New Yorkers Honour Medics with Frank Sinatra Hit

Many residents of Manhattan, in the absence of open spaces, danced and sang the legendary verses of Frank Sinatra from the rooftops and the tiny landings that make up conventional fire exits. New Yorkers paid tribute to those working in health care during the coronavirus pandemic from walls, balconies, and rooftops by singing the hit single of Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York."

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 17, 2020 15:24 IST

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Start sharing the news, I'm leaving today, I want to be part of it, New York, New York, "a large number of residents of the city sang on Thursday. People joined the Peace of Heart Choir, which performed the song and live-streamed it on Facebook. Local radio stations, WKCR, and WBAI also broadcast the song.

The "city-wide sing-along," as the choir group described it on the event's Facebook page, started at 7.02 p.m., following the two-minute regular round of applause in memory of essential workers such as doctors and nurses, as is done in many cities around the world.

Although people in the Brooklyn and Queens suburbs came out of their homes to listen and sing, in the absence of open spaces, many of Manhattan's residents danced and sang the famous verses of Sinatra from the rooftops, and the narrow landings that make up traditional fire exits.

A message shared on the Facebook page of "New York Sings Along" on April 7 encouraged residents of the city to sing the song "to celebrate first responders, emergency workers, and other important staff." 

Choir leader Robert Hornsby told that more than 50,000 people have participated since the initiative was launched, and 2,000 more have pledged to participate.

We know as choral leaders that singing brings people together," Andrew Dykeman, the chorus' co-chairman, said in a statement. Protection Status