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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