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CoviDiaries: Debbie Millman’s Ode to NYC

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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