The masks are coming off.
The subways are becoming crowded.
New York is returning to normal.
But is normal what we want?

In @NYTmag, @jonathanmahler asks: Can New York recover from the decades of division and inequality that the virus exposed?
The pandemic brought out New York’s long-term failures: Underresourced public hospitals. The paucity of affordable housing. Students in the public school system with no devices and no stable internet who couldn't participate in remote learning.
But now, there’s an opportunity to redirect and to make New York a better, fairer place, @jonathanmahler writes.
What will New York do with this moment? @jonathanmahler spent the last six months traveling around the city, talking to people who are trying to shape its post-pandemic future.

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