Photos show New York City streets emptied out because of coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, the United States has found its epicenter for the potentially deadly illness. 

New York City, the nation’s most populous and one of its densest cities, has thousands of positive cases and dozens of deaths at the time of writing. Both figures are sure to keep rising, especially as the state ramps up testing. As such, new stay-at-home rules going into effect on Sunday night will further quiet the city that never sleeps.

All nonessential businesses will close and people are strongly urged to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go outside. It’s not quite as strict as what’s happening in Italy, but the effects are similar: Iconic, typically packed NYC locales are now eerily empty.

Take a look for yourself.

Even if you've never stepped foot in NYC, you know Times Square is supposed to be more bustling than this.

Even if you’ve never stepped foot in NYC, you know Times Square is supposed to be more bustling than this.

Image: Tayfun Coskun / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

It's a ghost town outside Radio City Music Hall.

It’s a ghost town outside Radio City Music Hall.

Image: Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

Brooklyn outpaces the other four boroughs in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, but some people took advantage of nice weather on Friday to go to Prospect Park.

Brooklyn outpaces the other four boroughs in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, but some people took advantage of nice weather on Friday to go to Prospect Park.

Image: Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

The ice rink at Rockefeller Center was unoccupied.

The ice rink at Rockefeller Center was unoccupied.

Image: Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

The Columbus Circle subway station is one of the busiest in the city, but not during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Columbus Circle subway station is one of the busiest in the city, but not during the coronavirus pandemic.

Image: Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

St. Patrick's cathedral isn't drawing a crowd right now.

St. Patrick’s cathedral isn’t drawing a crowd right now.

Image: Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

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