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W42ST Daily — 9/22/2020

In the craziness of yesterday’s designation of New York by Attorney General William Barr as an “anarchist jurisdiction”, New Yorkers and Twitter combined to tell the government to calm down.

My favorite retort was from @Reynaldi — “Can’t spell ‘anarchy’ without NYC!”


WILL OUR RESTAURANTS AND BARS LAST THE MONTH?
The next 10 days are critical for our local hospitality businesses.  Governor Cuomo has handed the business owners some relief in the forms of 25% indoor opening and an extension of the State protections from eviction until October 20.  It’s not enough…

We report on the New York City Hospitality Alliance survey showing nearly 90% of their members have not paid full rent in August. They also report that 60% of landlords still haven’t waived rent during the COVID-19 pandemic – and of the 40% of landlords who waived rent, less than a third waived more than half the rent. 

The City Council meets this week to extend Local Law 1932-A, a suspension of enforcement of owners’ personal liability in commercial leases which was introduced during the pandemic.  It currently expires on September 30, the day that indoor dining starts.

Sean Hayden, the owner/partner at Jasper’s Taphouse and Kitchen, and four other bars including McCoy’s and Dalton’s, told us: “I would urge any tenant that if your landlord is not working with you, give him the keys back before the 1932-A bill expires. The only deal to make with a landlord is for a percentage of sales until we get back to 100% capacity. Even at that, it might not be enough to survive. There is no restaurateur or business on the planet that can balance the books at 25% revenue, it’s a death sentence.”  Read more….


WIN A VESSEL SHAPED BUTT PLUG…
Filmed pre-COVID (but released yesterday), this mini-documentary by “Self-Proclaimed Idiot” Jeff Seal asks questions about how Hudson Yards ate Harlem’s lunch.  Those answering questions correctly got a Hudson Yards sex toy!


WHAT WE’RE READING
How will outdoor dining work when the days turn colder? Pods…

It’s the end of the world as we know it… A Climate Clock is ticking down in Union Square. Tick Tock…

Work – it’s a four-letter word. Hell…

TONIGHT! Hosts Scott Barbarino and Michael Kirk Lane virtually present A Night at The Beechman. Piano Bar…


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