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Eerie Images of Queens Boulevard Captured Under Coronavirus Shutdown

Photo: Queens Boulevard (south side) between 35th and 36th Street, April 7, 2020, 8:50 p.m. (Laura Dorgan)

April 9, 2020 Staff Report

The coronavirus shutdown has turned the usually bustling Queens Boulevard into something out of a dystopian movie.

Any evening along the famed thoroughfare would be accompanied by honking cars, trucks and people scrambling to and from the subway.

But not anymore. On Tue March 7, at around 8:50 p.m. Sunnyside resident, Laura Dorgan was out running along the boulevard and was astonished by the eerie scenes in front of her.

She stopped at the corner of 35th Street and Queens Boulevard (southern side) and decided to take some snaps of what she was witnessing.

“I try and go out once a day for a short run to keep fit now that the gyms are closed and I couldn’t believe how quiet the place looked, it was extremely eerie, she said.

“I work in the city and I usually get the 7 train home at around this time and I was struck by how quiet it was.”

Dorgan, who is originally from Ireland, said she put the images up on her Instagram stories and said people commented on the images saying Queens looked very scary.

She works as a fitness trainer and has been keeping people from Queens and Ireland fit during the shutdown through her fitness app that provides users with home workouts and nutrition plans.

More information can be found on her website, Finding Your Fit.

Photo: Queens Boulevard (south side) between 35th and 36th Street, April 7, 2020, 8:50 p.m. (Laura Dorgan)

Photo: Queens Boulevard (south side) between 35th and 36th Street, April 7, 2020, 8:50 p.m. (Laura Dorgan)

Last night was just as spooky and we sent one of our reporters out to take some more snaps.

Photo: Queens Boulevard (south side) 45th Street, April 8, 2020 at 9:07 p.m (Michael Dorgan)

Photo: Queens Boulevard (north side) between 47th and 48th Street, April 8, 2020 at 9:02 p.m (Michael Dorgan)

Photo: Phyzique Gym, 43-12 50th St., April 8, 2020 at 8:51 p.m. (Michael Dorgan)

Photo: Phyzique Gym, 43-12 50th St., April 8, 2020 at 8:51 p.m. (Michael Dorgan)

Photo: The Courtyard, 40-18 Queens Blvd, April 7, 2020 at 9:14 p.m (Laura Dorgan)

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People used to say that ugly arc on 46st looked like the middle finger. That shirt looks like the middle finger even more so. I want one.

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It is eerie even during the day when you’re used to so many people on the sidewalks on their phones walking slow driving you nuts 😀

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