The ups and downs of working remotely in New York

Good Morning. It’s Tuesday. Let’s look at how the epidemic rewrites the people-in-office model that has strengthened Manhattan for generations. And also, a playwright who decided not to change the name of her play.

“You can not stay home in your pajamas all day,” said Mayor Eric Adams.

He and Gov. Kathy Hochul, who hastened the push back to the office, may be shouting in the wind. Society is changing around them, and the idea of ​​needing an office to do office work has been re-examined.

My colleagues Dana Rubinstein and Nicole Hong write that the list of companies in New York that are changing their way of working continues to grow as the city moves beyond this temporary thought only from the first weeks of the plague. for example:

PwC, a global consulting firm headquartered in New York, told 40,000 workers in that state that they could work remotely forever. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, a white-shoe law firm with about 300 attorneys in New York, says her staff can live anywhere in the state. Verizon now allows “hybrid” employees – employees who were not required to return to the office every day because of the easing of epidemic restrictions – to enter as many days a week as they want. Or as little as possible.

And Penguin Random House, a publishing house with about 2,500 employees in the New York area, has no mandatory plans to return to the office at all. “There will not be any date where we become like ‘OK, everyone in the pool,'” said Paige McKinnery, the company’s human resources manager.

With fewer cell workers, the average New York City employee is expected to cut annual office expenses by $ 6,730 from a pre-pandemic of about $ 13,700, according to a study by economists at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Stanford University and Stanford University. Chicago. This was the biggest drop in any big city.

And if fewer people walk into office elevators and huddle around coffee machines and snack tables, the city-backed tax base on the city will feel a pinch.

Already, many cafes, dry cleaners and other small businesses that served the passengers have closed. The vacant storefronts have grown throughout Manhattan, according to the City Comptroller’s Office. In some parts of Midtown, one in three commercial areas is empty.

Despite this, policymakers have barely begun to address what this could mean for schools, kindergartens and the police, all of which depend on tax revenues. Public transportation may face service cuts that will disproportionately hurt employees who still have to show up daily. And the state has not yet moved toward the relaxation of zoning regulations that hurt the conversion of office buildings into residences, including low-income units. A new $ 100 million fund approved last year to help developers convert vacant hotels into unaffected housing has been blocked by regulatory hurdles.

Officials were also late to consider redesigning Midtown office buildings for start-up greenhouses, educational institutions or entertainment promotions, said Brad Lander, New York City Comptroller. So far, Adams has proposed creating a joint municipal and state panel to explore the future of work and its implications for the city. He and the governor also made it a priority to make the subway system safer so that office workers would feel more comfortable traveling to work.

“We are not going back to 100 percent office space in the city center,” Lander said. “The sooner stakeholders get to this reality, the sooner we can take smart action.”


Prepare for a chance of showers in the morning, with stormy winds and temperatures in the mid-70s, as it gradually becomes sunny throughout the day. The evening will be partly cloudy, with temperatures dropping to 50 degrees.

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Mayor Adams, who worked remotely after declaring on Sunday that he was positively tested for the corona virus, designated June-Eint – June 19, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States – paid leave for city employees.

Adams said the move was “long overdue” and that it was time “for our city to finally do what’s right.” It aligned the city with the federal government and the state of New York.

It also fulfilled a promise made by Adams’ predecessor, Bill de Bellasio, in 2020 – less than a month after George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis – but did not comply. In the same year and again last year, municipal employees who wanted to celebrate Yoni-Eint had to take advantage of pre-paid paid vacations.

Not anymore, Adams said in a statement. “As the second black mayor of New York City,” he said, “I know I stand on the shoulders of countless heroes and heroines who have put their lives on the line to ensure a more perfect union.”

If it was a play, stage instructions would say four people sitting down to dinner in 2017 – a woman who is herself a playwright and whose last work has just been read; Her husband; Hamia; And a 12-year-old teenage son.

“I think I’m going to change the title,” says the playwright. “I do not want to scare people.”

The father-in-law roars: “It is impossible to change the title. The title is what it is. The title explains what they get. If they do not like it, they should not come and see it. “

The playwright, Michelle Holos Brooks, later said she remembered thinking, “This is a guy who knows what he’s talking about.”

Her father-in-law is Mel Brooks. The title of her play is “The Tasters of H * tler”. Performances begin Thursday at the Row Theater on West 42nd Street. The director is Sarah Norris, the artistic director of the New Light Theater project, who is presenting the play. Another moment on the asterisk.

This is her imaginary description of the German girls assigned to sample Hitler’s meals in case there was an attempt to poison him. The story came up a decade ago, when Margot Volk, then 95, was quoted as saying she would have tasted a Hitler bunker in occupied Poland.

Brooks said when she wrote the first draft, she called it “Hitler’s Tastes” as “a bit of a placeholder.”

“Then I had the reading in the first workshop,” she said, “and no one said anything.”

“There was a certain push,” Brooks said. In Los Angeles, she said, “we had one reviewer who refused to review it during the three days we were open before Covid closed us down.” She changed the I to an asterisk because algorithms in some search engines apparently saw the name and recorded the play as hate speech, she said.

“The title is not ‘I love Hitler’; the title is ‘Hitler’s Tasters’,” she said. “We’re talking about a real person in history, you know. Just because you do not say his name does not mean he did not exist.” She said the knowledge of dictators has become even more relevant since Russia invaded Ukraine. “World War II is very much in the rear view of young people,” she said. “The level of Holocaust denial right now is incredible. And here we have Putin.”


Dear Diary:

I was waiting for the bus at the corner of 85th Street and Fifth Avenue, near the so-called ancient playground, where a young boy and his grandfather were playing with a beach ball.

Suddenly, a gust of wind tossed the ball over the playground fence. A man walking with his dog stopped the ball, picked it up, walked towards the fence and tried to throw it back.

The ball went up even more in the air and was on its way to Fifth Avenue when a taxi parked nearby jumped out of his cab, grabbed the ball and passed it back towards the boy and his grandfather.

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