Sometimes it doesn't take much. Just decency. And compassion. Day after day, Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, his city and state, explains the current situation. He fights for military ships that can be turned into hospitals on the Hudson River and for ventilators, masks and gloves to fight the corona virus.
On Thursday, he spoke of his daughters, whose world is now shaken for the first time. They don't know what world they'll live in in a few years. Democrat Cuomo said: "We keep talking about it, we listen to each other, and ultimately it will strengthen them. Because they will know what is important in life. They will be better citizens."
New York City with its 8.5 million inhabitants has meanwhile become the world crisis center. On Saturday at noon in Germany, there were 602,262 confirmed Covid-19 infections, including 104,873 in the USA, around 46,094 in the state of New York and 26,697 in New York City, according to Johns Hopkins University. There were 1,711 deaths, 450 of them in New York City. (The numbers may vary depending on the status of the update)
"It's still just the beginning," says Cuomo, "we have to arm ourselves for what's coming."
New York is afraid of New York
It's a changed city, ghostly quiet and empty. The magic of New York is gone, apart from the blooming parks and the deep blue sky over the One World Trade Center or the Chrysler Building. People dodge each other in wide arches if they still go for a walk. Elevators, groceries, letters, all of these can be contagious. The city is narrow, threatens itself, New York is afraid of New York.
Andrew M. Cuomo has found the role of his life in this situation. Every morning, usually at 11:15 a.m., the governor steps in front of the journalists. He doesn't drag it out. He has work to do. But there are moments every day that get stuck, and actually there is always one in which Andrew Cuomo cannot hide his disgust - the disgust at Trump.
Red bus lane on 42nd Street: Midtown Manhattan is usually full of people and cars.
As one of the few connections between Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge is otherwise almost completely full of people.
Woman with a dog: Wall Street and the forecourt of the New York Stock Exchange are practically extinct.
Otherwise it is not so easy to keep a safe distance on the Lower Eastside.
Solitary on the East River: The UN main building looks even more lonely than usual these days.
Silence in Soho: The beautiful cobblestones on Mercer Street can otherwise be overlooked.
The sun draws light and shadow patterns on the empty streets of Manhattan.
Times Square: The demonstrative glow of the billboards reminds of better times.
Times Square again: Everything is there, only the people are missing.
At Lincoln Center: jogging in Corona times is a lonely affair.
Suddenly out of time: the legendary Radio City Music Hall concert hall.
Everything is illuminated - only for whom?
On Thursday, Donald Trump was on the phone at FOX News and told moderator Sean Hannity that the New Yorkers' desire to get a lot more ventilators very quickly was exaggerated. "You know," said Trump, "when you go to a hospital they have two or three ventilators there. And now, suddenly, they say, 'Can we order 30,000 ventilators?' I don't think 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators are needed. "
And Cuomo is now there to comment on Trump's words and says: "Everyone has the right to their own opinion. But I do not work here on the basis of opinions. I work on the basis of facts, data, numbers and forecasts."