New York City! The foremost city in the world is definitely on its way back to greatness. However, I think the most operative term these days should be “NYC Light.” While the momentum continues to build, the city is still a cautious, slightly watered-down version of itself. While the intricate pieces of the NYC puzzle have been loosely re-assembled, we still need the glue that will hold them cohesively together again. That glue: the amazing office workers, residents, and tourists of NYC.
While subways are filling and bars/restaurants are suddenly booming, the once-powerful and exceptional workforce still lags far behind. I estimate that only 15 percent of our local workforce in Union Square has returned to the office. Yes, people are still working remotely from their apartments, but we all know it’s far different than the magic of face-to-face interaction and collaboration.
Psychologically, NYC is almost back on track. Residents are trickling back in, and tourists are filling Times Square again. However, people are still walking on eggshells a bit, for fear of another pandemic wave. Ironically, courtesy and consideration have become the new codes of conduct. While the NYC toughness and grit are increasingly in evidence, I still think we’re a few old-fashioned NYC “F-bombs” away from being truly back. When we once again start hearing those trademark calls… NYC will be back for real!