Photo Essay: A Pall Descends on Times Square Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

BARUCH COLLEGE — With much of the globe under lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Times Square, “the crossroads of the world,” offered a sobering view of how the pandemic has shut down commerce and tourism, altering life in a way that was unimaginable only days earlier.

These photos were taken on March 19 as New York City began shutting down in earnest. The next day, on March 20, Gov. Andrew Cuomo would issue an executive order forcing all non-essential businesses to close in-office functions.