Musicians from the New York Philharmonic were among the artists who performed in a live broadcast from the Brooklyn waterfront. Meanwhile, images of some of the dead were projected onto the pillars of Brooklyn Bridge.
“Tonight, we honor the lives lost to this horrible pandemic and join together as a city to mourn, heal and look toward a brighter future.
“Voices from across the city will join as one to stand in solidarity and demonstrate how we remain strong, hopeful and determined,’’ New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
De Blasio came under fire for not moving quickly enough to shut down businesses and schools in spring 2020 when New York City became the national epicenter of the pandemic.
Lockdowns, quarantine requirements for travelers, and social distancing rules have helped the city gain control of its infection rate.