Dimitrios Fragiskatos, forced to shut down his comic-book store in Brooklyn for almost three months, will remember 2020 as the year he launched an online shop, and regulars from his fantasy game tournaments helped it flourish.

“It was a kind of restoration of faith in humanity,” Mr. Fragiskatos said. “‘Change or die’ — isn’t that the saying?”

New Yorkers stand this week as the living footnotes of tomorrow’s textbooks. The year 2020 will be studied by historians, scientists and schoolchildren for generations, and yet, it will be known by many of those who lived through it for the singular moments that arrived behind a pandemic’s deadly […]


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