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Local artist installs ‘Thank You’ sign near Elmhurst Hospital
BY BENJAMIN MANDILE
“Th ank You” signs are popping up
around New York City, thanks to one
Staten Islander Scott LoBaido, a 30-year
veteran of the professional art scene, has
taken to the streets to install “Th ank You”
signs across from hospitals fi ghting the
Th e initiative started in Staten Island,
but when LoBaido saw the public’s and
hospital workers’ responses to the act of
kindness, he decided to create them in
each borough of New York City, which is
currently the epicenter of the pandemic.
Th e 8-foot-by-40-foot installations are
created in his yard with his jig saw before
he brings them to the sites, where he
tapes and wires them in place. He initially
thought of creating a giant nurse structure,
but decided that a “Th ank You” was
in order for those on the frontlines.
LoBaido recently installed a sign at
Elmhurst Hospital, where workers are
working tirelessly to curb the spread of
the virus. He said he keeps safe from
exposure by remaining back from people
while out and washing his hands.
He added that others can also show
their support for hospitals by creating
signs in their own yards and windows to
show their appreciation for those helping.
Scott LoBaido, 55, from Staten Island posts a large “Thank You” note dedicated to the health workers of the nearby Elmhurst Hospital Center who are
treating and testing people for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Queens, New York City, U.S., March 27, 2020.
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