A Stand-Up Set at the Swipe of a MetroCard

For about three months, an Upper West Side comedy club has been organizing Saturday-night shows on the 1 train.

#comedy-and-humor, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #stand-up-ny-manhattan-ny-comedy-club, #subways, #zoldan-dani

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What the ‘Invisible’ People Cleaning the Subway Want Riders to Know

Contract workers hired to help disinfect the New York City subway during the pandemic are asking the M.T.A. to support a job they say goes far beyond wiping down poles.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foye-patrick-j, #gonzalez-rojas-jessica-1976, #labor-and-jobs, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Will Lagging Ridership Cloud the Future of Public Transit?

New York City’s system depends on revenue from fares, but it could take years for riders to fully return to subways, trains and buses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #flowers-and-plants, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems

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The Only Thing That Can Really Save the Subway: Riders

Billions of dollars in federal aid have pulled New York’s transit agency from the depths of its fiscal crisis. But a growing consensus that its ridership may never return entirely threatens its future.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #federal-aid-us, #foye-patrick-j, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #subways, #transportation, #wylde-kathryn-s

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Biden Stimulus Package Helps Mass Transit Avoid Doomsday Cuts

President Biden’s sweeping stimulus package includes the largest single infusion of federal aid that public transportation has ever received, allowing agencies to scrap plans for draconian cuts.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #citizens-budget-commission, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #foye-patrick-j, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #schumer-charles-e, #subways, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states, #wylde-kathryn-s

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The Sunday Read: ‘The Case for the Subway’

It built New York City. One writer on why, no matter the cost, the city must rebuild it to survive.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #new-york-city, #subways, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

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The A Train and the Macarena: 5 Highlights From the Mayor’s Race

Candidates sparred over their subway smarts and did some virtual dancing, while the former sanitation commissioner got support from influential women.

#adams-eric-l, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #endorsements, #garcia-kathryn, #new-york-city, #stringer-scott-m, #subways, #wiley-maya, #wylde-kathryn-s, #yang-andrew-1975

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Four Subway Stabbings and a Young Man’s Downward Spiral

The rampage on the A train line reflected a convergence of crises — homelessness and mental illness — in a desolate subway system.

#bronxworks, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #lopez-rigoberto, #mental-health-and-disorders, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police-department-nyc, #subways

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N.Y.C. Staves Off Cuts to Public Transit, Despite Dire Warnings

Transit officials are expected to announce on Thursday that they will not slash bus or subway service through 2022.

#citizens-budget-commission, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #manhattan-institute, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #reinvent-albany, #subways, #transit-systems

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Homeless Man Arrested in Subway Stabbings That Left 2 Dead, 2 Wounded

Rigoberto Lopez, 21, was arrested on murder and attempted murder charges. The police said he ambushed homeless people who were sleeping in the subway.

#city-council-nyc, #far-rockaway-queens-ny, #homeless-persons, #lopez-rigoberto, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-nyc, #subways, #washington-heights-manhattan-ny

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5 Things N.Y.C. Wants From Biden to Transform Transportation

Transit agencies pummeled by the pandemic are pushing the new administration to fund projects stalled in the Trump years.

#airports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cotton-rick, #cuomo-andrew-m, #foye-patrick-j, #hudson-river-tunnels-project, #infrastructure-public-works, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-building-congress, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #railroads, #regional-plan-assn, #schumer-charles-e, #second-avenue-subway-nyc, #subways, #transit-systems, #transportation

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An Overnight Refuge for Homeless New Yorkers, Lost to the Pandemic

The city’s homeless population has faced a particularly brutal winter as coronavirus restrictions have kept the subway and other indoor public spaces closed.

#banks-steven, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways, #transit-systems

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Keep the Trains and Buses Running

Public transit systems urgently need more public funding so they can continue to provide an important public service.

#bay-area-rapid-transit, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #washington-metropolitan-area-transit-authority

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N.Y.C. Transit Postpones 4% Fare Hike, Hoping for Federal Rescue

The cash-strapped agency is delaying the increase amid pressure from advocates and elected officials who say the change would hurt essential and low-wage workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foye-patrick-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #riders-alliance, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #subways

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Miss the N.Y.C. Subway? These Radio Plays Bring It Back to Life

A new audio series from Rattlestick Playwrights Theater imagines the bustle of the trains before the pandemic — one story and one station at a time.

