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Sidewalk Socials: In Brooklyn, Coronavirus Pushes Life To Sidewalks And Online

By Sam Bojarski

Vamel Baron, left, sits near a group of men gathered on the sidewalk. Photo credit: Sam Bojarski

Seated near the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Clarendon Road, as a throng of bystanders gathered nearby, Vamel Baron lamented the loss of life that coronavirus has caused in the neighborhood, particularly among older residents. Many have had to adapt to a new way of life.

“The hard thing is, people don’t invite others to their home anymore, so you have to do it on the streets,” said Baron, a Flatbush resident who worked as a taxi driver until February.

As spring turned to summer, general unease about the coronavirus has given way to a new way of life across Haitian enclaves — more outdoor living and virtual visiting.  

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Sam Bojarski

Sam Bojarski

Sam Bojarski has been covering Haiti and its diaspora for The Haitian Times since 2018. He is currently covering New York's Haitian community as a Report for America corps member.
Sam Bojarski
Aug. 31, 2020