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A Day in the Life of Wall Street Shows NYC at Cusp of Comeback

While the biggest banks prepare to bring workers back, a city of financiers gets shoes shined, hair dyed and beer-battered crab for lunch.

During the pandemic, much of the work on Wall Street was done from home or mostly emptied offices. But things are beginning to change.

During the pandemic, much of the work on Wall Street was done from home or mostly emptied offices. But things are beginning to change.

Photographer: Amir Hamja/Bloomberg

Jon Corzine was about to leave his Upper East Side apartment at 7:25 on Wednesday morning before his wife, Sharon, stopped him.

“Your mask,” she reminded the former head of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Corzine, who’s now running the hedge fund JDC-JSC, stepped into the elevator and out onto Fifth Avenue to walk to the midtown Manhattan office where he spent nine months alone. But things are changing. A trader joined him in March, and next week he’s going to take his first in-person meeting since Covid-19 began ravaging New York more than a year ago.