A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from April 14, 2020
“The City that Never Sleeps is taking a nap” (2019–20 coronavirus pandemic)

New York City has been called the “City that Never Sleeps.” The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, however, resulted in many closures.

“New York City — the city that never sleeps — is taking a nap” was posted on the Times Union (Albany, NY) blog on March 13, 2020. “Well it finally happened....walking home from work and the city that never sleeps is napping” was posted on Twitter by LL on March 15, 2020. “NAP FOR CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS: Mayor orders restaurants, bars, theaters closed” was printed in the Ottawa (ON) Citizen on March 16, 2020.


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Times Union (Albany, NY)
A.M. Roundup: NY bans large gatherings as COVID-19 cases in Capital Region rise
By Ben Mehic on March 13, 2020 at 6:30 AM
(...)
New York City — the city that never sleeps — is taking a nap. It’s a result of the governor banning gatherings with more than 500 people. Schools, hospitals and nursing homes are exempt from the restriction, but many have opted into it anyway. (AP/TU)

Twitter
LL
@LoreleiNJNYC
Well it finally happened....walking home from work and the city that never sleeps is napping ....
8:54 PM · Mar 15, 2020·Twitter Web App

Ottawa (ON) Citizen
NAP FOR CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS: Mayor orders restaurants, bars, theaters closed
Reuters
Publishing date:March 16, 2020
NEW YORK — The city that never sleeps will be taking a break from the action.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday said he was ordering the city’s famed restaurants, theaters, bars and movie houses closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Twitter
barry mccokinner
@EF___8
The city that never sleeps is napping now LMAO
Quote Tweet
Cameron C
@cameronc89
· Mar 17
For anyone still thinking that the pandemic is a joke or a hoax: Las Vegas is shutting down for 30 days. Sin City is going dark, so you need to do your damn job and self-isolate! #vegasshutdown https://reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/nevada-casinos-closing-for-30-days-following-state-order-1984236/
4:28 AM · Mar 18, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Jon Rothstein
@JonRothstein
The City That Never Sleeps is officially taking a nap.
Quote Tweet
CNN
@CNN
· Mar 20
JUST IN: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that 100% of non-essential workers should stay home. Only essential businesses will be functioning. Cuomo is calling it “New York state on pause.” https://cnn.it/2Ww3tvh
11:24 AM · Mar 20, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
C Robinson
@Omaha550
Everyone says New York is the city that never sleeps
But it damn sure been napping for the last few days
6:55 AM · Mar 21, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Katie Schwartz
@KatieKate5678
The next reporter to say “The city that never sleeps is napping” needs to stand in the corner and think about how to make better jokes.
3:44 PM · Mar 24, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
ABS-CBN News Channel
@ANCALERTS
The “city that never sleeps” takes a nap.
The streets of New York City are empty, as residents of the Big Apple stay at home to prevent further spreading of #COVID19.
New York has reported nearly 60,000 cases and a total of 965 deaths on Sunday. (Video from Reuters)
1:00
7:53 PM · Mar 29, 2020·Twitter Media Studio

Twitter
Toxic
@MARVinMOTION
The city that never sleeps is currently napping
1:46 PM · Mar 30, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
no cuts no buts no coconuts
@damn_elle
Looking at pics of an empty NYC is eerie and surreal. The city that never sleeps, is taking a nap.
9:53 AM · Apr 1, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
lucas compan
@lucas_compan
The city that never sleeps is just taking a nap
#NewYork #StayHome #StayStrong #StayPositive #StreetPhotographyFromHome
12:43 PM · Apr 2, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
devourTheCity.com
@devourTheCity
The city that never sleeps is taking the ultimate power nap.
6:27 AM · Apr 4, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Bryan Carey
@bryancarey
The City That Never Sleeps Is Taking A Nap...#nystrong IRed heartNY
0:01
9:37 PM · Apr 5, 2020 from Carnegie Hill Mall·Twitter for iPhone

Business Review (Romania)
Photo gallery: Iconic Dacia 1300 auto from 1977 to be seen in lockdown New York City
Oana Vasiliu 13/04/2020 | 17:09
Romanian photographer Eduard Pălăghiţă pictured a Dacia1300 auto from 1977 on New York streets, during its lockdown. Quite unusual to see the Romanian iconic car in the city that never sleeps, being shot in an album entitled “The city that never sleeps is taking a nap”.

Twitter
Ahfeck
@Ahfeck_Co
Rare footage of the city that never sleeps taking a nap #ATeam #BlackOwened #10th #Ahfeck #Aco #NewYork #NYC #Fashion #WeBack #Love
2:01 PM · Apr 15, 2020·Hootsuite Inc.

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