When the Bars Absorbed the Sidewalks and Spilled into the Streets

Recovery challenges in NYC during a pandemic

The cover of New York Magazine displayed in a bodega — March 2020. Photo by author.

If you live in New York City, you know that space is a precious commodity. Unless you knock down a building, every square foot of Manhattan real estate is spoken for.

Some hypothesize that this is why NYC is so lively. The limited space forces the…

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