In order to make the creative world feel a bit less lonely and a bit more connected in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been publishing a new blog series—CoviDiaries—that brings us into the homes and minds of various designers, illustrators and other professionals, to see how they’re coping. Today’s dispatch collects Debbie Millman’s five-part New York City series.


Shortly before the world went on lockdown, artist and designer Debbie Millman crossed the coast from her native New York City to Los Angeles, where her fiancée is based. A couple of weeks later, Millman began a series dedicated to her hometown.

As she writes, “Roxane and I are so happy to be together anywhere, but it’s hard to be away from our beloved city during this time. ‘Ode to New York in the Time of Covid’ is my attempt to celebrate the great city I’ve lived in all my life.”

All told, it’s a kaleidoscopic exploration of a city like no other.

 

The Jersey City fireboat in New York Harbor

 

Statue of Liberty

 

View from New Jersey on the “Miss New York” boat

 

Jeff Koons inflatable sculpture in Rockefeller Center

 

Tom Otterness brass sculpture in the 14th Street A-line subway

 

Street pole sign by 100 Days of It’s OK

 

Manhole cover in front of the Whitney Museum

 

Art by Brian Singer

 

Gay Pride parade

 

Wheat-pasted poster across the street from ABC Carpet

 


 

New York City from an airplane

 

Photograph of me on Staten Island, 1970

 

Albemarle Playground in Brooklyn

 

Albemarle Playground in Brooklyn

 

Brownstone in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan

 

The Empire State Building celebrating Gay Pride

 

Hatch Creative Studio mural in Brooklyn

 

Sidewalk near the New York Public Library

 

Map of NYC by Archie’s Press

 

Photograph taken in Dubai, 2017

 


 

LaGuardia Airport runway

 

Midtown Manhattan

 

“The Artist Is Present” performance by Marina Abramović

 

Gay Street sign for 2019 Pride Parade

 

Piano player and dog in the Financial District

 

Liz Christy Community Center, the first community garden in New York City, founded 1973; located on the Northeast corner of Bowery and Houston Streets in Manhattan

 

Central Park

 

Invader in Chelsea

 

Lawrence Weiner artwork at South Street piers

 

9/11 Memorial, 2018

 


 

In Pursuit of Magic graffiti in the West Village

 

Prada Soho window display

 

Hayden Planetarium

 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude gates

 

The elevator shaft at Invisible Dog, Brooklyn

 

Voting sign at Chelsea Prep elementary school

 

“OYYO” sculpture by legendary artist Deborah Kass, photographed with my dear friend Christine Mau

 

Rainbow viewed from plane pre-take-off at JFK airport

 

Water lilies at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

 

“Hope” sculpture by Robert Indiana at the intersection of 53rd Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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