The end of offices? New York's business districts face uncertain future

New York (AFP) – Boarded-up stores, shuttered restaurants and empty office towers: Covid-19 has turned New York’s famous business districts into ghost towns, with companies scrambling to come up with ways to entice workers to return post-pandemic.  “If they don’t come back, we’re sunk,” said Kenneth McClure, vice president of Hospitality Holdings, whose Midtown bistro pre-coronavirus would buzz with the sound of financiers striking deals at lunch and sharing cocktails after a hard day at the office. The group has closed its six restaurants and bars in Manhattan, two of them permanently, due to…

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