I left my family and my home to walk to work in New York


George Paljuesvic, 23, works as a porter at Tribeca. He didn’t feel safe using public transportation to get from Suffern, New York, so he moved to Manhattan to walk to work.

My ride from Rockland County was an hour and a half. I would take the bus to Port Authority and from there I would take the metro to work at Tribeca. But I decided to start walking because I didn’t want to risk catching the virus and taking it home with my family.

Now I’m staying in my brother’s apartment in the financial district so that I can walk to work in about 15 minutes. It’s certainly less busy, but there are still a lot of people outside. It’s more peaceful without traffic. I see people cheering from their balconies every night. It looks like a more united city, even when we’re all separated.

Most people wear masks, but I don’t always wear masks because it can cost around $ 10 a day, so sometimes I just wear a T-shirt on my face.

I have not been home to see my father, stepmother and step sisters for about a month. I miss them and have my own space. But it’s nice to be able to sleep, and I’m saving a ton of money right now on transportation.

– As said to Marisa Dellatto

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