Does anyone still work in NYC?

From the NY Post:

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy attempts to woo New Yorkers in retaliation for congestion tax

The grass is greener in the Garden State? New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy sure wants you to think so!

Murphy is taking aim at neighboring Gov. Kathy Hochul over New York’s congestion pricing program — with an ad campaign aimed at wooing Big Apple residents and businesses into relocating to his state, The Post has learned.

“New York’s congestion tax scheme is unfair for North Jersey commuters who already pay so much in tolls and fees,” Murphy said in a statement, referring to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority‘s controversial higher “congestion tax” that Jerseyans would have to pay to enter Midtown Manhattan.

“At the same time, it presents an opportunity for us to stress the value proposition of New Jersey for New York City residents and businesses alike: an ideal location, talented pool of workers, less congestion, and, most importantly, no congestion tax. I’m out there every day making the argument for why businesses should give New Jersey a close look for relocation.”

Starting Monday, Choose NJ — New Jersey’s not-for-profit economic development arm allied with Murphy — will run digital ads at key strategic crossings on the New York side of the Hudson entering or leaving Manhattan.

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52 Responses to Does anyone still work in NYC?

  1. Phoenix says:

    Wake up you lazy slugs and stay at homes. It’s 7:45

  2. Jim says:

    Phoenix wins this round, LOL

  3. Phoenix says:

    Sure did. Worked till 1am, drove home, and still woke up before the stay at homes removed their night creams and overnight mask.

    As Sargent Carter would say:


  4. 3b says:

    NY Times article on young graduates leaving major cities , NYC , San Francisco.

  5. BRT says:

    By, We did mother’s day at La Piazza in Allentown and we sat in the pizza booth. Wasn’t going to even try with waitstaff. There’s a mexican guy there that hustles and makes the whole place function. He runs the counter there. Well, I think I notice it disproportionately because in Lawrence, right next to where all the restaurants are, there’s a dispensary with a line out the door.

    A lot of my grad school friends in their 50s are going gummi crazy. They take them every night. I also noticed our scorekeeper in baseball games at little league, who constantly tells me about his thc gummies, gets high anxiety and irritability when the game goes long. Textbook withdrawal.

  6. Chicago says:

    Grim: hat tip?

  7. Bystander says:


    Same here. I have friend in 50s who was pastry chef at top restaurants. Got too run down a few years back and now makes his own gummies and sells as NYC farmer markets. Takes a lot of his own product. A childhood friend in 50s, also takes them every night as stress relief. I have no qualms about people doing what they need but I would assume between smell of weed and popularity of gummies, everyone is high.

  8. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Home Depot HD -3.48%decrease; red down pointing triangle expects annual sales to decline for the first time in over a decade as consumer spending tightens and demand for home renovation projects continues to soften. The home-improvement chain said Tuesday that it now projects sales to fall between 2% and 5% in fiscal 2023, rather than stay flat as it had guided for in February.

  9. BRT says:

    From people I’ve talked to that take it, CBD seems to be enough for pain. The gummies work as well but you get your jollies off of them. I’ve spent a lifetime around addicts. Seeing their downfalls occur from an early age led me to abstain from these things. My siblings and cousins, not so much. Basically all my childhood friends, family, college roommates, all heavy into drug and alcohol abuse. I have 3 cousins that have died from fentanyl. These gummy things are very addictive and if someone casually works them into the conservation every time you see them, they are exhibiting textbook addictive behavior. It’s always on their mind. My mom took some when she visited my sister in Oregon. She spent the next 6 months bringing it up in every conservation.

  10. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Pandemic combined with addictions….I said it at the time we were in lockdown. They couldn’t control themselves. Going to work was the only break for these individuals who can’t control their addictions. They are now f/ed.

  11. Boomer Remover says:

    My wife pops them too from time to time, but not before cutting in half. The starting price for anything in a dispensary is $70 (per package of whatever). It’s not cheap, and it’s easy to get into a >$200 a month habit. I remember when ~$300 a month was a car payment….

    My OG for falling asleep is still over the counter Diphenhydramine.

  12. Libturd says:

    This is definitely worth reading. It’s pretty short too.

