This is becoming a nightly ritual in New York City, and it’s just plain wonderful. 

At 7 p.m. every night, New Yorkers around the five boroughs step onto their balconies, open their windows or stand on their front porches and give New York health care workers what amounts to a standing ovation. They clap, cheer, whistle, bang pots and pans. All this, to honor the amazing men and women — doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, anyone in the health care industry — who are risking their lives to care for our neighbors during this pandemic.

The city started doing this spontaneously several days ago. Why 7 p.m.? Because that’s when many hospital shifts end.

Every now and then, New York reminds me why it really is a helluva town. 

Here’s what I heard outside our building in Queens Sunday night.