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NYC Reopens

A Few Wall Street Traders Stayed When Everyone Fled the Office

Some had to go in. Some chose to, even if they weren’t supposed to. Others did it out of loyalty. At least one forgot how to set up his home office.

A pedestrian pass in front of the New York Stock Exchange.
Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Editor’s Note: No city is more important to America’s economy than New York, and none has been hit harder by the coronavirus. “NYC Reopens” examines life in the capital of capitalism as the city takes its first halting steps toward a new normal.

He rides the elevator alone. Sits at the desk alone. Eats lunch alone. But mostly Michael Beth works nearly alone inside a glass high-rise on the Hudson River.