Public Spaces Weren’t Designed for Pandemics. NYC Is Trying to Adapt

The pandemic, which has taken away so much already, has created new challenges for public places that are, by design, meant to be shared by everyone, and are central to cities like New York, where limited space forces people together.

New York City has vastly expanded its network of public spaces over the past two decades — including new showcase parks and pedestrian plazas carved from streets — that serve as the backyard for countless New Yorkers who live in small apartments.