The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the entire world shift in order to maintain businesses and international economies, while still attempting to ensure safety for everyone. Not every business has been able to stay afloat, and the virus has seen a record number of bankruptcies in the past seven months. Restaurants and dining establishments in particular have struggled to stay open while maintaining a safe environment for both patrons and employees. Here, in New York City, many eateries have turned to outdoor seating in order to meet the demand of New Yorkers who wish to eat out.
A restaurant on east 6th street and 1st ave in Manhattan maintains an urban garden for patrons to sit by as they dine. September 14, 2020. Photo by Isabel Beer
Diners sit by Peter Jarema’s Funeral Home in Manhattan as they eat their meals. Funeral homes all over New York City were overwhelmed by the volume of COVID-19 related deaths at the start of the pandemic. September 14, 2020 Photo by Isabel Beer
Two patrons dine outdoors at a Cooper Ave cafe, before indoor dining resumes for fall and winter on Sept 24. September 14, 2020. Photo by Isabel Beer
A car squeezes through outdoor dining areas in Manhattan, illustrating how restaurants and eateries have had to occupy city streets and sidewalks to serve patrons. September 14, 2020. Photo by Isabel Beer
A bar on east 7th street serves take away alcoholic beverages, a departure from establishments discouraging patrons from drinking off their premises. September 14, 2020. Photo by Isabel Beer
Sushi restaurant, Suki, on east 7th street prepares for indoor dining which resumes in New York City on Sept. 24. September 14, 2020. Photo by Isabel Beer
A shuttered cafe displaying vintage Playboy magazines in Manhattan has brought in all furniture. September 14, 2020. Photo by Isabel Beer