A tour of the “middle Village” in “New York City Has Changed Forever”.
Realtor Cash Jordan shows a small one-bedroom near Union Square, on 13th Street. In fact, from 1974-1978 I lived in the Cast Iron Building at 67 E 11th St, on the 6th floor, two different apartments, on the north side. Across the street, at 80 E 11th St the United States Chess Federation (USCF) had its headquarters back in the 1960s.
I would commute work (at NBC, and later Bradford, in midtown and sometimes lower Manhattan for Bradford) from Union Square, sometimes having a hot breakfast at a place on Broadway between 12th and 13th. Those were the days.
Cash talks like the bars and restaurants can come back. (Julius’s, the famous gay bar in on W 10th St, is running a GoFundMe to survive, and many bars say they cannot come back.)
The pandemic slammed into NYC like a bomb just before St. Patrick’s Day, 2020, by which time everything, including Broadway and Lincoln Center, was shut down indefinitely. And the second wave this fall raises the specter of another major lockdown, maybe after Biden takes office.
Because of work-from-home and virtual learning, most people need to have enough space in their apartments for work, reducing entertainment and sleep space. Many families will find it making even more sense to go back to the suburbs or at least outer boroughs.
The biggest problem facing the economy of NYC is that people cannot safely congregate in large indoor spaces, at least without well-fitted face masks. This could be the case for quite a long time (and we don’t officially have a good word on vaccines yet.) Maybe some sort of improvement of filtering air for indoor spaces is possible.