It took a pandemic for the Gurocks and the Catanias of Anderson Avenue to finally meet.

Although the couples lived two doors away from each other in Fort Lee, N.J., busy schedules meant they didn’t cross paths. But when Michael Gurock, 37, started taking midmorning neighborhood strolls during the pandemic, he met his neighbor, Marie Catania, who is 76. As they got to know each other better, they discovered that Ms. Catania years ago had been the teacher of Mr. Gurock’s wife—at an elementary school in a nearby town.

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New York may be just months away from seeming like its former self — restaurants and bars buzzing with people, subways full of vaccinated riders. The next few weeks will bring many reasons to feel hopeful. An increase in vaccine supply means appointments should be easier to secure, and the warmer weather will begin to draw people out of their homes.But look closer and you see the truth. New York couldn’t possibly emerge from this year the same. Not after all this. Every street, block and building has suffered loss in some form.The make-do adjustments, pivots and reactions of the last year have since calcified, becoming regular parts of the day. This is the new New York, and these are some of the new New York lives.

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