#bean-natyna, #contreras-julissa, #lambie-alexander, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rattlestick-playwrights-theater, #santiago-ren-dara, #subways, #the-mta-radio-plays-play, #theater

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Counting on Biden, M.T.A. Shifts From Doomsday Budget to a Wishful One

New York’s transportation agency is expected to pass a stopgap budget that omits the draconian cuts transit officials have threatened in recent months.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #citizens-budget-commission, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #foye-patrick-j, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #reinvent-albany, #riders-alliance, #subways, #transit-systems

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‘Existential Peril’: Mass Transit Faces Huge Service Cuts Across U.S.

Reeling from the pandemic, transit agencies are grappling with drastic reductions in ridership and pleading for help from Washington.

#american-public-transportation-assn, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #foye-patrick-j, #massachusetts-bay-transportation-authority, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #schumer-charles-e, #stimulus-economic, #subways, #transit-systems, #tri-state-transportation-campaign

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The Uncertain State of the Subway

A reporter answers questions about New York City’s transit system, which faces a $12 billion budget shortfall as ridership starts to resume.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-society-library, #subways, #womens-rights

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Crowded Subways? Yes, in Neighborhoods Where People Have to Go to Work

Even as Manhattan stations remain eerily empty, a surge of commuters in other boroughs has pushed overall ridership to 30 percent of normal levels.

#commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #manhattan-institute, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #stimulus-economic, #subways, #tri-state-transportation-campaign

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What the M.T.A.’s ‘Doomsday’ Cuts Would Actually Look Like

The New York transit agency has threatened to slash subway and bus service by 40 percent if it doesn’t receive federal aid. What could really happen is a bit more complicated.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #citizens-budget-commission, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foye-patrick-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #subways, #transit-systems

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‘I Am Shaken’: Spate of Violent Subway Attacks Unnerves Riders

Three riders were assaulted in the system over three days this week as reports of felony assaults, burglaries and homicides continue to climb.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #subways, #transit-systems

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The Perilous State of the Subways: 5 Takeaways

A doomsday plan could slash subway service by 40 percent, eliminate bus routes and cut jobs if the M.T.A. doesn’t get billions in federal aid.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #schumer-charles-e, #stimulus-economic, #subways, #transit-systems, #transit-workers-union, #transportation

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N.Y.C.’s Schools Shutdown, Explained

The mayor may wait until community spread of the virus stabilizes at a lower rate before reopening the buildings.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education-department-nyc, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways

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Subway Service Could Be Cut 40% if No Federal Aid Arrives

On Wednesday, transit officials announced some new details of proposed service cuts, including slashing weekend service and eliminating bus lines, to address its multibillion-dollar budget hole.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #foran-robert-e, #mckinseyco, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #stimulus-economic, #subways, #transit-systems, #transit-workers-union, #tri-state-transportation-campaign

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Businesses Underground Are Desperate. Even the Oyster Bar Can’t Survive.

Since March, 77 of the 321 retail businesses still operating in the subway system have permanently closed, according to the transit agency.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #ingber-sandy, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #record-mart, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways, #transit-systems

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‘I Still Believe in Our City’: A Public Art Series Takes On Racism

After a wave of anti-Asian discrimination, the artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya wanted to “turn these hurts into something beautiful.” Her panels will transform a Brooklyn subway station.

#art, #brooklyn-nyc, #commission-on-human-rights-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #i-still-believe-in-our-city-exhibit, #phingbodhipakkiya-amanda, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #subways

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Whale Sculpture Stops Train From Plunge in the Netherlands

The driver was the only person on the city train and was unharmed in the accident early Monday morning, a local safety spokesman said.

#accidents-and-safety, #netherlands, #subways

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M.T.A. Slashes in Service Could Erase 450,000 Jobs

A new report found that service cuts could cost the New York metropolitan area 450,000 jobs by 2022, resulting in $50 billion in lost earnings.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #new-york-university, #subways, #transit-systems

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Finally, a Subway Map With Real-Time Train Locations and Delays

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s new digital map also includes updates on elevators and escalators that are out of service.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #maps, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #meyer-sarah, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #riders-alliance, #subways, #transit-systems

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Subways Are Less Busy and Less Safe

Violent crime has risen in the pandemic, as criminals may be emboldened if they’re targeting the only person on a car or platform.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #robberies-and-thefts, #sex-crimes, #subways, #transit-systems

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In Emptier Subways, Violent Crime Is Rising

Reports of homicides, rapes and burglaries are posing another challenge to regaining the confidence of passengers during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police, #police-department-nyc, #robberies-and-thefts, #sex-crimes, #subways, #transit-systems, #vandalism

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The Future of Wealthy SoHo

Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed rezoning the neighborhood in a move that could become a blueprint for affordable housing in affluent areas.

#affordable-housing, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #gentrification, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #molly-clark, #new-york-city, #soho-manhattan-ny, #subways, #tiktok-bytedance

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Help! I’d Like to Ride the Train. Is it Safe?

