For many New Yorkers, the time of coronavirus will be defined by two sounds. One is the ambulance siren, shrieking at all hours through deserted streets. The other is its opposite: the nightly 7 o’clock cheer for front-line workers.
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The collective cheering ritual started in Wuhan, China, in January and spread across the globe in the virus’s wake. Here, it is sometimes accompanied by the song “New York, New York.”
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In a city where the instinct to gather in crowds has been thwarted by the virus, the cheering that began in late March gives people — from their separate windows, terraces, fire escapes, stoops and rooftops — a way to connect.
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Each night, it begins with a few claps, building to a standing ovation for the hundreds of thousands of people saving lives and keeping the city running: health care providers, emergency medical workers, grocery workers, delivery riders.
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Some of the loudest cheering is on Manhattan’s East Side, home to several big hospitals. Car horns, air horns, pots and pans, and hoots and shouts make a two-minute symphony.
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On the West Side, members of the National Guard, who were in town to help set up a hospital inside a convention center, turned to acknowledge the cheers.
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For one nurse, Oswaldo Luciano, the cheers bring strong emotions: “I avoid being out on the street at 7 p.m.,” he said, “because if on my walk home I would hear all that cheering, I would break down and cry.”
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