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Saturday, August 01, 2020

NYC won't recover



Bill de Blasio has done to New York City what he did to the groundhog on Groundhog Day.

Killed it.

Oh he had help this time. Covid 19 sent the city reeling. Work from home showed corporations they don't need an expensive presence in New York City. Bars and restaurants folded like Republicans in a government shutdown. The elitists fled the city as the quality of life -- no Broadway, no restaurants, no gala parties -- dropped like a dead fly.

But de Blasio, and his fellow Democrat, Governor Dumber Than Fredo Cuomo, went out of their way to turn New York City into the epicenter of Wuhan Flu.

Outside of Red China, of course, where no one knows the death toll because its communist government is keeping its score.

New York City's 23,002 covid 19 deaths are more than the total deaths of the top 3 states by population: California, Texas, and Florida. They have a total of 90 million people.

New York City has 8 million.

Covid 19 hits those with a comorbidity first, and New Yorkers saddled themselves with the Comorbidity Couple: de Blasio and Cuomo.

The first comorbidity was stupidity.

From encouraging people to hug strangers in Chinatown to putting people with covid 19 in nursing homes to not disinfecting the subways, de Blasio and Cuomo spread the virus like hot butter on toast.

But the real comorbidity is crime. It shot up. Democrats released people arrested for crimes from jail to commit more crimes. De Blasio alienated the police. De Blasio embraced the looters and rioters protesting the police.

New York City topped Chicago in gun murders last weekend. Amazing. Chiraq may relinquish its title of Murder City USA to New Yorkistan.

People notice. The escape from New York City is on.

The New York Post reported, "Manhattan just lost its stranglehold on white-collar workers."

The story said, "People aren’t coming. Midtown is a little busier than in mid-March. It’s still empty. Yes, employers may find that it’s harder to integrate new workers into a virtual workforce or that workers become less productive over time.

"Nevertheless, it’s something the city has never seen before, not on the cusp of ’70s turmoil, in 1966; not emerging from ’70s near-bankruptcy, in 1980; not even in 2005, which was too short to matter.

"The white-collar workforce has proved it can skip the office not just one day, not just a week, not just two weeks, but for nearly five months now.

"Five months isn’t forever, no. But it is a long time. Just as emerging city and state officials want to extract more, in higher taxes, from business and its workers, the balance of power has indefinitely changed."

Work at home won't just kill white collar jobs. Support jobs also will disappear as emptied offices won't get Fed Ex deliveries, nor will they have to be cleaned nightly. The list is longer.

Tourism won't save the city. Who travels anymore? And when travel resumes, who will visit America's Covid 19 Epicenter?

The accompanying precipitous drop in city and state revenues will make defund the police a moot question. Not only will the city defund police, but social services, refuse collection, the streets department, and every other department in City Hall.

The mayor and the governor said they shut down the city to protect hospitals from being overwhelmed by covid 19 patients. That fear proved false. But shutting down the city indefinitely cost hospitals far more than any temporary spike in covid 19 hospitalizations would have.

Oh, they won't run out of patients. The poor and the unhealthy largely are stuck in New York City. What hospitals will run out of is paying customers.

29 comments:

  1. Never did understand why I, an average American in flyover country, should care one whit about New York's situation.
    Arts, restaurants, cultchah, all seems to just fold into and reflect each other and itself. Doesn't matter to me at all.

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    1. Dan, you should care because when they stampede, it is to remote and passive places like fly over country. When they get here they are not content though and seek to change us to be more like New Hoark Shitty and destroy everything good about what we have. Then, when our slice of heaven is ruined they jet off to the next oasis.

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    2. I think the outer boroughs, Long Island and northern NJ will absorb most of the escapees from Manhattan. The poor can't move and the very rich have lots of options other than middle America.

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    3. I would like to remind people that Florida has closed it's borders to new residents. Not a house, apartment, condo, cardboard box, rest area, or beach anywhere is available. I hear California is really thinning out. Or perhaps Oregon!

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    4. The city folks who move to get away from the mess they have voted for have a complete mental disconnect as to why voting for trendy progressiveness ruined their city. They think voting Democrat means they are saving the planet, helping the poor, that it makes them a good, caring person. They think voting for that young, hip socialist city councilor is edgy and progressive. They also think they are sticking it to dumb right wing rubes when they vote for stupid trendy left wing BS. My dad's neighbor in his 55 and up community who is a New Yawka and a retired cop that is supposedly a right wing conservative told me he couldn't believe that you don't need a license to purchase or own or even carry a gun here in Maine. He thinks we should have a waiting period to buy a gun. (even after watching cities burn while the cops did nothing) Sorry, but even big city Republicans do not share the same views as more rural Americans.

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    5. Agreed Mike. You are absolutely correct.

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  2. Giuliani will be remembered as :"Giuliani the great." Wilhelm er,DiBlasio,will be known as "DiBlasio the incompetent-killer of Ground HOGs."
    Almost Biblical in the decline..
    Revelation-Babylon-end times Biblical.

