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This was supposed to be the summer that we returned to normal, here in New York City and in every major city around the world. Right?
But now there’s increasing speculation that it might not happen, because of the Delta variant, and other variants that may hit us from the mutating virus.
How should our government and public health leaders respond? How should we respond?
We wanted to sit down with frequent Post-Corona guest John Podhoretz for a midsummer check-in on where we are with the City’s return. Specifically, we wanted to return to a topic John joined us to discuss last year – Broadway – when would Broadway really re-open, as that’s a proxy for New York’s return to its vibrant and striving pre-Corona past.
John Podhoretz is the editor-in-chief of Commentary Magazine, a columnist for the New York Post, and a long-time writer about live theater, films and popular culture. He’s also a fellow New Yorker, with whom I banter with on an ongoing basis about the state of our City.
Keep in mind, pre-Corona, Broadway attracted some 15 million theater-goers and close to $2 billion in revenues in a typical year. And that doesn’t even include all the other derivative jobs that are generated from millions of theater-goers attending shows each year. According to New York City’s tourism agency, in a typical year, there are 66 million visitors to NYC, generating $72B in economic activity and $7B in tax revenues. According to the organization Broadway League, close to $15 billion of that economic activity and 100,000 jobs here come from people going to shows, and visiting restaurants, hotels, transportation, and all the other local services tied to the theater experience.
Lots of excitement around Springsteen having re-opened his show on Broadway, but who else? Is this pop culture economy of New York coming back? If not, is that because of structural obstacles with New York’s overall return? Or is the Delta variant the new game-changer? And what about Eric Adams – the favorite to be New York’s next mayor – what do we think of his plans to bring this City back to life?
We’ll get into all these topics against the backdrop of Delta and New York.
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