Report From New York’s Containment Zone

When my wife and I quit Brooklyn 15 years ago to start a family in the suburbs, we were seeking a kind of refuge. The 9/11 attacks were still a recent memory. We wanted more living space and foliage, along with more safety. Apparently, so did a lot of other people. Our destination was sprawling Westchester County, just north of the Bronx, and it was full of New York City transplants. We bought our first house from one.

But the past two weeks have been a reminder that refuge can be illusory. In the early days of the coronavirus…

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