Coronavirus Chronicle – Week 10

WW II veteran, Jim Pasanello, salutes the passing Hastings Fire Department trucks as they drive by his home.
Jim Pasanello waves at this girlfriend Anne Schnibbe. This is the first time Jim and Anne have seen each other since the quarantine began.
Anne Schnibbe waves back at her boyfriend Jim Pasanello.
Sy Schlachter, a 95 year old WW II veteran, stands and waves outside his home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Sy Schlacter waves as the Hastings Fire Department parades outside his home in honor of his 95th birthday.
Lisa O’Reilly, Recreation Assistant for the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, makes sure the flags are properly placed on the lawn at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Park.
Parents and students hold up signs and wave at the passing cars as they participate in the Hastings School District Teacher Parade.
A teenager wears a face mask as he waits for the bus in the Greystone neighborhood of Yonkers, NY.
A jogger crosses the street in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
A tired paramedic responds to a non-Covid-19 call.

Coronavirus Chronicle – Week 9


Bread and Brine owners Jeremy Mclellan, Alex Sze, and Corey Gelber pose outside their Hastings-on-Hudson, NY restaurant.


Seniors enjoying a warm sunny day in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


A mail carrier out making his rounds in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


A thank you sign on a post.  One of many gestures of gratitude that can be seen outside homes and in yards in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


Seven-year-old Simon Lan and his mother wave at the passing fire truck, part of the birthday drive-bys organized by the Hastings-on-Hudson Fire Department.


Street scene in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


Skateboarders hanging out by the Hastings-on-Hudson train station.

Coronavirus Chronicle – Week 8


A firefighter looks out from his window while responding to an alarm in the Greystone neighborhood of Yonkers, NY.


Gino Uli, the owner of Divino, poses inside his restaurant in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


Ellen Sledge, the owner of Penny Lick, poses outside her ice cream shop in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


A woman reads a newspaper inside a laundromat in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


A cyclist rides past closed businesses in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


A man walks his dog in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


A girl walks her dog in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


A new memorial called “Ribbons of Remembrance” now stands at Lenoir Preserve overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades dedicated to Westchester County residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19.


Enjoying a quiet contemplative moment, a woman sits down to view the sun set over the Palisades Cliffs in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Coronavirus Chronicle – Week 7


Igor Brinman holds his daughter Leah in as they wave the fire department’s birthday caravan.


Igor Brinman tosses his daughter Leah in the air as they await the fire department’s birthday caravan.


T’nyas Catalan gets her hair done outside her home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


On what has become a daily ritual in New York, residents of an apartment complex applaud and cheer the healthcare workers working on the front lines.


A man walks down a street in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


Paramedics load a patient into an ambulance in Yonkers, NY.


A face mask lies discarded on the street in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


A makeshift altar sits on a sidewalk in the village of Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Coronavirus Chronicle – Week 6


Firefighters gathered in front of the Andrus-on-Hudson senior nursing home to cheer and thank the nurses and staff who work in the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.


A jogger runs in front of the St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, NY.


Pedestrians wearing face masks walk past a thank you sign in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.


Sitting by their apartment window, two girls bang their pots and clap in appreciation of the frontline healthcare workers in Yonkers, NY.


A train conductor peers out of a window wearing a mask from a departing Metro-North train at the Greystone station in Yonkers, NY.


A local wine store in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY advises customers to keep their social distance.


A woman wearing a face mask walks past a local market in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Coronavirus Chronicle – Week 5

The seven o’clock cheer. Standing outside her apartment building, Ellen bangs her pot lids in appreciation for the frontline healthcare workers who put their lives on the line so that others may live.
A sign warns residents to observe social distancing guidelines at a neighborhood park in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Virtual services are now being offered at one of the local churches through the popular Zoom app in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
A woman walks past the statue of David in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
In keeping with the current pandemic guidelines, a wooden statue of a bear stands outside a home while wearing a face mask in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
A woman walks down an empty street while wearing a face mask in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Local residents line up to buy groceries at one of the area supermarkets in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Coronavirus Chronicle – Week 3

It’s the third week of the quarantine and the days now starting to blend with one another.  The weekends, which used to provide an escape from the daily work routine and a much-needed break from the commute to the city, seem to have lost all meaning.  Yesterday, as I walked through the neighboring village of Hastings-On-Hudson, I saw a teenage girl riding her skateboard down Main Street wearing a surgical mask.  A scene that may have looked odd only a few weeks ago now a sign of the new normal.




View of St. Matthews’s Catholic church in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY.  Due to the virus outbreak, the church has canceled all on-site services.  Instead, services are now being streamed via Facebook.


By now we’ve all heard the stories of New York City residents who give a nightly round of applause to the healthcare workers and other people who keep life moving.  While I haven’t seen that gesture of gratitude here, as I was walking, I did notice this thank you sign hanging from a light post outside a home.



A senior resident peers into the closed library in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

In an attempt to stay sane during these strange and trying times we’re living in, I’ve decided to create a photo diary that I hope to update on a daily basis. Today I went out for a long walk in the neighboring town of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. There I came across this scene of the senior man peering into the closed library, which gave me a sense of the isolation we’re all experiencing now. The accompanying photo of the book was taken at a small park next to the library. The book had already been placed there and the wind had blown it open, tearing some of the pages and scattering them on the grass below. As I approached it, a gust of wind flipped it to the title page. It felt as if the photography gods had set it up for my picture.


A book lies open atop a stone wall in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York