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    New York City

    An update to my wife yesterday from a niece who frequents Manhattan. It's exactly as bad as you imagine. "Horrible." Like a dystopian (my word) futuristic movie. Filthy, dangerous, ghost town, nothing to do there (all her words).

    Long-time friends of ours who used to moonlight to afford junkets to NYC. . . have stopped.

    New York City businesses are barely hanging on
    . . . “New York managed to become the number one tourism destination in the world by being the safest big city in the world and we need to own that label,” said [Jerome Barth, president of the Fifth Avenue Association], referencing the homeless crisis, high murder rates and rising crime on the subways.

    “Perception is what matters in terms of people deciding whether or not to come to New York. . . ."
    Like Mr. Barth, Mr. Gigante in the following excerpt, which opens the NYPost report, is looking hard to find a glimmer of hope, and trying not say the obvious too loudly:
    Nearly one year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York, parts of the Big Apple look more like ghost towns, lined with shuttered storefronts, empty office buildings and businesses teetering on the edge of closure.

    Now industry leaders and struggling store owners are calling on the city and state to turn things around — before it’s too late.

    “I’m not saying there will be an exodus in the city or the city is going to die” without help, said Gino Gigante, owner of the Lower East Side’s Waypoint Cafe — where sales tanked from $500,000 in 2019 to just $80,000 last year.

    “But you’re going to see a lot of unhappy people and a lot of empty storefronts.”

    As of this month, more than 47 percent of small businesses citywide remain closed, while revenue for those that are open has dropped nearly 60 percent, according to TrackTheRecovery.org, a Harvard University-run database tracing the virus’ economic impact.

    In Lower Manhattan, commercial office leasing dropped nearly 70 percent in 2020, while a staggering 12 percent of businesses — ranging from hotels to department stores to restaurants — closed for good, data from the Downtown Alliance shows.

    “There are hours and hours where no one comes in the store at this point,” Alyssa Morrow, chief operating officer of SoHo clothing store The Vintage Twin, told The Post. “We’re down to bare bones.”

    Restaurants, bars and cafes have been among the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic.
    Few things are as predictable as Chuck Schumer's regular Sunday newsers:

    Schumer stumps for $25B in restaurant relief as thousands close in NYC

    Indoor dining is returning around the city, but struggling restaurants desperately need another stimulus bill to make it through the next stretch of the pandemic, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) said Sunday.

    The Senate majority leader said he’s working to keep thousands of local restaurants afloat by pushing for a $25 billion relief fund baked into the proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package working its way through Congress. Struggling restaurateurs could apply for relief grants through the Small Business Administration.

    Restaurant owners were able to apply for forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans through previous stimulus packages that Congress passed in March and December. But Schumer is aiming for a dedicated program exclusively for bars and eateries.

    “Too many of the places we know and love could close without the help, leaving a giant hole in our local economy,” Schumer said at a news conference outside Dirty Candy, a vegetarian restaurant on the Lower East Side. “My dad was a small-business owner. He struggled ... he was an exterminator. I know how hard restaurants are hit.”
    Schumer's dad was an exterminator? I guess the apple didn't fall far from that tree.

    Chuck is now the Majority Leader of the Exterminator Party in Washington DC, bringing their toxic brew of pandering and authoritarianism to the country as a whole, promising to do for the country what they've done to his state.
    • "An iron curtain has descended across the continent." — Winston Churchill, March 5, 1946. But that was then, and somewhere else.
    • "Are you going to be responsible for the rioting if we hear this case?" — Chief Justice Roberts, who apparently had a secret codicil to his oath of office.
    • "Thieves only carry weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an incentive to cooperate." — Texas State House Rep. Terry Meza, proposing to bar "castle defense" protection for victims of home invasions.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." — Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” — Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." — CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.


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    The pandemic and liberal actions(or inaction's) have led to a perfect storm for New York.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    The pandemic and liberal actions(or inaction's) have led to a perfect storm for New York.

