Monday, April 10, 2023

Free Markets, Big Government & My COVID Experience; COVID Crushed NYC Landlord Profits, Rent Board Reveals, and other C-Virus related stories

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Free markets, big government & my COVID experience:
When I swallow, knives cut my throat.
I cough and sometimes can’t stop.
That’s frightening.
I caught COVID.
Dodged it three years.
But this week, I suddenly felt lousy, and a home test said: “positive.” The thermometer said: 101.8.
No big deal, I thought. Almost everyone gets COVID. Lots of people say it’s no worse than a cold.
I’m multi-vaccinated and boosted. My fever’s not super high. I’m fit. This will give me a chance to lie around.
But then came the knives to my throat, and the cough that makes it hard to breathe.
Darn. This is much worse than any flu I’ve had. I feel miserable. It hurts so much to talk that I just text.
I think, “COVID still kills several hundred Americans every day.” Will I be one? I do feel like I might die.
But COVID mostly kills old people. Wait, that’s me!--->READ MORE HERE
Christopher Sadowski
COVID crushed NYC landlord profits, rent board reveals:
The number of rent-stabilized New York City apartment buildings operating in the red jumped from 6.5% to 8.8% as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on landlord’s finances, according to new figures from the Big Apple’s rent board released Thursday.
Overall, the financial analysis from the Rent Guidelines Board found that building owners saw their net profits before tax drop 9% between 2020 and 2021 as the coronavirus ravaged the five boroughs.
However, many buildings remained in the black, with the average citywide rent for a stabilized apartment sitting at nearly $1,500 a month, while the average cost for its operation and maintenance hovered just shy of $1,100 per month.
The report is the first step in a months-long process to determine how much rents will increase for the city’s nearly 1 million regulated apartments, a question which will be settled in June. --->READ MORE HERE
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