Home2020 (Page 5)

March 2020

[caption id="attachment_22226" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] A staff member prepares items for pantry bags at Bread and Life's food pantry / Photo Courtesy of St. John's Bread and Life[/caption] On a normal day, the large and brightly lit cafeteria at St. John’s Bread and Life bustles with people, who sit at round tables and enjoy their freshly cooked meals. At breakfast, there might be scrambled eggs, bacon and pancakes, and at lunchtime, chicken and fries. But these are not normal days. Over the past few weeks, the only signs of life at the Brooklyn soup kitchen have been the dedicated staff members as

[caption id="attachment_22168" align="aligncenter" width="449"] One of the to-go boxes prepared at a Oaxaca Taqueria location for hungry schoolchildren. / Photo courtesy of Oaxaca Taqeuria[/caption] When they came to get their lunch on the first day, it was pouring rain. But the young boy and his older sister waited patiently in the downpour to pick up their free lunch at Oaxaca Taqueria at its Upper East Side location. They came back again on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, never at the same time. Each day, the siblings waited outside, where signs on every window urged them to wait, until the workers signaled that

In 1979, Kermit the Frog sang: “Someday we’ll find it The Rainbow Connection  The lovers, the dreamers, and me” In 2020 during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Brooklynites finally found it. All across Brooklyn, families are placing rainbow drawings and paintings in their windows, creating a makeshift I-Spy game for children in the neighborhood as social distancing becomes the new norm. [gallery ids="22121,22120,22119,22117,22116,22115,22118"] As cases of COVID-19 spread across the city, social distancing upended the normal playdate routines for many children in the borough, leaving families no choice but to find creative ways to engage their children and connect with other kids from a distance.  Marisa Migdal, a Brooklyn