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People enjoy the warm weather at Central Park in New York.

People enjoy the warm weather at Central Park in New York.

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New York City Is Roaring Back to Life, One Year After Its Nadir

When the pandemic emptied NYC’s streets last year, some declared it dead. But after a terrible, painful year, it’s now defying those declarations.

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Rush hour traffic is back. Noise complaints are picking up. And it’s once again difficult to score a reservation at your favorite brunch spot.

When the pandemic emptied New York City’s streets last year, some declared it dead. But after a terrible, painful year, the city is now defying those declarations — and getting its mojo back.