We are here to reimagine...

the way we say goodbye. In a time when our rituals around death have been interrupted and we cannot gather in-person, we want to bring New Yorkers together to tell and listen to the stories of those we’ve lost to COVID-19.

Our Story

THE CITY was founded to respond to the crisis in local news across New York’s five boroughs. The closure of multiple local news platforms combined with the dramatic downsizing of many other reporting teams has had a catastrophic impact on broad, consistent reporting on local affairs in the nation’s largest city. At a time when New York City’s population (9 million) and budget ($88 billion) are lar...
THE CITY was founded to respond to the crisis in local news across New York’s five boroughs. The closure of multiple local news platforms combined with the dramatic downsizing of many other reporting teams has had a catastrophic impact on broad, consistent reporting on local affairs in the nation’s largest city. At a time when New York City’s population (9 million) and budget ($88 billion) are larger than ever, the number of local reporters has plummeted. Local reporting is more important than ever for New York City as it faces the daunting challenges of recovery from the coronavirus crisis, police-community tensions and the November 2021 elections, which will fill nearly every major city and borough office. No matter what you think is New York’s most important priority or pressing need, it will not be fully or effectively addressed without local reporting.
THE CITY was founded to respond to the crisis in local news across New York’s five boroughs. The closure of multiple local news platforms combined with the dramatic downsizing of many other reporting teams has had a catastrophic impact on broad, consistent reporting on local affairs in the nation’s largest city. At a time when New York City’s population (9 million) and budget ($88 billion) are larger than ever, the number of local reporters has plummeted. Local reporting is more important than ever for New York City as it faces the daunting challenges of recovery from the coronavirus crisis, police-community tensions and the November 2021 elections, which will fill nearly every major city and borough office. No matter what you think is New York’s most important priority or pressing need, it will not be fully or effectively addressed without local reporting.

Upcoming Reimagine events

THE CITY's MISSING THEM Memorial Event

A Writing Workshop on Memory, Absence and Grief

Join us for a poetry workshop led by Jay Deshpande, presented by Brooklyn Public Library and THE CITY
Sun. December 13
Zoom
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Free

Mental and Spiritual Health Roundtable on Grief and Trauma

The Mental and Spiritual Health Roundtable will be an opportunity to hear from therapists, social workers, hospital chaplains and trauma specialists about processing grief and trauma.
Sat. December 12
Zoom
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Free

Connect & Reflect: Living and Grieving Through the Pandemic

Join THE CITY and Local Voices Network for a conversation on grief, the pandemic and connecting prompted by us, but led by you.
Sat. December 12
Zoom
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Free

Grief and Life: WWTNS? Performs Community Stories

Join us for a live digital performance by WWTNS? featuring stories from the community that reflect on grief and life during COVID-19.
Sun. December 13
Zoom
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Free

MISSING THEM Memorial Event Kickoff: Holding Space for Grief

Join us to kick off THE CITY’s MISSING THEM Memorial Event with poetry readings from Ellen Bass, Ross Gay and Aracelis Girmay, presented by Brooklyn Public Library and THE CITY.
Fri. December 11
Zoom
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Free

Sharing Stories of Who We Lost: MISSING THEM Community Space

Join us to listen or share a memory, a song lyric, a poem, or a story to honor the loved ones lost due to COVID-19.
Sat. December 12
Zoom
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Free

Writing Your Grief and Celebrating Life: A Writing Workshop

What Will the Neighbors Say? will deliver a free virtual writing workshop to folks who have been impacted by loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sat. December 12
Zoom
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Free