Every evening at 7pm, the city erupts with loud cheering, horn-honking, whistling and the banging of pots and pans as residents give thanks to healthcare and other essential workers who are risking their lives to make sure we are all safe and the city still functions during this global COVID-19 pandemic. You can follow the phenomenon at #ClapBecauseWeCare and #clapbecausewecareNYC.
Last night, I was in Tompkins Square Park with red-tailed hawk, Christo, as 7pm rolled around and loud church bells sounded the start of the cheer. In the video below, all the sound is from the streets surrounding the park. It was much louder in person, and very moving.
As most of us are cooped up at home the majority of the time these days due to PAUSE, the daily cheer not only reminds me of all the work being done by doctors, nurses, EMTs, transit workers, delivery people, grocery store workers, pharmacists, drivers, police and postal workers, but also that I live in a wonderful community with neighbors who care. It's heartwarming and gives me hope.