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N.Y. businesses await details of "HERO Act"

Jun 15, 2021
It will require companies with more than 10 employees to implement a series of safety protocols to help prevent airborne diseases.
The law says that workers have the right to refuse to work in unsafe conditions and that it’s illegal to retaliate against them for raising safety concerns. It requires companies to allow workers to form safety committees.
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New York creates fund for undocumented workers

Apr 12, 2021
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected many groups, including undocumented immigrants. Lawmakers want them to be compensated.
Many jobs often done by undocumented immigrants, such as construction and food service, were cut back during the pandemic.
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A week in the life of a restaurant owner, ahead of a COVID winter

Dec 14, 2020
Allison Arevalo owns Pasta Louise, a Brooklyn restaurant. She kept a weeklong diary for us, as she, like many restaurant owners, faces yet another seismic change in the industry.
A Pasta Louise holiday gift basket. "I feel like my mind is just always kind of thinking about ways to keep people out and supporting us for the winter," says owner Allison Arevalo.
Allison Arevalo

On 9/11, pondering the COVID-19 recovery ahead

Sep 11, 2020
Experts believe New York will be a very different place in the aftermath of the pandemic. One big change: more affordable.
People visit the 9/11 memorial plaza in New York City.
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Indoor dining returns to New York, but is it too late for some places?

Sep 10, 2020
It's the latest step in rebuilding the city's decimated restaurant business. Will it be too little too late?
 A restaurant offers outdoor dining as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on Aug. 22, 2020 in New York City.
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As people leave New York because of COVID-19, rents start to come down

Jul 21, 2020
Evictions could drive more people out of their apartments soon.
Rents were down 6.6% in Manhattan last month compared to June of 2019.
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Why leaders look to infrastructure spending in recessions

The pitch for infrastructure projects recalls Depression-era investment in roads and bridges.
The on-ramp to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was built as part of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.
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New York has outlined a plan for reopening. What's in it?

New York City, with the most cases in the U.S., will be on a slower timeline.
No part of the state will be allowed to open attractions that would draw lots of outside visitors.
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In some NY communities hard hit by COVID-19, bodegas are lifelines

Apr 24, 2020
Some neighborhoods depend on them as main suppliers of essential goods. Hundreds have had to close because of the coronavirus.
One of hundreds of bodegas in New York City closed by COVID-19.
Photo courtesy Francisco Marte

Meet Michael, 31, accountant

Feb 18, 2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics would categorize his job under “management, professional, and related occupations," along with four out of 10 U.S. workers.
Peter Balonon-Rosen