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    Someday I hope to see a quality, forensic review of this pandemic and the U.S. response. I'd like to know if the initial response, locking down for a couple or three weeks to "flatten the curve," was ever innocent of political subterfuge, and how and when it came to be an extended campaign tool.

    I'd like to know, for example, if the hapless liberal mayors of Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle and elsewhere, were individually yet uniformly willing to allow the destruction of their cities without calling for National Guard help, and without ever choosing to enforce their laws that would have stopped the destruction. If they were innocent of conspiracy, I think we have to infer that this is how progressives "govern."

    Was DeBlasio promised a bailout if he let the Big Apple go to hell?
    • "An iron curtain has descended across the continent." — Winston Churchill, March 5, 1946. But that was then, and somewhere else.
    • "Are you going to be responsible for the rioting if we hear this case?" — Chief Justice Roberts, who apparently had a secret codicil to his oath of office.
    • "Thieves only carry weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an incentive to cooperate." — Texas State House Rep. Terry Meza, proposing to bar "castle defense" protection for victims of home invasions.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." — Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” — Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." — CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.


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    Oh well. NU Jersiiiiy is prollly thankful. Maybe Connecticcccuutteries too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Marva View Post
    Oh well. NU Jersiiiiy is prollly thankful. Maybe Connecticcccuutteries too.
    I'm told by a local (NY) contractor that real estate on Long Island is booming, too.

    But NYC is the ship that has floated the whole state for decades, even as its size ebbed ever since WW II, judging by the Electoral College numbers. NY has been losing two votes on average with every census.

    And sadly, most of upstate NY is in a chronic Depression era landscape. If NYC goes south (literally -- FL is sending out entreaties to get the Exchange to move down here) the state will become the backwater Florida used to be.
    • "An iron curtain has descended across the continent." — Winston Churchill, March 5, 1946. But that was then, and somewhere else.
    • "Are you going to be responsible for the rioting if we hear this case?" — Chief Justice Roberts, who apparently had a secret codicil to his oath of office.
    • "Thieves only carry weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an incentive to cooperate." — Texas State House Rep. Terry Meza, proposing to bar "castle defense" protection for victims of home invasions.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." — Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” — Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." — CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    I'm told by a local (NY) contractor that real estate on Long Island is booming, too.

    But NYC is the ship that has floated the whole state for decades, even as its size ebbed ever since WW II, judging by the Electoral College numbers. NY has been losing two votes on average with every census.

    And sadly, most of upstate NY is in a chronic Depression era landscape. If NYC goes south (literally -- FL is sending out entreaties to get the Exchange to move down here) the state will become the backwater Florida used to be.
    And Florida will become the failing State New York is becoming. Not a good look for you Newman.
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    • "An iron curtain has descended across the continent." — Winston Churchill, March 5, 1946. But that was then, and somewhere else.
    • "Are you going to be responsible for the rioting if we hear this case?" — Chief Justice Roberts, who apparently had a secret codicil to his oath of office.
    • "Thieves only carry weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an incentive to cooperate." — Texas State House Rep. Terry Meza, proposing to bar "castle defense" protection for victims of home invasions.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." — Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” — Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." — CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbit View Post
    And Florida will become the failing State New York is becoming. Not a good look for you Newman.
    I think there should be a covenant attached to the deed of every Florida house sold to someone from a blue state: They are not allowed to vote for a Democrat for ten years. Twenty if they're from the basket of deplorables, including NY and CA.
    • "An iron curtain has descended across the continent." — Winston Churchill, March 5, 1946. But that was then, and somewhere else.
    • "Are you going to be responsible for the rioting if we hear this case?" — Chief Justice Roberts, who apparently had a secret codicil to his oath of office.
    • "Thieves only carry weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an incentive to cooperate." — Texas State House Rep. Terry Meza, proposing to bar "castle defense" protection for victims of home invasions.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." — Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” — Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." — CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.


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