    “Debt Ceiling Brinksmanship & The Necessity For Spending Reforms”

  13. Libturd says:

    What is it with all of these drugs? Is life really that tough? I don’t even like to take Tylenol. Sure, in college I tried nearly everything stopping before crack and heroin. But ultimately, I hate that feeling when you want to get control back and can’t. It’s not paranoia either. When I used to Rave, X was the best. Until it’s 8am, you just want to sleep, and you have no way to do so because you are too hyped up. Same with good weed. After a few hours, I might want to have an intelligent convo. I think anyone who does drugs to escape will eventually be pushing up daisies if they don’t get help.

  14. Bystander says:


    I am not innocent nor an addict. I had a buddy of mine take 25mg at a concert and pass out. The pastry guy was telling me that I needed to take two of his gummies bc only 30mg. Guy starts morning with 50mg. That is problem. People wanting to get higher and higher. 5mg should be enough to take edge off, if you don’t pop them daily.

  15. Libturd says:

    One of my best friends passed out at a concert from smoking weed in college too. I found that strange. Cost me the show as we were forced to leave after he came too.

  16. Bystander says:

    Yes Lib, you have to embrace reality and enjoy it even with most stressful times. Turning away reality by taking drugs is the problem that most addicts face. I have done almost nothing but weed in my life. It is way better alternative than alcohol. I have older friend in mid 60s who had liver issues in 40s as alcoholic. He gave it up but now smokes all day long. Honestly weed probably kept him alive or he would have ended it. He should be in grave..the cigs will get him there. Alcohol and cigs are far far worse

  17. BRT says:

    I know plenty of people who can use without any addictive issues. But that being said, some of these things appear so potent that I don’t think people realize what they are messing with.

    On the nyquil, I take 1/2 of a pill instead of the recommended dose of 2 when I’m sick. Anything more than that, I’m done the next day. I cannot take any painkillers or muscle relaxers. Like Lib said, that feeling of having to wait for it to wear off is awful.

    I really messed myself up on vacation last year taking Dramamine for our kayaking ride. It sat with me for a good 18 hours. I had double vision and drowsiness.

  18. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Honestly, weed is nothing…

    I know some people can’t handle it for whatever reasons, but for the majority, it’s really nothing. You wouldn’t even know they smoked unless you smelled it.

    Bystander says:
    May 16, 2023 at 10:59 am
    Yes Lib, you have to embrace reality and enjoy it even with most stressful times. Turning away reality by taking drugs is the problem that most addicts face. I have done almost nothing but weed in my life. It is way better alternative than alcohol. I have older friend in mid 60s who had liver issues in 40s as alcoholic. He gave it up but now smokes all day long. Honestly weed probably kept him alive or he would have ended it. He should be in grave..the cigs will get him there. Alcohol and cigs are far far worse

  19. Bystander says:

    Insane, not sure how true but we are headed for strange times. I would not put it past that evil f@ck Dimon

    A warning for anyone working at or thinking about working at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    If you work at JPMorgan Chase & Co. or are thinking about working at JPMC, you need to know about their employee surveillance tool called WADU. WADU is an acronym for Workforce Activity Data Utility. Every employee at JPMC has a profile in the WADU database.

    I think everyone expects their employer to track them to some extent. It is pretty standard practice for employers to monitor and run analysis on things like building badge swipes and the amount of time spent connected when working from home. It has also become very common place for employers to record audio and video at the office.

    WADU is on a different level. It is an artificial intelligence & machine learning system for workforce human behavior. Starting at the moment you arrive to the building, WADU is tracking you using facial and speech recognition. Most JPMC offices and branches have been outfitted with some of the best HD AV security cameras.

    Whenever you are at your desk, know that there is a HD camera tracking you the entire time. WADU uses the array of HD cameras at the office to monitor all of your non-verbal body language all throughout the day. The collected information is then fed into the AI/ML system and it is used to update your WADU profile in real time.

    Every manager gets access to a dashboard that lists all the metrics about their subordinates. The productivity metrics about an employee start getting updated immediately after an employee logs into the system. If the employee is at the office, two bio-metrics are available, attention/focus and stress.

