[WATCH] Here' How Epidemics Have Made New York City Better in the Past

As New York enters its fifth interminable week of lockdown, the future seems murkier than ever, while the fissures—social, racial, and economic—in society grow ever more stark.

The city is no stranger to disaster, having weathered wars, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, financial crashes, and a slew of population-decimating epidemics. And at each desperate juncture, New York has grown and transformed even as it healed. In this video, we take a look at how past epidemics have shaped the city for the better, and the lessons we can learn from them.

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