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According to a nonprofit that advocates for local business leaders, crime rates in New York City threaten a long-term decline in the number of employees entering offices in Manhattan.
Less than 40% of Manhattan office workers go to the office on a weekday, according to a survey by the Partnership for New York City published Monday.
Kathryn Wylde, who is the group’s president and CEO, said during a radio interview on Sunday on WABC that the city’s declining office attendance is not due to COVID-19, but rather to “the issue of public safety” and rampant homelessness.
“When we asked employers what factor would be most effective in getting people back to the office, they said, ‘Reduce the presence of the homeless and the mentally ill, and expand the police presence on the streets and subways,'” he said. wylde. †
“There is no mystery here. Whatever employers do to encourage [their employees to return to the office]”…if we can’t solve the problem of public safety,” she continued. “If we can’t do that, we will see a long-term decline in the presence of people who are willing to take the subway and take the subway. come back to the office.”
Wylde also pointed out that while office life has yet to recover, nightlife and restaurants have returned to the city. “We’re just not quite back in the office yet,” she said.
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According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), crime rates in New York City have skyrocketed in recent years, rising 34.2% in April alone by 34.2%.
The Partnership for New York City survey also found that while 39% of Manhattan workers come to their desks on the average weekday, most of them only come to their desks on average three days a week.
Before the pandemic, more than 80% of the Manhattan office workers surveyed by the group had to be in the office five days a week, Wylde explained.
In another survey the group conducted and released in March, 84% of those surveyed said conditions in New York City have worsened since 2020 and 40% say they are considering moving.
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The city expects at least 20% of the office space of the five boroughs to remain vacant until at least 2026, according to the projected budget.