State Veterans’ Home at St. Albans were given hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. Some family members say they were never told.

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Schumer and AOC Get Feds to Pay for Funerals of COVID-19 Victims in NYC and Beyond

New York State will receive $260 million of $2 billion in FEMA funds earmarked for burials nationwide. The announcement paired the two Democratic, who represent different wings of the party and could become electoral rivals.

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NYC Nursing Home Gave Dozens of Veterans Experimental COVID-19 Treatments. Some Families Had No Idea

The New York State-run facility in St. Albans, Queens, administered a cocktail of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, despite safety warnings and doubts about efficacy.

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Watch New Yorkers Share Stories of Those They Lost to COVID-19

Hundreds gathered virtually to celebrate the lives of New Yorkers as part of THE CITY’s MISSING THEM Project. It’s part of a growing, ongoing movement to memorialize the many killed by the virus.