Rainbows and Cheers

Rainbow in Atlas Coffee’s window (corner of Havemeyer and Grand Sts.)

Two morale enhancing coping mechanisms during the COVID 19 are on view, on hand, and in ear: rainbows in windows and cheers for essential workers at 7:00 p.m. each night.


Rainbows of all configurations began to appear in neighborhood windows around the time schools closed in NYC (March 16) as a way to cheer up children who might pass by when getting some exercise or accompanying a parent on a necessary errand. Rainbows have also been appearing in windows across the country and even in England.


The 7 p.m. Cheer has had a ripple effect. A salute to healthcare workers began in Wuhan, China in January and has moved across the globe to where COVID 19 hit the hardest next.  Clapping, banging on pots and pans, vocal hoots, bells, noise makers of all kinds can be heard all over NYC on a daily basis. Some have questioned if it would ever get to their North Brooklyn neck, but several areas have reported hearing and participating in the daily cheer that acknowledges all those essential workers on the front lines during this crisis like none other.

The video below shows what I use during the 7 p.m. cheer (this was filmed at 3 p.m. hence the closed window).




Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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