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  • China to the Rescue?: New York City businesses are barely hanging on

    Will Old Man Biden reciprocate to the Chinese for making his unemployable son and the rest of the Biden clan exceptionally rich by allowing them to send their business people into the U.S. and buy out....for a song...all the defuncted and dying businesses, giving the Chinese Communist Party and government a foot in the door for a political takeover? And we won't be talking about vegetable stands and dry cleaning stores either.

    And, to make that happen, will the virus Fear Factors, not only remain in place, but EXPAND? After all, Biden is talking out of both sides of his mouth...as is Fauci....bragging (falsely) about his, Biden's, input with advancing the vaccines, and on the other side of his mouth repeating the doom and gloom scenario that we're all going to die if we don't purchase large quantities of "Made in China" paper masks, implying the ineffectiveness of the vaccines.

    With the Democrats...and, especially, with Biden himself....NOTHING is done without first answering the question:
    "What's in it for Me?"


    Biden got his money up-front. Now it's payback time...........








    nypost.com /2021/02/21/nyc-businesses-are-barely-hanging-on-amid-covid-19/

    New York City businesses are barely hanging on

    Gabrielle Fonrouge, Nolan Hicks, Reuven Fenton
    6-8 minutes

    Nearly one year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York, parts of the Big Apple look more like ghost towns, lined with shuttered storefronts, empty office buildings and businesses teetering on the edge of closure.

    Now industry leaders and struggling store owners are calling on the city and state to turn things around — before it’s too late. (Wink, Nod...)

    “I’m not saying there will be an exodus in the city or the city is going to die” without help (No? Everyone else is....), said Gino Gigante, owner of the Lower East Side’s Waypoint Cafe — where sales tanked from $500,000 in 2019 to just $80,000 last year.

    “But you’re going to see a lot of unhappy people and a lot of empty storefronts.”

    As of this month, more than 47 percent of small businesses citywide remain closed, while revenue for those that are open has dropped nearly 60 percent, according to TrackTheRecovery.org, a Harvard University-run database tracing the virus’ economic impact.


    In Lower Manhattan, commercial office leasing dropped nearly 70 percent in 2020, while a staggering 12 percent of businesses — ranging from hotels to department stores to restaurants — closed for good, data from the Downtown Alliance shows.

    “There are hours and hours where no one comes in the store at this point,” Alyssa Morrow, chief operating officer of SoHo clothing store The Vintage Twin, told The Post. “We’re down to bare bones.”

    Restaurants, bars and cafes have been among the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic.

    “We started out with 22 or 23 employees. Now we have about 10,” said Andrew Chase, owner of Cafe Katja on Orchard Street in Lower Manhattan.

    In a stark reminder of the dual dangers of the pandemic, those losses include a worker who succumbed to the virus at just 36 years old, Chase said.

    “It was just so tragic,” he said. “So all I care about is that everybody else is healthy.”

    Nevertheless, plummeting profits have sowed an uncertain future for Chase and his cafe, despite a GoFundMe cash drive, a loan through the federal Paycheck Protection Program and an understanding landlord taking their lease quarterly.

    Vacancy rates in residential, office, and retail spaces have continued to skyrocket — with as much as 21 percent of buildings in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn empty, according to data from Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis, the world’s largest real estate and investment firm.

    “New York City had a vacancy storefront crisis before the pandemic and it’s been exacerbated to levels unimaginable,” Andrew Rigie, the Director of the Hospitality Association, told The Post.

    A series of governmental failures only accelerated the process.

    It took 11 months to roll out an outdoor permit program for the city’s flailing live arts sectors, three of five promised emergency busways remain unbuilt, hampering transportation, and there’s still no aid package for tenants who collectively owe more than $1 billion in back rent.

    The Open Dining and Open Streets programs, which breathed a trace of life back into the city over the summer, only came after threats of legislation and pressure from lawmakers, while aid and loan programs for small businesses have totaled less than $100 million.

    New York must also address quality of life issues to convince tourists — and residents who fled — to come back, said Jerome Barth, president of the Fifth Avenue Association. (Yeah, right....don't hold your breath on that)

    “New York managed to become the number one tourism destination in the world by being the safest big city in the world and we need to own that label,” said Barth, referencing the homeless crisis, high murder rates and rising crime on the subways.

    “Perception is what matters in terms of people deciding whether or not to come to New York.

    While cracking down on quality of life issues, the city must be more forgiving when it comes to slapping businesses with penalties and fines for minor infractions, said Rigie, urging an emphasis on the things that make New York the greatest city in the world.

    “The city needs to embrace the energy that makes New York City so unique,” he said. “We need to continue with the outdoor dining, we need outdoor performances.

