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Looking forward to 2021
We’ve heard so much about
what a horrible year 2020
has been — and make no
mistake, it has been horrible.
The coronavirus, social unrest,
protests, political divisions, economic
strife — there is little redemption for
2020, and all of us will look back on it
with varying degrees of anguish.
We live in a dark period, and in
darkness, despair too easily sets in.
Yet there remains room for light and
hope, particularly in this city, as we
have much to look forward to in the
year ahead — even as we cope with
the very diffi cult present before us.
For one thing, COVID-19’s grip
upon our city, country and world,
while still too awfully tight, is slowly
loosening. Vaccines — a miraculous
feat developed at record speed with
the advent of science and the marvels
of human ingenuity — are fi nally beginning
to be administered.
The crisis is far from over; we must
all continue to be careful, smart and
safe. But each person vaccinated
brings us a little closer to the end of
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We are all looking forward to a better 2021. Photo via Getty Images
this horrifi c tragedy — and not a return
to normalcy, but rather a return
to life as each of us wants to lead it.
The streets of our city will become
busy again. Businesses will reopen
in full; those businesses that didn’t
survive the year will be succeeded by
others that will survive decades. The
economy will roll once more.
But we also look forward toward
the rebuilding of New York as a more
equitable city. This year has brought
to the fore the long-ignored issues of
inequality. The eff ort to end disparity
in New York City has only begun; it
won’t be completed in a year or a few
years, but it must continue.
We also have a new ally in President
elect Biden, who takes offi ce on
Jan. 20. We hope he gives this city
the help it needs to rebuild — and
that those who work to undermine
him because Trump lost will have a
change of heart, and respect the will
of the people.
Our wish for you as we head into
2021 is peace, health and happiness,
now and in the future — and that
we take care of ourselves and each