TOP 10 LIST: The Best Of The Reopening

TOP 10 LIST: The Best Of The Reopening

The pandemic has made me dial-up my observational skills. And that’s made the post-lockdown experience extremely interesting and sometimes even exhilarating. This last week, in particular, has been epic for new discoveries.

This week’s discoveries run the gamut from my first foray back into department stores to the German obsession with “Lüften” to a great study on why older, single women are the happiest people on the planet. I am also extremely happy to share artist Brad Kahlhamer’s new website. It just went live and was developed by the uber-talented Jamie Dwyer.

My challenge now is to restrict myself to only 10 highlights per week when I am uncovering so many more new things and innovations.

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TOP 10 LIST: Amazingly, People Are Still Opening New Businesses

TOP 10 LIST:  Amazingly, People Are Still Opening New Businesses

This week has been equal parts opportunity and despair (THAT debate, and now Trump tests positive for COVID!). Fortunately, I also see green shoots of rejuvenation all around me. I remain upbeat about the future.

Most exciting of all has been discovering the many ways everyday people are tapping into their creativity and ingenuity to dig themselves (and us) out of this pandemic.

Applications for new U.S. businesses are rising at the fastest rate since 2007. The jump may be one sign that the pandemic is speeding up “creative destruction,” the concept describing how new, innovative businesses often displace older, less-efficient ones, buoying long-term prosperity.

WSJ, Sept 26, 2020

Fingers crossed this trend has legs and some of these new businesses stick. I am certainly seeing it firsthand on the restaurant and gallery fronts where there have been so many closings and yet, surprisingly, new businesses are opening as well.

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Top 10 List: On The Road To An Uneasy Recovery

Top 10 List: On The Road To An Uneasy Recovery

This past weekend was hopping in NYC. I’d never seen so many people out and about with long lines to get into stores and hour-long waits to get a table for lunch. It was a fabulous sight to behold.

And it’s not just in NYC. I’m tracking similar trends around the country and the world.

However, there are storm clouds brewing as we head into election season. Whatever progress is currently being made to reopen and get people back to work will most likely be put on pause with the onset of more unrest and rioting through the end of 2020 into early 2021. Fingers crossed I’m wrong but there’s a palpable uneasiness in the air.

That said, let’s start this week’s Top 10 List with the most positive news and leave the most worrisome til last.
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The Best Top 10 List: Reopening Is What It’s All About!

The Best Top 10 List: Reopening Is What It’s All About!

Another eventful week filled with inspiration, insights, and even a few eureka moments as the pace of the reopening accelerates.

This week’s Top 10 skews to retail launches and re-openings

Major shoutout to Krispy Kreme for giving us a knockout new flagship store in Times Square. And special thanks to Levi Hetrick, VP Shop Experience & Real Estate, for filling me in on the most fun “doughnut theater” details.

Another new and very recent observation (in NYC at least) is the return of business-attired executives lunching in midtown. I’ve even seen a few random execs popping up in my neighborhood. I have no idea what they’re doing on the Lower East Side but I imagine it might have something to do with the new hotels currently under construction in the area, e.g., Marriott’s Moxy on the Bowery.

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Top 10 List: Reflections On The Coronavirus Economy

Top 10 List: Reflections On The Coronavirus Economy

Now entering our 6th month of quasi-lockdown, it’s becoming clearer how businesses (big and small) are re-envisioning and reshaping how we’ll live, work, and play for some time to come.

And let me just add that this has been the most active and enjoyable week for me since March.

I realized this past weekend that my schedule is becoming more hectic again, I’m constantly rescheduling zoom calls as real-life meet-ups with friends for dinner become the norm. We’re even starting to celebrate birthdays again albeit with small groups of friends but more creatively and beautifully than ever. My friend, Rodrigo, planned a sunset sail for his birthday and it was sublime. Definitely a highlight of the week (see #10 below).

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Top 10 List And A Kerfuffle About Whether NYC Is Dead. It’s NOT!

Top 10 List And A Kerfuffle About Whether NYC Is Dead. It’s NOT!

Big news this week: dueling op-eds about whether “NYC is Dead Forever.” James Altucher, a hedge funder who recently fled NYC for Miami cast the first stone. Jerry Seinfeld clapped right back.

everyone and their mother has weighed in.

But my favorite response comes from comedian Andrew Schulz, a true, born-and-bred New Yorker:

This “New York is done shit” is pissing me off. No real NYers abandon the city the second things get a little sketchy. I’m tired of yuppies saying NY is done.

Andrew Schulz

For more on what Andrew has to say about real New Yorkers, watch the first 20 minutes of his most recent podcast (Flagrant 2).

Schulz, btw, is considered one of the hottest young comics working today. Somebody commented recently: “isn’t it strange that we now make fun of politicians while listening to comics?” So true!

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