    “New York City needs to create reasons to bring people back.”



    Rigie and other industry leaders across the five boroughs said government red tape, coupled with complicated and inadequate relief efforts, is making it nearly impossible for businesses to bounce back. (All that can be described as personal and political ineptitude on the part of deBlasio and Cuomo....!)

    “It’s just so much simpler to operate in a lot of other places,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, the executive director of the Long Island City Business Improvement.

    “The rules are easier, the applications are easier, there’s a simpler bureaucracy around everything.”

    Those businesses not already forced to close may pack up voluntarily if the grass looks greener in other states, warned Lusskin.

    “If we want to keep a strong business climate here we have to up our game and really not take it for granted that everyone just wants to be here,” said Lusskin. “We are in a competition. And we’re New Yorkers, so we should win, but we’re not going to win just by default.”

    Additional reporting by Jennifer Gould, Lois Weiss and Aaron Feis




    Last edited by Prosay; 02-22-2021, 10:27 AM.

  • #2
    Screw them.

    They voted for this and they tolerate it.

    After 9/11 everyone in America was on New York's side, but all of that goodwill was squandered with the election of arrogant, corrupt Leftists.

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    • #3
      I think it's passed a 'screw them' attitude.

      A communist input...if not a take-over...does not just affect business owners. It will affect all of us in one drastic form or another.

      Let's recall what happened after the British government gave up their 99-year "lease" on Hong Kong, and turned that city over to the Chinese (as the "lease" called for): China publicly promised democratic government and "hands-off" on business for Hong Kong....the first few months. After that, it was downhill, and continues, even stronger, today:



      Top Chinese Official Outlines Plan To Ensure 'Patriots' Run Hong Kong

      By Su Xinqi
      02/22/21 AT 3:43 AM



      A top Chinese official on Monday outlined plans to ensure only "patriots" run Hong Kong as Beijing seeks to neuter any remaining democratic opposition and take a more direct role in how the business hub is run.

      The landmark speech by Xia Baolong, head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, came just two weeks ahead of the annual meeting of China's rubber-stamp legislature as speculation grows that further measures are being planned to sew up control of the city.

      "The most vital and pressing task to enforce rule by patriots is to improve the relevant systems, particularly the relevant electoral system," Xia said, according to a speech published by his office.

      "Being patriotic means loving the People's Republic of China."



      More....
      https://www.ibtimes.com/top-chinese-...g-kong-3149800

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      • #4
        China's influence in Serbia (edited from a longer article).......


        Serbia Elections: Democracy Under Siege As Country Beholden To Chinese Money



        By Dragan Djilas
        06/18/20 AT 7:20 AM

        This time, however, there is a difference. Two decades ago when our current president was merely the minister of information for Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia had few friends. Now it has China.

        Even before the COVID-19 pandemic China was present, building a facial-recognition security camera network across the nation. Those cameras assisted the Chinese-trained police force to halt and curtail protests. This invariably meant the tens of thousands of opposition supporters who marched weekly for a year before the pandemic, demonstrating against the violent beating of my deputy party leader.

        The president and his party have learned well from their Chinese mentors: the free media has been crushed, with ruling party representatives occupying 99% of prime-time coverage on five national television channels. In April close to 10,000 fake government-run bots were deleted by Twitter for violating their freedom of speech rules, but not before posting 43 million messages in support of the president.

        Posters supporting Chinese largesse during the COVID-19 crisis are plastered across highway billboards. As the president has declared: “The only country that can help us is China.” He has gone so far as to produce a lickspittle thank you video of himself speaking in embarrassingly broken Mandarin. His obedient prime minister has breathlessly promised the erection of a Sino-Serbian Friendship monument.

        The Serbian government is creating a client state of China at the foothills of Europe. They are doing so willingly, for they know if they ever held an election that was free and fair – with balanced media coverage – they would have little chance of winning.

        Serbia is being sold for a handful of face masks, CCTV cameras and support of an authoritarian ruler. The Chinese are in turn gaining a heavily indebted government, cripplingly high-interest loan repayments for a dozen infrastructure projects and the effective ownership of Serbian lithium ore reserves – for which our country has one of the largest deposits in the world.
        https://www.ibtimes.com/serbia-elect...-money-2995913
        Last edited by Prosay; 02-22-2021, 12:02 PM.

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        • #5
          Again, as previously stated multiple times, fuck them. They voted for it. Now deal with it.
          Retired twice, working on number 3. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless it's a military clock. The above post was not approved or corrected for grammar and syntax, or checked for spelling by the forums administrators.

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          • #6
            Being narrowminded about all this will get us nowhere.

            It's no longer about "them," but all of us.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Prosay View Post
              Being narrowminded about all this will get us nowhere.