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  3. Trump is playing 3-D chess and these two guys, and their ilk, aren't even potty trained yet. Too bad they won't suffer personally. They killed one of world's greatest cities in one fell swoop, with an assist from their brothers in China. I've seen stuff in my life, but this crap takes the cake.
    - Gary B

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  4. Must be time to raise taxes. Murderer Cuomo is on the job.

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  5. NYC in Chapter 9 is the likely outcome. If Biden wins they will get a bailout, but it will be a short term solution.
    Best case - Trump wins and conditions aid on a blue ribbon commission of business leaders creating a long term fiscal solution. If they don't take it, default looms. Cuomo will remove De Blasio and eat the biscuit if he has too.

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  6. A friend who has an apartment on Park Ave fled to his Connecticut home and hasn't been back.
    He said "there is no theater, no museums, no restaurants, nothing to go back to.

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  7. Would hate to have a NY City or State pension. You won’t get your $10,000 a month retirement check. Bankrupt City and State will slash that by 75%. Other Peoples Money just moved out of State/Country.

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  9. Who will be left to watch the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Jets, Giants kneel during our National Anthem? If a player kneels, and no one sees, did they still virtue signal?

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    1. Ha ha. But we're still subjected to the endless virtue signaling via the commercials on TV.

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    2. Who watches network TV anymore?

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  10. Excellent & truthful column as usual-

    But I think it was the Wicked Witch of the West, Madame Pelosi of the Frozen Grimace, who encouraged people to hug strangers in Chinatown.

    That's the only nit I can pick!

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  11. I used to go to NYC on family business. Was scared to death in the 70s, 80s and early 90s And refused to go down to the subway.

    With Rudy and then Mini-Mike, I hated to go, but I walked all over the neighborhoods I had to go to and even rode the subway with confidence.

    I haven’t had to go back in about 5 years. I hope I never have to. If I do, I will not go into the subway nor will I walk around at night. Good job Warren Wilhelm Jr. and Fredo’s brother.

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  12. the major reason the work-from-home thing didn’t catch on in a big way before was that managers knew that the concept would make swathes of them redundant.

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  13. You know, you could probably sell the joint back to the Dutch for one Euro, if you could find a Dutchman with a Euro and neither taste nor common sense.

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  14. “Oh, they won't run out of patients. The poor and the unhealthy largely are stuck in New York City. What hospitals will run out of is paying customers.”

    And, thus, all will be reliant on...<wait for it>...the gummint!! and exactly what comrade De Blasio wants. Mission Accomplished!!

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  15. I was lucky in that my working years in NYC just happened to be during the revitalization period, Giulliani & Bloomberg. There was still crime of course, but nothing like where this is going now.I would walk back to Penn Sta with colleagues coming home from work, tourists & families milling about in Times Square like it was Disney World. I even rode the subway to work a couple times.

    ...All gone. Glad I'm done with it now.

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  16. Work at home won't just kill white collar jobs.

    The street food vendors, the little delis and the pizza places will be financially hurt as well. The effect on the city's economy will be like a whirlpool sucking other businesses under.

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  17. The Democrat governors and Mayors are playing a game of chicken with Trump. It's a huge gamble with all the chips, the car title, the deed to the house and their grandmother's diamond engagement ring on the table. If he loses they get the federal bail out they so desperately needed even before covid. If he wins they are screwed, game over. Maine just had a $100 million tax revenue shortfall for Q2, they were expecting $27 million. I guess the reason this high school educated self employed auto mechanic saw that coming 4 months ago is because I pay a monthly sales tax return, weekly federal payroll taxes and quarterly state payroll taxes. I figured out that if my small essential business had to temporarily lay off employees, and saw our sales tax payment cut by more than half that closed bars, restaurants, retailers, hotels, hair salons, etc were going to pay exactly $0.00 in taxes. How come the smarty pants in Augusta couldn't see this?

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    1. I can answer that question. Because Democrats never think past the plan they are working at the moment, which in this case was tanking the economy IOT damage Trump's reelection chances. The fact that tax revenues would crater never occurred to them.

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    2. President Trump gave Gov. Cuomo a major reprieve with his big contract with Eastman Kodak in Rochester to produce medicine components. DiBlasio gets nothing out of this.
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  18. New York will survive and without 'congestion pricing', paying for the privilege of driving in the Big City, it will turn into the pedestrian mall De Blasio desperately wants. You 'furriners' can't imagine the half of it. Bus Lanes cut all major arteries in half, unwanted and unsafe Bike Lanes complete the process, and with all the regulations assure no housing for the poor and no more skyscrapers. Amazon and other companies understand that the city doesn't want paying jobs. The Democrat machine assures that there are no Republican congressmen, and the Mayor has made it clear that Trump, a native New Yorker, is not welcome in his city. It also appears there will be no school this coming September. How will New York City survive? As a much diminished crime-ridden non-business-friendly City where good people make do in the 'outer boroughs'. Budgets will be cut, and the real danger to the rest of the country is when the illegals, the poor and even the criminals can't survive here, and they move out.

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