New York Strong. During this Coronavirus epidemic, this phrase takes on a whole new meaning. All of my readers know how much I love New York City! In fact, I’ve written over 40 Blog Posts about NYC and the surrounding area. I have so many dear friends who live in New York, and speaking to them on the phone, and watching what they are sharing on Social Media just takes my breath away. But today’s post is not about despair. And bad news. Today’s post is about celebrating the strength of New York.
New York Strong
Daily White House press briefings have become must-see-TV, garnering audiences larger than the Super Bowl on some days. New York’s Governor Cuomo also conducts almost-daily press briefings. Why? New York, and many surrounding states, are in a raging war against the Coronavirus.
But, New York Strong is still deeply felt. And during a March 24, 2020 press briefing, Governor Cuomo said the following:
“We’re going to get through it because we are New York and because we’ve dealt with a lot of things, and because we are smart. You have to be smart to make it in New York. And we are resourceful, and we are showing how resourceful we are. And because we are united, and when you are united, there is nothing you can’t do. And because we are New York tough. We are tough. You have to be tough. This place makes you tough, but it makes you tough in a good way.”
“We’re going to make it because I love New York, and I love New York because New York loves you. New York loves all of you. Black and white and brown and Asian and short and tall and gay and straight. New York loves everyone. That’s why I love New York. It always has, it always will. And at the end of the day, my friends, even if it is a long day, and this is a long day, love wins. Always. And it will win again through this virus. Thank you.”
Regardless of politics, because ain’t nobody got time for that right now, those are VERY powerful and hopeful words!
Samaritan’s Purse Volunteers
One of my favorite resources for EXCELLENT tours in NYC is Untapped Cities: New York! I am also subscribed to their newsletter, and recently received images of the incredible field hospital in Central Park, built by Samaritan’s Purse Volunteers.
Constructed In the East Meadow of Central Park, the large white field hospital tents have created a scene unlike anything New Yorkers have witnessed before. The 68-bed field hospital is a “visible reminder of the war-like mobilizations that the coronavirus COVID-19 disease is necessitating.”
The field hospital is a partnership between Mount Sinai Medical Center, located just across Fifth Avenue from the East Meadow between 98th and 100th Streets, and Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief group. Samaritan’s Purse is led by Franklin Graham.
What an amazing example of people coming together to keep New York Strong!
New York Footage
Finally, I mentioned that I have many good friends in New York. One of those friends is Steven Powers, whom I profiled in 2018. He is an AVID cyclist, and rides 30 miles or more, almost every day, throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. He started filming his rides at the end of March. they are sped-up (don’t worry…you aren’t watching 30 miles of real-time footage) and he’s added post-ride voice-over, to give context to what you are seeing. Check out his Facebook Page to see his videos.
Stay strong New York! To you, and every community across the United States, I pray for the safety of all, and an end to this surreal time!
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