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Can the Pandemic Give Commercial Rent Control a New Lease on Life?

Shopkeepers say the COVID recession proved the precarious position of small business owners. Landlords, staggered by empty storefronts, say they can’t afford restrictions. Now, a last-ditch rent regulation bid is headed to the City Council.

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Hochul Faces $5 Billion Choice as Tax Boost Arrives Amid Cuomo Unemployment Debt

As the new governor begins to put her own imprint on the state’s finances, she’ll have to make a series of decisions that show whether she is prepared to make a sharp break with the policies — and appointees — of the previous administration.

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Commercial Districts Grapple With Slowed Return to Business as Usual

Flatiron, Hudson Square, Downtown Brooklyn and the Garment District offer four studies in survival, with just 23% of Manhattan office workers back at their desks. Lures back include pedestrian space and cultural events.

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NYC Loses Jobs as Pandemic Recession Takes Growing Toll on Workers of Color

The city shed 14,000 positions last month while the rest of the country saw its strongest employment growth in a year. Meanwhile, the increasing challenges facing Black and Latino New Yorkers underscore structural inequities, a new study found.

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Cuomo’s Rent Relief ‘Mess’ Awaits Hochul as Tenants and Landlords Unite Over Aid Bungle

The state has paid out less than 5% of the $2.7 billion available, with any undistributed money likely to go back to the feds. Meanwhile, building owners and residents are at odds over a possible extension of the state’s eviction moratorium.

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Film and TV Production Make a New York Comeback. But Will the Tax Credits Roll?

Work on shows from "Mrs. Maisel" to "Gossip Girl" is nearing pre-pandemic levels in Hollywood on the Hudson. Competition, though, could get fierce: California and other states are upping tax credits in grabs for a piece of the action.

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Cuomo’s Call for Private Businesses to Require Vaccinations Spurs Demands for a Government Mandate

The governor urged the private sector to order employees back to workplaces and make everybody — including customers — get shots. But business owners said it’s up to elected officials to lead the way amid rising COVID rates.

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‘A Complete Disaster’: Cuomo Overhauls Rent Relief System After Tenants and Landlords Left Hanging

The state’s badly needed $2.7 billion pandemic rental aid system has given out less than $1 million, with the eviction moratorium end a month away. Residents and owners slammed the glitchy, cumbersome application process.

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NYC Restaurants Cooking Up a Comeback, but Simmering Problems Remain

The city economic sector most devastated by the pandemic recession is finally showing signs of a sustained recovery as jobs start to rebound. But optimism is tempered by worker shortages, inadequate PPP relief and mixed forecasts ahead.

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SoHo’s Big Test: Can Lower Rents Lure Back Stores and Tourists?

As the city’s economic reopening accelerates, the future of retail in Manhattan — especially in key business and tourist areas — remains unclear. Some clues of what’s to come might be found in a shop that specializes in slime.