Brooklyn Has The Highest Number of PPP Loan Recipients, For Amounts <$150K, in New York City

For most New Yorkers, Manhattan is the city’s commercial heart. Its streets are crowded with small businesses – restaurants, retail establishments, and nonprofits – that serve a flood of tourists and locals of all hues. But Brooklyn, and not Manhattan, accounted for the biggest number of recipients for loans under $150,0000, disbursed as part of…

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Covid-19 Deaths In New York City

How many people have died due to Covid-19 in NYC? There is considerable confusion about the answer to that question due to a couple of reasons. First, deaths due to Covid-19 fall under two categories: confirmed and probable. The latter category cases are deaths in which the deceased displayed symptoms resembling Covid-19. Because the symptoms…

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A Different Summer in New York

New York is a party in summertime. Hot air swoops down into homes and offices, driving the city’s residents outside. Feckless festivity pervades. Kids frolic next to fire hydrants. People day drink and lounge in folding chairs next to crowded streets during warm evenings. Clothes are short and traffic jams to beaches long. Parks and…

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Deregulated Electricity Markets and the Covid-19 Crisis

The current pandemic has occurred at an interesting time in the electricity markets. After several decades of regulation, electricity jurisdictions are now increasingly deregulated. Retail Electricity Providers (REPs) have multiplied and play an increasingly important role in providing electricity to customers. The flipside to this arrangement is that REPs are exposed to market forces. As…

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Defunding the Police -II

In my previous post, I discussed the financial feasibility of defunding NYPD. Since I published that piece, I’ve read a bunch of articles suggesting changes to policing. There’s been a veritable media storm of suggestions about allocation of funds within police budgets. Some suggest “unbundling” of police. Others want to more funds to reconfigure training…

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Can We “Defund” the Police?

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death by a police officer in Minneapolis, “Defund the Police” has become a rallying cry for protestors throughout the country and abroad. By tackling the problem’s root cause, that is by sharply cutting the supply of government money to police departments in America, activists contend that police brutality can…

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On Reality-Altering Events: Review of Don DeLillo’s White Noise

A disconnect exists between expectation and reality in America. There is the promised state of being, of living “the dream” as beamed through television and, more recently, through the Internet. And there is the squalid and mundane reality of everyday existence and the analog world. That disconnect finds expression in various aspects of its society:…

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On running

I started running quite late in life. I was 35 and living in Portland. After a series of work mishaps and visa issues, I became unemployed. My living quarters consisted of an ill-lit single room, furnished with a writing desk, bed, and a closet. During the day, I sat in coffee shops and applied to…

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