    The bio-metric feeds are updated from the facial and behavioral tracking. Having a bad day? Stressed about something? WADU has already noticed this and alerted your manager. Can’t focus? Not working at your usual pace? WADU has already noticed this and alerted your manager. Did something you normally don’t do? It’s possible WADU flagged it as suspicious and alerted your manager.

    WADU is also why they are pushing RTO or “return to office” so hard. Upper management does not care if some employees are more productive when they are working from home. They want everyone back in the office as much as possible so that their WADU profiles are being refined. Enhancing their insight into you is more important to them than better productivity from working from home.

  20. The Great Pumpkin says:


    Yup, sounds about right. It’s inevitable. Technology will change our lives…

    Say goodbye to the life that you used to know.

  21. Chumley says:

    11:32 all deez bat shit homo owners takin weed laff in like babies listenin to Fleetwood Mac & cheese.

  22. Chumley says:

    My fren omba drayba smokes ten weeds a day. Works air traffic.

  23. Fabius Maximus says:

    Reposting: Is Rudi really this stupid. Now she’s suing him for $10mil and someone is going to pay to get that laptop back.

    Tomi T Ahonen Not Selling Pardons for $2 Million @tomiahonen
    With attorneys like these, who needs enemies?

    Trump ‘personal attorney’ Giuliani put 23,000 emails of Rudy onto her computer – including from before she was even employed by Rudy – that included criminal activities of Trump, Ivanka, Jr, Jared, Pompeo, Bannon, Kellyanne, Hannity

  24. ExEx says:

    I’ll just leave this here:

  25. BRT says:

    Fab, it has all the hallmarks of Russian Disinformation

  26. ExEx says:

    Rrrrrudy Giuliani has been accused of making an employee perform oral sex on him while he was on the phone to Donald Trump.

    Noelle Dunphy, 43, who is suing for $10 million in damages and unpaid wages, claimed the former New York mayor subjected her to “wide-ranging sexual assault and harassment”.

    She also claimed he went on “alcohol-drenched rants” that included “sexist, racist, and anti-Semitic remarks” and made her work environment “unbearable”.

    Ms Dunphy claimed that she had recordings of numerous interactions with Mr Giuliani.

  27. Bystander says:

    Where are the cries of socialism and wails from the right like student loan forgiveness? Oh wait, real estate and banks will profit so mouths hypocritical.

    HARTFORD, Conn. — What if you could get up to $50 thousand dollars towards a down payment for a home in Connecticut? Gov. Ned Lamont released a $20 million bond allocation last week to do just that. It’s all part of a larger effort to respond to a so-called housing crisis and create more affordable housing options across the state. But who qualifies and how can you apply? FOX61 spoke with the deputy

  28. 10-31 says:

    Property owners are starting to unload troubled office buildings at fire-sale prices, a sign that the office market slump is moving into a new phase where more landlords are ready to capitulate.
    In recent weeks, Blackstone sold the Griffin Towers office complex in Santa Ana for $82 million, or about 36% less than the firm paid in 2014, say people familiar with the matter. Principal Financial Group sold a Parsippany, N.J., office building for $14.3 million, down from the $52 million it paid in 2008, according to participants in the sale.
    The tower at 350 California in San Francisco, valued at $300 million in 2019, is expected to trade at about $60 million, or roughly 80% below that previous valuation.
    Office building values have steadily declined during the pandemic as shifting workplace strategies reduced demand for space and vacancies rose. Higher interest rates have also hammered the sector, making it much more difficult for landlords to refinance a property or fund the building improvements and amenities needed to
    Still, up until recently, the office sales market has been moribund. Investors purchased only $10.7 billion worth of office property in the first quarter of this year, down 68% from the same period last year, according to data provider MSCI Real Assets.
    The lack of activity is common in the early stages of real-estate market downturns because owners try to extend their loans or find other solutions, rather than dump their properties at a big loss. During the global financial crisis, many owners negotiated mortgage extensions with creditors on the assumption that office markets would rebound when the economy started expanding.
    Now, the uptick in troubled office-building sales indicates that more owners believe that weak demand is here to stay. The volume of distressed office deals is expected to rise even further in the months to come, as billions of dollars worth of mortgages need to be refinanced.
    The tower at 350 California in San Francisco, valued at $300 million in 2019, is expected to trade at about $60 million.

