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Perspective: Exploring the Streets of New York City on a BMX During COVID-19 Lockdown

What the largest U.S. city looks like right now.

The city that never sleeps… is sleeping.

Anthony Panza

One of my guilty obsessions is watching point-of-view BMX videos on YouTube. Watching riders explore the streets of the world on their bikes is fascinating to me. About a week ago, I ran across one from Anthony Panza who rides for Cult Crew BMX.

In this video, Anthony Panza explores Manhattan, the most densely populated borough of New York City, at night-time during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will give you perspective on what the largest city in the United States, and the ninth largest city in the world, looks like during COVID-19. The scene is eerily like something from a dystopian novel or film.

P.S. In case you don’t know what Manhattan typically looks like at night, look at the cover photo above.

Photo by James Ting on Unsplash

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By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, TheBody.com, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.

2 replies on “Perspective: Exploring the Streets of New York City on a BMX During COVID-19 Lockdown”

Eerie indeed. When I visited New York a few years ago I went down these same streets and to say they were packed would be an understatement.

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