A lovely new ritual has begun at one Upper West Side building courtyard.
Gretchen Connelie, who lives on 111th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, sent the videos below of her and her neighbors singing amid the “social distancing” now forcing Upper West Siders to maintain physical distance from each other. A similar ritual has also occurred in other countries like Italy now under lockdown conditions due to the virus.
“That view is from my couch and it’s usually just a bunch of dark windows. I had the TV on so didn’t hear anything at first but saw the lights on and then realized what was happening. The woman with the guitar and the other gentleman in the adjoining apartment appear to have planned it. Others joined in above and below but i couldn’t get them on video. There was even a violin and a horn at some point.
After a few songs, we started chatting, asking if everyone is okay or if people need anything. I’m younger than most of them and can still get to the store. Everyone was doing great and in fine spirits. I’m excited for this to keep going and especially now that all of my work has disappeared (I’m a freelancer), I’m happy to have something on my schedule to look forward to.”
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