Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

By Cristy

March 31, 2020

New York can’t survive without the hard work of thousands of so-called essential workers. We wanted to put a face to their sacrifice during this pandemic.

Photos by Beatriz Ramos | Text by Yehudit Mam

From keeping our streets and homes disinfected to delivering the food we eat and maintaining order during this crisis. We wanted to put a face to the thousands of men and women risking their lives to keep our society functional every day. Needless to say, a lot of them are Latinos.

Abdul is stationed on 5th Avenue, well protected and keeping the peace. He lives in Manhattan.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

We didn’t get his name. He seemed to be all by himself with all those packages. We are about to realize the limits of unlimited convenience.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

Charlie lives in East Harlem. He is disinfecting a building all the way to the East Village. Obviously, they are taking no chances. The protective gear changes from workplace to workplace.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

Mario lives in Brooklyn, but here he is delivering pizza for a joint on 34th Street. He is super essential. He’s Super Mario.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

Nilsa is a School Traffic Officer. She’s sent to work even though all schools are closed and everyone is home. She lives in the Lower East Side.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

How many unsung people are keeping things running smoothly for us? Oscar works in infrastructure for utilities. He lives in Long Island.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

Keira is holding the fort at the Bryant Park subway station. Approached outside her booth, she said: “please don’t get close to me”. She was nice but visibly anxious. She lives in Westchester.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

Neither snow, nor sleet, nor gloom of night. Danika cheerfully delivers mail on a sunny morning. Meanwhile, the USPS is getting $25 billion in relief funds to avoid its collapse by June.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

Kerri continues to clean the streets of Times Square even though there are not thousands of daily tourists on sight— as usual.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

Manuel works for a concrete pumping company. He doesn’t speak English. Construction has been declared essential work in New York.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

These are some of the people who keep New York humming. Some of the most essential workers are some of the most vulnerable. Their dignity is striking.

Photo Essay: Faces Of Our Essential Workers

¡Muchas gracias a todos y todas por su dedicación! Please stay safe. You are essential people too.

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