Although the youth community in our neighborhood seem to have a less than 50% compliance of wearing masks, by all accounts it turns out that Inwood Manhattan has been, and continues to be, a good place to seek refuge from the Pandemic. Yes, nearby Washington Heights has had some of the highest numbers of New Yorkers catching the Coronavirus (as compared to other parts of New York), Inwood has been spared much of that. Inwood has been a place that, even though we have had a few outdoor shootings near our apartment (leading to deaths), we avoided having to undertake the drama and abandonment that more expensive areas (like midtown) did.
Times Square Ghost Town
As I have said numerous times in other blogs, my experience of walking through the ghost town of Times Square for a series of dental appointments, was chilling. All the tourists and locals had vanished. We used to live close to Time Square and I can attest to it prior being packed with people. I used to get frustrated daily with tourists who would, on crowded walkways, literally stop walking with their backs to me, so they could look upward at the billboards and buildings. I always recognized though that these individuals with their purchases helped to keep the area afloat.
Rarely Going Out
Now in our Inwood getaway, month after month, we have remained indoors, only going for the occasional walk to the park, or things such as what I did yesterday which was to mail a letter in the nearby post office bin.
I am not someone who goes outside very often. I prefer being inside, behind a computer, or hanging with the fam. But even I am yearning a bit to see the sun again. It’s been over a month since I stepped outside of our apartment building.
My wife hasn’t been inside for quite as long as I have. She went out (against my recommendation) to run an errand. When she came back she described the world out of doors to be a bit of a nightmare. People weren’t wearing masks, nor were they practicing social distance.
After my wife had her final outdoors experience, she pledged to not venture outside until it was safe. It’s now been several weeks since she had her negative outside experience. The three of us sometimes get a bit idealistic about being in the park, but for now we remain in lockdown.
Yes, those of us here at the tip top of Manhattan, NY, have to wash their hands too. Outside is deathly quiet, which is odd for this urban environment. You can’t purchase groceries from any one of the 9 different grocery delivery surfaces. Everything is booked up so we’re living on our wits to some extent.
Maybe Outside is No so Bad
Lots of indoor time which as an introvert isn’t so bad, but even for those of us who prefer inside to outside getting a little Vitamin D wouldn’t be bad.
Wash those Hands
But as New Yorkers we’re, most of us, waiting it out. There are those who escaped from the city to go to their Hamptons summer house. I imagine it won’t be easy in Strong Island either, because there won’t be as much availability. Wait. What did I just say? We are now living in the city where we can’t even get groceries. If only we could wash our hands of it.