BOISE, Idaho — We had the chance to sit down with a familiar face to the Treasure Valley. Former 6 On Your Side sports director Paul Gerke recently moved to New York City, where he is now working for NBC News.
Gerke moved to New York City a few weeks, before the coronavirus pandemic really started picking up. He says going to his office at NBC, which is right in the middle of Manhattan, was like visiting a ghost town.
"It was bizarre. I went there to grab something from my office and get a coffee from the cafeteria, which is still open in a limited capacity, and there were like two people in there that weren't security guards," said Gerke.
The feel on the streets in New York City is different since coronavirus has increased. The streets are now empty and Gerke was able to shoot video undisturbed in Times Square.
Central Park, however, still has groups of people but Gerke says they are minding their own business.
"I think people out here are really taking the social distancing and the flattening the curve concepts seriously," said Gerke. "Which is good. But that doesn't mean people don't want to be outside."
Public transportation in New York City is also a different experience. People who have been taking the subway regularly have mostly been doctors and nurses, and they all have a seat to themselves. Gerke said most people are avoiding the subways at this time.
We are very proud of Paul Gerke and his new adventure in New York City.