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This COVID-19 lockdown diary from New York City was written for Ida Faldbakken and the rest of the Katapult Future Fest team in Oslo.

Today is May Day 2020. Here in New York — the epicenter of the global COVID-19 pandemic — the air swells with spring rain. Sirens wail and gusts of wind tear through newly-bloomed tulips. Tonight, as with every night at seven, a jagged wail will rise from the streets and alleys around me: clapping, hooting, car horns, and one woman who simply needs to scream.

New Yorkers create this new ritual reactively, ardently, as the virus…

Sam Hinds

Sam Hinds is Director of Creative Strategy at Data & Society ( in New York City.

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