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The New York State unemployment office typically gets 50,000 calls a week. Last week, it got almost 8 million.

The number of people calling about unemployment benefits in New York State has spiked to more than 150 times its usual number, according to the state’s budget director. “We usually get 50,000 calls a week,” the director said in a press conference Tuesday. “We got 1.2 million calls yesterday and …

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‘Blindsided’ with no backup plan and rents closing in: Laid-off NYC restaurant workers describe how their lives have changed as their industry collapses around them

Jeenah Moon/Getty Images An empty restaurant seen in New York City on March 13, 2020. The layoffs started almost immediately. With the coronavirus spreading through the New York City area, Mayor Bill de Blasio mandated that all of the city’s restaurants be shut down for dining service effective March 17. …

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The Four Seasons on Billionaires’ Row, the most expensive street in the NYC, is set to house doctors and nurses for free during the coronavirus pandemic

Courtesy of The Four Seasons An interior at the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons hotel on New York’s swanky Billionaires Row will house medical workers for free during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a press release from New York governor Andrew Cuomo. The governor’s office said it will be the …

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Read the letter Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just sent to employees about the coronavirus: ‘Things are going to get worse before they get better’

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Saturday shared a memo sent to Amazon employees regarding the coronavirus. In the letter, Bezos notes that the company is hiring 100,00 workers and says Amazon is taking steps to protect essential personnel that can’t work remotely. …

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NYC’s food trucks are shutting down, but it’s not because the city is telling them to – it’s because so many people are staying inside

AP Photo/Wong Maye-E A food truck vendor near Times Square in New York City on March 15, 2020. Many of New York City’s ubiquitous street food vendors are closing as business plunges because of the coronavirus pandemic, Eater reported. The government-mandated shutdowns and severly reduced business due to the pandemic …

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‘If I get corona, I get corona:’ Photos show the coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping spring breakers from crowding beaches and partying on booze cruises

Julio Cortez/AP Images Spring breakers were seen partying in Florida on Tuesday amid the coronavirus spread. The coronavirus isn’t stopping some spring breakers from partying. Florida and Texas, two spring break hot spots, offer an array of beaches for college students looking to let loose and de-stress from school for …

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The Trump Organization reportedly bribed New York City tax officials to pay lower taxes on multiple properties

Reuters President Trump. The Trump Organization bribed New York City tax officials to lower its property tax for multiple buildings in Manhattan, ProPublica reported in a bombshell investigation. Two former tax assessors informed ProPublica they personally obtained illicit funds from the Trump Organization, and three former assessors mentioned that they …

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Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter will meet with the White House today to discuss coronavirus response

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Representatives from the huge tech firms will meet at the White House to discuss the coronavirus outbreak. Representatives from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter will attend a White House assembly on Wednesday to discuss their response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Politico stories. The representatives will …

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Nearly 10,000 sign petition calling for SXSW to be canceled over mounting coronavirus worries

Ketner Group A petition calling for the cancellation of SXSW has gained almost 10,000 signatures. A petition calling for the cancellation of South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual media pageant in Austin, Texas, over COVID-19 worry has obtained almost 10,000 signatures. SXSW officers mentioned on Friday the occasion, which final …

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