    Listings of office buildings for sale are also rising. “Office inventory is growing,” said Steven Jacobs, president of Ten-X, one of the biggest auctioneers of commercial property online. “Investors want out.”
    Sales at marked-down prices likely will put more downward pressure on the office market, not only by establishing lower prices for comparisons but by undercutting their competitors’ rents, market participants say.
    For example, a buyer who pays far less than replacement cost for a building in a market where neighbors charge $25 a square foot, will be able to rent space at $15 a square foot, said Mr. Jacobs.
    “They’re going to annihilate those other buildings,” he said.
    Ten-X listed 91 office properties in the first quarter, up 44% from the first quarter in 2022. The second quarter of this year is on track for similar growth, Mr. Jacobs said. In the first week in May, Ten-X held 11 successful auctions of office properties.
    Most of those traded at sharp discounts. On average, the sellers met the market at prices that were about 31% below their initial expectations, Mr. Jacobs said. During the same period one year ago, office sellers accepted an average 7.1% discount, he said.
    The delinquency rate of office loans that were converted into commercial mortgage-backed securities increased to 2.77% in April, the highest rate since August 2019, according to data firm Trepp. In the first quarter of this year, 26 office buildings were taken over by creditors in foreclosure actions, compared with six in the first quarter of 2022, according to MSCI.
    Some buyers are finding the discount pricing too good to resist. In Chicago, the investment firm of the family that owns Jose Cuervo tequila is in advanced talks to buy 300 South Wacker Drive for about $100 million, a 38% discount from 2017, according to people familiar with the matter.
    Jose Perez, a managing director of the firm, Agave Holdings, declined to comment on any specific deal. But, in general, he said Agave is looking at discounted office deals throughout the country.
    “We have learned from the past, that when everyone is selling, buy; and when everyone is buying, sell,” he said.
    Earlier this spring, global investment manager Hines paid $60 million for a new office tower in Washington, D.C., less than half of what it cost to develop, according to Alfonso Munk, the firm’s chief investment officer, Americas.
    By paying that price, Hines was able to invest enough in interior work and building amenities to sign the law firm Davis Polk as a tenant for more than half of the 11-story building.
    “That suffering we’re seeing across financial markets is creating an opportunity,” Mr. Munk said.

  29. Fabius Maximus says:

    BRT what Irony that Rudy now has a laptop issue.

    In the old days someone like Matty would have been sent to “retrieve” it. but there will be too many eyes on her.

    He could go to court and claim privilege, but he knows he’ll lose that. So someone will write this woman a very large check.

  30. The Great Pumpkin says:

    The whole problem with commercial real estate is the rise in rates. Simple as that. People love to blame it on WFH, but the real issue is drastically higher rates on old properties that need to be upgraded. How do you upgrade in a high rate environment that is killing your bottom line and ability to refinance?

    Offices aren’t dying, but are going through the repercussion that the banks and bond market are dealing with.

    Too many people are calling for these properties to be made into housing when they don’t understand what is happening. And once you get rid of commercial for residential…there is no going back. People really need to think about this long-term before they act on it. You are going to need commercial property in the future…and you also need them for the tax income they create for local govts. Can’t rely on all residential unless you are rich.

  31. ExEx says:

    Discovery in this particular case would be highly entertaining.
    A look into the sheer lunacy of the Trump presiduncy

  32. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Dumbass was blackmailed. She was probably setting him up from day 1…preying on him.

    “Ms Dunphy claimed that she had recordings of numerous interactions with Mr Giuliani.”

  33. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Catsimatidis later went on to take partial ownership of the grocery store he had worked in and extended the business. Today, the 74-year-old is worth about $4.1 billion in large part due to his ownership of Gristedes Food, a chain of New York City grocery stores, and a real estate and aviation company call Red Apple Group, according to Forbes.

    You think?!

    “Catsimatidis told Daily Mail that his advice for people striving to develop their careers is to hire people smarter than you, get an education, and stay out of trouble.

    He also said that he feels a strong work ethic has gone by the wayside for many workers today.

    “The harder you work, the easier it gets to win,” he said. “Look at people only working three days a week, and I’ll show you failures.””

  34. ExEx says:

    1:49 play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  35. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Yup, def need to be smarter than that. Ego is a biatch.

