A timeline.

Do you know someone who’s not paying their rent?

Me too.

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Photo credit Pixabay

The real estate industry is about to become the mother of all pandemic casualties.

Here’s what’s happening in NYC.

1. People are not paying their rent

No surprise, as there’s been a big increases in eviction complaints nationwide.

As the $600 a week in extra unemployment benefits evaporates, folks face a choice between food and the landlord.

Everyone is noticing more homeless on the streets.


Here’s what’s going on…

The 1984 graduates of a small girls’ Catholic school have been doing monthly Zoom calls.

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Photo by Anna Murray

Now in our 50s, our experiences are a microcosm of the pandemic.

— Pandemic — Love it


Here’s what’s going on…

— End of days?

Sometimes it feels as if the world may be coming to and end.

First the virus, then economic collapse, now looting.

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Photo by Anna Murray

— Peaceful protests

Here’s a view from my friend’s apartment in Sheridan Square. Vast numbers of peaceful protesters swell the streets.

We are grateful to them.


Here’s what’s going on.

—Central Park has a hall monitor

This NYC worker was walking around a sunny, crowded Central Park, handing out masks and reminding people to social distance.

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Photo by Anna P. Murray

— “Close” friends

Here’s a socially-distanced group.


At Zoom cocktails, my friend Shirley was a-flutter. She’d just gotten an antibody test!

A health department site popped up outside the Fine Fare at the corner of 116th and Lenox Avenue.

Antibody test! Now we’re talking. So a couple days later my husband and I went.

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Photo Credit: Anna P. Murray

Harlem was bustling and evincing near-universal mask compliance.

Alas, at the Fine Fare we found no health department personnel pin-pricks a-ready.

Just midday shoppers.


Here’s what’s going on…

— A death on our block

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We hear a lot about the fact that those who die at home may not be included in the statistics.

At-home deaths are up 400%.

— Things are busier

Here’s a picture of the subway on Thursday around noon.


Here’s what’s going on…

— Grand Central Station at 2:30 p.m. on a Friday

I tried door after door. Only the main entry at the corner of Vanderbilt and 42nd was open.

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— The road less traveled

Looking down the ramp from the main doors.


I wish everything would just stop so I could have quiet time to write.

As a writer, I have said that in my head a bajillion times.

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Then came the pandemic.

It’s as if an evil witch cackled, “As you wish, my dearie!”

Anna Murray

Anna Murray is a technology CEO and writer. Her debut novel, “Greedy Heart,” is a POPSUGAR pick for April.

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