The hospitality industry is the artistic heartbeat of New York. Nowhere is that more prevalent than in Queens. Thousands of artists, musicians, and actors flock to the city’s most diverse borough to work in the service industry to supplement their dreams. In March of 2020, these dreamers put their lives on hold, self-isolating and sacrificing their income as Queens became the global epicenter of covid-19. As the weeks go by, we follow two local bars fight off the virus, financial ruin, and the deaths of loved ones while the frontline workers battle to slow down the death toll engulfing the borough. Under strict and safe filming guidelines, we witnessed how both industries needed each other to bend the curve. It’s a tale of two sacrifices that saved not only the lives of thousands but the future of New York.
Johnny Sweet – Director, Writer, Producer