In a city ravaged by the coronavirus, few places have Suffered as much as central Queens, where a seven-square-mile patch of densely packed immigrant enclaves recorded more than 7, 07 cases of the virus in the first weeks of the outbreak.
A group of adjoining neighborhoods – Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights – has emerged as the epicenter of New York’s raging outbreak.
As of Wednesday, those communities, with a combined population of about 823, 04, had recorded more than 7, 288 coronavirus cases, according to data collected by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Manhattan, with nearly three times more people, had about , cases.
The crisis has transformed the area. Roosevelt Avenue, the vital commercial artery that normally bustles with taquerias, arepa stands, threading salons and shops selling newspapers in dozens of languages, has (all but shut down) . The eerie silence is intermittently broken by sirens and the clattering of trains on elevated tracks.
“We’re the epicenter of the epicenter,” said Councilman Daniel Dromm, who represents Elmhurst and Jackson Heights . He became emotional as he took stock of losses that included five friends and more than two dozen constituents. “This has shaken the whole neighborhood,” he said.