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    Letter from New York

    2020-07-30T00:00:00Z

    New York City’s gradual awakening from the pandemic has yet to include Midtown Manhattan: the iconic, skyscraper-filled commercial core and nation’s economic powerhouse. The area is hushed and near-funereal in empty Times Square and little-traversed Rockefeller Center.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-07-23T00:00:00Z

    New York State governor Andrew Cuomo broke restaurant-lovers’ hearts when he renewed the indoor dining ban that was expected to be lifted on July 20.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-07-09T00:00:00Z

    An eerie, Twilight Zone-like atmosphere descended on sweltering New York City this week. Over a muted July 4th Independence Day weekend, the Big Apple was torn between celebration and unease.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-07-02T00:00:00Z

    The Big Apple has come to life again with the start of phase II of reopening. Thousands of restaurants opened outdoor seating and encouraged by good summer weather and a sustained reduction in Covid-19 infections, New Yorkers finally enjoyed a taste of pre-pandemic pleasure.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    The mood on the streets lifted as New York state governor Andrew Cuomo announced that phase two of the city’s reopening would begin on 22 June – a mere two weeks after the start of the first phase, which allowed little more than construction to resume.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-06-18T00:00:00Z

    New York City’s high-end real estate markets remain depressingly stalled. There’s modest life on the office front, but retail is dead in the water.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-06-11T00:00:00Z

    The first week of June was possibly the most heart-wrenching in New York City’s history. Bad and good news alternated without rhyme or reason.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-06-04T00:00:00Z

    The beleaguered commercial scene got an unexpected jolt of energy this week. To everyone’s surprise, TikTok signed for 237,000 sq ft of offices in Times Square – the ‘Crossroads of the World’ now devoid of tourists and just about any activity.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-05-28T00:00:00Z

    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said on 21 May that “all roads” lead to partial reopening of stores and businesses by mid-June. It was an unexpected upbeat note amid the prevailing gloom.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-05-21T00:00:00Z

    The Big Apple’s devastated retail scene trembled even more with news that Nordstrom is to close 16 of its 116 full-line stores across the US and Neiman Marcus has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a region-by-region, four-stage plan to reopen the state’s frozen economy, starting with industrial and manufacturing work on 15 May. Three upstate regions have the green light on that date.

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    Letter from New York

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    While most New York City investment-sale and leasing transactions may remain stalled for months more, restoring life to dark office towers, some could come sooner.