Our columnist finds that rail companies, both regional systems and Amtrak, are undertaking major coronavirus efforts. But they can’t thoroughly disinfect every seat in every train at every station.

#amtrak, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #george-washington-university, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #railroads, #southeastern-pennsylvania-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #travel-and-vacations

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Subway Derailment Injures 3, Officials Say

Three people had minor injuries after a northbound A train jumped the tracks at the 14th Street Station, officials said.

#a-train, #accidents-and-safety, #derailment, #manhattan-nyc, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #subways, #transit-systems

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After Backlash, Homeless Men Will Move Out of the Upper West Side

Some residents complained that the new neighbors were diminishing the quality of life in the area. Others felt that characterization was unfair.

#de-blasio-bill, #homeless-persons, #mastro-randy-m, #new-york-city, #rosenthal-helen, #subways, #transit-systems, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

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As Some New Yorkers Flee, Others Move Closer to the Office

For workers who are required to be on-site, fear of public transportation has spurred a wave of demand for homes within walking distance of their jobs.

#carnegie-hill-manhattan-ny, #citi-bike, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #subways, #transit-systems

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The Subways Are Facing a Five-Alarm Fire

New York City cannot recover without a robust transit system, and the country cannot rebound without New York.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The M.T.A.’s Doomsday Budget Plan

Without federal aid, the agency said, it would need to reduce subway and bus service by 40 percent to address its deficit.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #buses, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rockaway-beach-queens-ny, #second-avenue-subway-nyc, #subways, #surfing, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #transit-systems

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M.T.A. Warns of Doomsday Subway Cuts Without $12 Billion in Federal Aid

The agency, facing staggering financial losses because of the pandemic, said it would have to reduce subway and bus service by 40 percent.

#buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #delays-transportation, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems

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Public Transit Cuts Felt Deepest in Low-Income Areas

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on public transit systems across the country, experts say it is low-income residents, people of color and essential workers bearing the brunt.

#american-public-transit-assn, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #income-inequality, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mcconnell-mitch, #minorities, #schumer-charles-e, #subways, #transit-systems

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Is Riding the Subway Safer Than Dining Indoors?

In major global cities where the pandemic has ebbed, it appears that public transportation may not be as risky as nervous New Yorkers believe.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems

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Is the Subway Risky? It May Be Safer Than You Think

New studies in Europe and Asia suggest that riding public transportation is not a major source of transmission for the coronavirus.

#buses, #commuting, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #foye-patrick-j, #marr-linsey, #masks, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #tri-state-transportation-campaign

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Facing Financial Crisis, New York’s MTA Subway Braces For Deep Cuts

The transit agency will announce budget cuts on Wednesday. Officials are hoping federal assistance will help ease the crisis that the pandemic has created.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #foye-patrick-j, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #manhattan-institute, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #reinvent-albany, #riders-alliance, #subways, #transit-systems

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Public Transit Officials Fear Virus Could Send Systems Into ‘Death Spiral’

Transit leaders are urging Congress to provide billions of dollars in aid, and warn of dire consequences if they decline.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-city, #san-francisco-calif, #senate, #subways, #transit-systems, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Citi Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards: Anything but the Subway

Some New Yorkers, still nervous about public transit, are getting around town in the fresh air, regardless of how long it takes.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ferries, #revel-transit-inc, #subways, #walking

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Think You’ve Seen the Subway? Not Like This You Haven’t

Patrick Cashin spent two decades as the official M.T.A. photographer. From the bridges to the tunnels, he showed us some of his most stunning images.

#metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #photography, #subways, #transit-systems

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Why New York Buses Are on the Rise in a Subway City

During the coronavirus pandemic, daily ridership on buses has surpassed the subway for the first time in over half a century.

#buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #regional-plan-assn, #subways, #transit-systems, #trottenberg-polly

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The Coronavirus Could Destroy Mass Transit. Federal Aid Can Help.

Reviving subway and bus services helped bring back cities before. It can do so again.

#buses, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #subways, #transit-systems, #united-states-economy

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Lockdowns Tamed Road Traffic. Here’s How Cities Aim to Keep It Down.

Officials are trying to prevent a return to urban gridlock and pollution as residents begin to travel again.

#air-pollution, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #buses, #congestion-pricing, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #roads-and-traffic, #sidewalks, #subways

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New York City Enters Its Broadest Reopening Yet: Offices

As the city enters Phase 2, thousands will return to work even as many companies, worried about new cases, keep their workers home.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dashlane-inc, #fisher-brothers, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial, #strand-bookstore-manhattan-ny, #subways, #transit-systems, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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