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Annadale 05:05
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Arlington 05:04
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Arrochar 05:02
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Bay Terrace 05:02
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Bloomfield 04:58
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Bulls Head 04:36
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Butler Manor 05:00
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Charleston 05:00
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Clifton 04:56
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Concord 05:02
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Dongan Hills 05:00
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Egbertville 05:00
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Elm Park 05:04
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Eltingville 05:00
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Emerson Hill 05:00
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Fox Hills 04:58
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Graniteville 05:04
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Grant City 04:42
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Grasmere 05:00
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Great Kills 05:00
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Greenridge 05:00
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Grymes Hill 05:02
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Howland Hook 05:02
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Huguenot 05:02
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New Brighton 05:02
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New Dorp 04:57
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Oakwood 05:04
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Old Place 05:02
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Old Town 05:00
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Park Hill 05:02
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Princes Bay 05:00
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Richmond 05:02
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Rosebank 05:02
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Rossville 05:00
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Shore Acres 05:02
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Silverlake 05:02
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South Beach 05:00
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St. George 05:02
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Sunnyside 05:00
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Todt Hill 05:00
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Tottenville 04:56
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Westerleigh 05:02
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Willowbrook 05:00
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Woodrow 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:
Zoom H1
homemade mics
Bubblebee & homemade wind screens

art/graphic design by barnowldesign.com

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NYC Sounds COVID-19 New York, New York

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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