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July 8, 2020 --- The sidewalk in front of NYC City Hall Park, right next to City Hall and other government buildings, has become a camping ground for "protesters".


The "protesters" have reduced the quality of life for the vast majority of citizens. NYC City Hall can be seen through the trees, a few feet behind.


The entire sidewalk is covered with vulgar, anti society slogans, by multiple groups. They seem to only have a vague idea of what they actually want.


The socialist, anti-police group was permitted to paint their logo on the main street in front of the federal building, the state and federal court and the municipal building.


Even hourly rental motorcycles run the risk of being towed if parked in the wrong spot by the renter. A very expensive lessen indeed.

Many stores are still boarded up out of fear of further looting or vandalism.


"Welcome to Brooklyn, where New York Begins". Many years ago, the sign said "Brooklyn, the fourth largest city in America".


Houston Street and Mercer Street. Car somehow failed to make the turn, in the middle of the night. No one was injured. Just a mistake.


A rare photo of two sexy foreign two seater sports cars in a row; A Ferrari and a Smart Car!



Occupy City Hall on July 4, 2020. It is hard to imagine that so many protestors or vagrants would be allowed to camp in front of City Hall, NYC.


As often the case with these rebels without a cause, the signs are vulgar, anti society and anti police.


Who voted for these people to represent the people of this city? If they succeeded, would we ever have justice or would we simply have complete chaos and anarchy?


As usual, the NYPD were completely professional and allowed the campers to continue their alleged "protest", though it is doubtful if any of them agree to what they are protesting.


Bank building in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Empty businesses and store fronts seem to continue to expand. A combination of the fear of the Corona Virus and social unrest, coupled with a general decline in jobs, caused by a variety of factors is destroying the economy and wealth of this country.

July 5th, 2020. July 4th, 2020 has been one of the deadliest Fourth of July holidays on record in New York City with 8 people murdered, and almost 50 people shot. Mayor DeBlasio has stated that part of this was because of the Corona Virus lockdown and economic problems related to the lockdown. Many others, including top NYPD brass feels that the Crimea is due to other factors including anti-police rhetoric, the release from jails of many convicts out of Corona virus concerns, the closing of the courts and also new restrictions placed upon the NYPD. Most people are amazed that 25 years of progress seems to have been destroyed in just a few weeks.

This person has made the iconoc Washington Square Park water fountain his home and office.


Busy at work the middle of the yet to be used this season, Washington Square Park water fountain!


A small "Black Trans Lives Matter" protest in Dumbo Brooklyn. June 27 2020


People at the "Pride" gathering in Washington Square Park. June 28, 2020


Unfortunately some people actually believe that the city would be better without police. As most people realize, police are essential in any society to keep order, maintain laws and freedoms and to assist people in dire need.

The "Pride" event with a large number of different perceived social issues being protested for or against.


Apparently the gentleman who was using the unused water fountain as his office has left or was evicted.




Yet more protesters at the "Pride" event.


The NYPD now has control of the situation and is maintaining order for law abiding citizens.




The entrance to the Manhattan Bridge is now protected from disruptive rioters.



It is sad to see that the stores along beautiful Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue are forced to cover their windows to protect themselves from looters and rioters.



UPDATE: June 2, 2020. The looting outrage continues. Even with the 11pm curfew, looting has continued throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and other parts of New York City, with major businesses, such as flagship store of Macy's on 34 Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, as well as Target and many other stores being vandalized and looted. The police, trying their best, are simply overwhelmed and are restricted as to what measures that they can take. Most are now calling for the mounted patrol to be deployed as well as the deployment of the National Guard. ---Frank X. Didik

New York City protester resort to looting in Soho and other areas

On the night of May 31,2020, the protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis broke out into wanton destruction and looting in the fashionable, artistic area of Manhattan of Soho. It was sheer pandemonium with the NYPD doing their best to control the situation, but they were overwhelmed by hordes of looters. Almost every store had widows smashed, and experienced some sort of looting. Elegant stores, such as Bloomingdales, Macy's, Coach, Best Buy, Louis Viton, Gucci and so many others were damaged, destroyed and looted. One man was shot, apparently by someone participating in the looting. All New Yorkers, regardless of their political positions, were and are outraged by this senseless destruction. It is very sad to walk through the lovely streets and see this. A complete tragedy for the city. Other areas, including in downtown Brooklyn, were also looted and destroyed. Below you can see the aftermath of this destruction on the afternoon of June 1, 2020. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a curfew will be in place for New York City from 11PM to 5AM and starting on June 2, the curfew will be from 8pm till 5am.

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NYPD Smart Car.was burnt out the night of May 30, 2020.


Black Lives Matter grafitti painted on a Soho store.


Everywhere in Soho and around NYC, store owners did what they could to protect their properties from degenerate looters.


After the night of looting disgrace on May 31, 2020, the fashionable SOHO district in Manhattan became a construction site with hundreds of stores attempting to protect what remained of their businesses from additional looting.











