50th New York City Marathon

On Sunday, the 50th New York City Marathon brought out 30,000 entrants — down 40 percent from the usual 50,000, thanks to COVID — and the thousands of spectators who turned out to cheer the runners on.

“To me, it just shows the power of the city itself,” Bruna Martins, who ran the marathon for the third time, told The New York Times. “This year, after everything we’ve been through, if anything, people are just going to be really excited out there.”

Another great sign: Billy Joel returned Friday night as Madison Square Garden’s resident Piano Man after 21 months away.

“Sorry that we shut everything down,” Joel told the crowd, “but we’re back.”