We’re certainly living in unprecedented times, dealing with a pandemic that has shut down – at one time or another – most of the United States. Covid-19 has also claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. In mid-March, New York saw its first coronavirus-related death. Not too long after that first death, schools statewide were shut down and, by March 20, 2020, all non-essential businesses were shut down.

The normally bustling streets of New York City, typically mixed with New Yorkers and tourists shoulder to shoulder as they rush to their destination, emptied out due to stay at home orders. During one of those quiet days of quarantine, photographer Mingomatic took absolutely haunting and beautiful drone footage of New York City. The following footage was shot by drone, from a helicopter, and even walking through the silenced streets.

Feel the eerie silence of a day in New York City, shut down at the height of the coronavirus, as the video takes you on an aerial and street-level journey of the most familiar spots in The City That Never Sleeps – Grand Central Station, Wall Street, Chinatown, Rockefeller Center, and more. You’ll pass NBC Studios, and journey through Broadway toward Times Square.

Click above to watch the hauntingly beautiful footage. You can also view the drone footage of New York City on YouTube.

Today, New York City has begun the slow process of reopening. Have you been to New York City since it has entered Phase four (or even before)? What was it like? Let us know in the comments.

What did you think of this drone footage of New York City? Have you ever seen the city streets so quiet? Join the conversation in the comments! Have you ever wondered what like New York was like a century ago? Check out this footage of from the roaring 20s.

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