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Battery Park 04:45
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Bowery 05:02
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Bryant Park 05:02
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Chelsea 04:58
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Chinatown 05:00
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Civic Center 05:00
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East Harlem 05:02
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Flatiron 05:02
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Harlem 05:52
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Inwood 05:02
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Kips Bay 05:02
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Koreatown 05:02
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Lenox Hill 05:02
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Little Italy 04:52
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Marble Hill 05:00
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Murray Hill 05:02
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NoHo 05:07
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NoMad 05:02
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Rose Hill 05:02
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SoHo 1 05:01
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Sugar Hill 05:02
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Sutton Place 05:02
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Times Square 05:00
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Tribeca 05:02
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Tudor City 05:02
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Two Bridges 04:56
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Union Square 05:00
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Wall Street 04:55
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Yorkville 05:02

about

A couple of days into NYC’s Corona Virus quarantine, I realized the city was entering a period where it would be the quietest it's ever been in modern times.

It was amazing to consider that the sound of the city, where people, cars, trucks, buses, trains and planes are active all hours of the day and night, reached a near halt on March 20th.

I decided then to document the iconic parts of the city that would normally be bustling with tourists and locals alike, setting off to record a compiled list of about 40 locations.

Half way through the list, I was compelled by the idea of making a field recording in every single neighborhood in all five boroughs of the city to document the new sonic landscape of this unique moment in history.

I started doing some research, and while the exact number is a topic for debate, I came up with around 375 neighborhoods that I would need to visit.

Using printed maps of each borough, I drove to each neighborhood and made recordings without leaving my car. For most of these aural documents, I would arrive at my destination, stick the microphones out of the window, record for 5 minutes, then move on to the next location. I did this week after week starting March 23rd and finishing on June 7th, probably driving around 3,000 miles in the process.

I invite you now to put on some headphones and journey throughout NYC like you never have been able to before.

You will discover some neighborhoods have an eerie stillness to them, while others are bustling with activity almost like 'normal' times. And every now and again you’ll catch snippets of conversations and announcements reflective of what the world was going through in the moment.

Thank you for listening.

credits

released August 3, 2020

all recordings made by Geoff Gersh using:
Sound Devices Mix Pre 3
Lom Usi Pro mics
Bubblebee & homemade wind screens

art/graphic design by barnowldesign.com

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A collection of field recordings made in every single neighborhood in NYC documenting the quieter city while under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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