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Here’s what the streets of Manhattan look like after days of riots

No, it’s not a war zone — it’s Manhattan.

Video shows once-bustling Big Apple streets nearly deserted and dotted with boarded-up, spray-painted and bashed-in buildings after days of looting.

The footage taken Tuesday and Wednesday in Midtown and Soho shows the windows of popular stores shattered while others — such as Burberry, Sephora and Sunglasses Hut — are covered in wood paneling to protect against looters.

Only a handful of masked pedestrians and police officers are seen walking on eerily empty sidewalks.

Black Lives Matter messages on a boarded up window in NYC
Matthew McDermott

Some wooden panels put up by shops were tagged with graffiti reading, “Justice for George Floyd” —  the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground for nearly nine minutes.

Many Big Apple retailers have been closed for months prior to protests over Floyd’s death due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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