              It's no longer about "them," but all of us.


              Narrowminded? An accusation from you? - who owns rental property and works for a commercial rental company? And who posts laments here about the poor commercial landlords every couple of weeks?
              Fuck the landlords. Theyve been screwing everyone since forever. If you and them are suffering now - tough.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Prosay View Post
                Being narrowminded about all this will get us nowhere.

                It's no longer about "them," but all of us.
                I didn’t vote for this. Did you? So yes. It is all about “them”. And until the “thems” stop the nonsense, THIS continues.

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                • #9
                  “We started out with 22 or 23 employees. Now we have about 10,” said Andrew Chase, owner of Cafe Katja on Orchard Street in Lower Manhattan.

                  In a stark reminder of the dual dangers of the pandemic, those losses include a worker who succumbed to the virus at just 36 years old, Chase said.

                  “It was just so tragic,” he said. “So all I care about is that everybody else is healthy.
                  Well if that's all you care about then why mention your other hardships?

                  If all you care about is Safetyism then close your doors now. It's already unlikely that the crowded train, crowded office, crowded street model is ever going to return to NYC. And the more we speak of covid killing 36 yrs olds like that's the norm (it most definitely is NOT) then the less and less likely Manhattan will ever return to the normal that once supported your business.

                  My advice would be to leave Manh. and open a cafe in a more residential area that isnt dependent on tourists and office workers, and leave your gloom and doom between the East and Hudson rivers.
                  Alas, they were Democrats, so they cheated.

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                  • #10
                    I didn’t vote for this. Did you? So yes. It is all about “them”.
                    We are WAY past the vote controversy now. We now have to deal with the catastrophic results of that corrupt vote, and one of them is the potential, and quite possible, influence of Communist China on the entire county (as seen already in other countries, under similar circumstances), not just on how it affects a handful of Greek diners in Manhattan and how "they" voted. And we cannot just turn a blind eye towards it because of how "they" voted.

                    You (and I) may not have voted for it, but it's falling squarely in our laps, like it or not.

                    And vigilance is key.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Prosay View Post

                      We are WAY past the vote controversy now. We now have to deal with the catastrophic results of that corrupt vote, and one of them is the potential, and quite possible, influence of Communist China on the entire county (as seen already in other countries, under similar circumstances), not just on how it affects a handful of Greek diners in Manhattan and how "they" voted. And we cannot just turn a blind eye towards it because of how "they" voted.

                      You (and I) may not have voted for it, but it's falling squarely in our laps, like it or not.

                      And vigilance is key.
                      You don’t fucking get it do you? The “they” and the “thems” VOTED for this. They WANTED this, or they THINK they wanted this. THEY are electing DAs whose platform is they are NOT going to prosecute. What are WE going to do when half of the country want to burn down the houses THEY are living in while STILL inside them?

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                      • #12
                        But THEY are NOT the only ones suffering, or will suffer.

                        Nor, frankly, do I care about THEIR suffering specifically (which should be clear in my entire post above).

                        If you just what to say that "They" are the only ones facing a massive change...or, as Obama called it, a "Fundamental change"...in America, you're living with your head in the sand.

                        Biden said in a teleprompter speech that he doesn't plan on opening up things until the virus is eradicated ...which means NEVER (or for as long as he can get away with it). This, despite real doctors saying that herd immunity will take effect within a month or so (April to July) as the vaccines are distributed. As we should know by now, viruses are never eradicated, but lie dormant in a population. As long as the Democrats can continue "testing" people to find "antibodies" of this covid in their systems...without any symptoms....and declaring just about every DOA as "virus related," don't expect any big announcement that we've overcome it.

                        With that, the economy will continue to suffer.

                        But despite politically-motivated virus fears, "open borders" will not exclusively mean the southern border, but an open invitation to Chinese nationals...and their Chi-Com government money....to enter the U.S. unimpeded to buy out pre-pandemic successful businesses which have now fallen. And it won't be just vegetable stands and dry cleaning stores.

                        At which time, Biden will announce, all is well, and the Chinese will have a BIG foot in the door controlling a large part of the American economy and money, and directing elections and influencing politicians as THEY see fit (as we saw with Hong Kong and Serbia...so far). Within a generation, the off-spring of those enterprising Chinese will hold American citizenship, and they, too, will run for office.

                        Time is not an issue for them. "Incrementalism" is their by-word.

                        Despite the handwriting being on the wall, apparently there are many here who think this is just a NY thing because of who they voted for, and can be ignored, as being "not my problem...I voted for Trump..."

                        Nothing can be further from the truth.
                        Last edited by Prosay; 02-22-2021, 05:34 PM.

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