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The New York You Once Knew Is Gone. The One You Loved Remains.

Those of us who stayed in New York are faced with the task of keeping the city alive. We aren’t going anywhere.

Illustration: Michelle Kondrich

GEN asked two writers to explore what it means to stay in New York, and what it’s like to leave. Meghan Daum left New York to quarantine in Appalachia. Glynnis MacNicol