The Leica camera store on West Broadway, boarded up to prevent looting and destruction.





Just yesterday, on May 30th, this small museum was open. Today, June 1, 2020, precautions are being taken to protect the property.



The Nike sneaker store on Broadway in the Soho District of Manhattan.





People continue to be forced to "social distance" and wait to go into "essential" stores, though there is not any scientific evidence that either social distancing or wearing a mask can possibly prevent a virus.


Empty New York City breaks out into protest and riots.

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Union Square Black Lives Matter protest regarding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.


Many of the protestors were extremely aggressive and vulgar in their march.


There were aproximately 5,000 protestors on 14th Street and Union Square



thm_protest0705.jpgThe protestors seemed to be governed by monitors, some using bullhorns.

thm_protest0706.jpgTo the credit of the NYPD, they remained calm and professional, even under the constant abuse.







Not everyone was protesting. These people were enjoying the mid 70F weather.


The entrance of the Manhattan Bridge, on the Brooklyn side off Concord Street, on May 30,2020

thm_protest0714.jpgThe night of May 30, 2020, on Concord Street, next to the Manhattan Bridge on the Brooklyn side. This protestor was pepper sprayed and apparently hit on the head.

A vulgar, anti police sign in the correct receptacle.


Thousands of people stormed the Manhattan Bridge , from the Brooklyn side disrupting traffic and thousands of law abiding citizens lives.



Besides the Manhattan Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge and the FDR was disrupted.

Bowery looking uptown.

Empty Seventh Avenue, looking downtown from 28 Street.

Empty streets in front of Madison Square Garden on Eight Avenue.

Normally busy Eighth Avenue and 32 Street.

Some essential services, such as this Post Office, have painted squares on the sidewalk to assist in "Social distancing", that is, for people to separate by six feet (2 meters).

Certain items have disappeared from supermarket shelves. Items include toilet paper, bottled water, sanitizing napkins and cleaners.

Gasoline prices have plummeted by almost a dollar in just one month.

As of May, masks are required to be worn in all stores and also is "social distancing" of 6 feet can not be maintained while outside. The mask rule will not be enforced on public transportation.

Because of the massive demand for masks and protective shields, some stores donated their stock of such items to local hospitals, as did this Harbor Freight Tools in Brooklyn did.

Empty Eight Avenue and 31 Street

The major bridges have very little vehicular traffic as this photograph of the entrance of the Manhattan Bridge, on the Manhattan side shows.

Empty Dumbo, Brooklyn, next to the Manhattan Bridge. Normally, this road would be bumper to bumper with cars.

Where are all of the people? The Main Post Office on Eighth Avenue and 33 Street.

Are these pigeons practicing "social distancing"?

Empty East 16 Street and Fifth Avenue.

The new Hudson Yards on Ninth Avenue and 30 Street is completely empty.

The Church of the Holy Innocents on West 37 Street, off of Broadway.

Entrance to the Manhattan Bridge on the Brooklyn Side.

The Bowery (3rd Avenue), looking north from St. Mark's Place.

The Main Manhattan Post Office on Eighth Avenue and 32 Street.


Sixth Avenue looking uptown from Greenwich Avenue.


All Churches and religious facilities have been encouraged to close. This sign is interesting.


Times Square is a ghost town.


Refrigeration trucks at a Brooklyn hospital. I did not see any activity going on, though I did not see inside.

The Williamsburg Bridge without traffic. This would have been completely unheard of a few months ago.


The former and well known Gem Spa news stand on the normally crowded St. Marks Place and Second Avenue.


Washington Square Park


Washington Square Park with street musicians still perform.

It looks like the lady is wearing a fashionable hazmat suit, however she was driving her motorcycle and didn't want to leave her helmet on the bike!

Looking Down Broadway.

Canal Street looking East.

Canal Street in China Town


Canal Street looking east from Lafayette Street.

Normally the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge on the Manhattan side would have bumper to bumper traffic during rush hour. Today, it is like a Sunday morning.


Normally very busy Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint Brooklyn, looking east.


Dumbo, Brooklyn, is without the normal thousands of tourists.


Dumbo, Brooklyn Park


Empty Broome Street looking west. This street is almost always jam packed with cars headed towards the Holland Tunnel.

Bicycles riding down the middle of Second Avenue at Houston Street in Manhattan


People waiting to buy coffee on Sunday on Lafayette Street.

Many if not most of the people are wearing surgical type face masks.


Person enjoying a bike ride on a sunny Sunday in Washington Square Park.


The elderly are said to be the most at risk. Here they are wearing masks in Washington Square Park.

32 Street and 8th Avenue

32 Street and 7th Ave


Fuel prices drop. $246/gallon


 Homeless on the streets




Covid-19 advertisement 32/8th

Main Post Office 32/8th




Famous 24/7 Wo Hop closed.


Washington Square park

Fearful Corona homemade sign




Bicycle use increases


Empty Manhattan Bridge




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What if and what can or might be.

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