  36. ExEx says:

    2:04 alcoholism & insanity more likely.

  37. Libturd says:

    Borat already exposed Rudy for the pervert he is. Sadly, it seems like most male politicians share the same genetic makeup which makes it impossible for the them to keep it in their pants. And it’s clearly a bipartisan issue.

  38. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Rudy could have walked off into the sunlight a hero…saved NYC. Nope, had to destroy his legacy. What a giant fall from grace.

  39. Bystander says:

    Catsimatidis is a big fat f* who should put down the food. Gen Z woke up to the pyramid scheme and propaganda. “Work 80 hrs so you can get richer when company does well” “sell them on those 1-off stories of the immigrant billionaire who worked oh so hard”. Reality is that you most could work 100 hrs like he says and not see a dime of the company profits. It gets swept away by the few and most will be W2 wage slaves forever, shit wage increases, cobbling retirement money like many of us. Gen Z is smarter than other generations.

  40. Bystander says:


    That is great. Never heard this album previously. Really cool, mellow sound. Is that Jack Pearson on slide? Way underrated player.

  41. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Agree with most of the post….but remember what Uncle Scrooge would say. “Work smarter, not harder.” Have to work hard, but at the same time, you have to have a goal.

    I def agree with this quote below. Avg individual is getting smarter and smarter. It’s changing the stock market. Not the same dumb retail investors out there like the past. Same applies to labor….not the same dumb avg worker out there anymore. Game has changed. Technology opened up a ton of information out there for anyone that wants to learn…couldn’t do that in the past.

    “Gen Z is smarter than other generations.”

  42. ExEx says:

    Gregg was the Man

  43. Bystander says:

    Blumpy, I’ve spent 25 years in corp America. I know the drill. Very few people have the self-promoting nature to move ahead in their careers. Lots of people have low self esteem..and the brightest are often introverts, usually not recognized because lack of soft skills. This is all okay. We have to know ourselves and our limitations. I won’t travel for any job period. Probably lost some good opportunities. That is a my limitation. Some Gen Z kid will be the next Catsimatidis. He is just too old to see that capitalism will reward work in a different way. Be assured – capitalism needs to filter trillions to people in order for it to survive. It won’t care if you worked way up or simply showed up at right time. The number of unprofitable zombie BS companies is off the charts. Capitalism needs them to remain because they pay a salary and keep barbarians away from the gates. In summary:

    -Knowing the part keeps you employed.
    -Dressing the part gets you noticed.
    -Promising more than the part gets you promoted.
    -Delivering the actual part makes you culpable.

  44. Bystander says:

    Oh no..not Lauren and Jayson! A marriage made in heaven after he exposed himself to (underage) her and friend in a bowling alley. Jail time made the heart grow fonder. Obviously a highly skilled guy who deserves 1/2 million year.

    But, but Hunter’s artwork..

    Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has filed to divorce her husband of two decades, according to court records obtained Tuesday by The Daily Beast.

    The April 25 filing seeks to dissolve her marriage to Jayson Boebert, with whom she shares four sons. An affidavit of service, also obtained by The Daily Beast, indicated that Jayson Boebert appeared to be caught off guard by the court proceedings. He chased away a process server with an expletive-laden tirade and let his dogs loose when he was served with the divorce papers, the affidavit said.

    ..more recently, neighbors of the couple called 911 in August and accused Jayson of running over their mailbox and threatening them. In 911 calls obtained by The Denver Post, a neighbor is heard yelling to a dispatcher, “It’s Lauren Boebert’s jackass husband, Jayson. He’s running over my mailbox right now… Stop you jackass. Get the fuck out of here.”

    The Republican congresswoman from Colorado reported that her husband, Jayson Boebert, received the money as a consultant to “Terra Energy Productions” in 2020, and earned $460,000 as a consultant for the firm in 2019.

  45. ExEx says:

    Hahahaha thots & prayers ya’ll

  46. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I need to build a Tesla position.

    “I can’t say enough about the profundity of full self-driving. It’s one of the biggest changes in history that will occur. It’s not just some feature. It’s as profound as electrification. We already have millions of cars on the road that will achieve this with a software update. That’s a head-exploding emoji!” – Elon Musk 5/16/23

  47. Libturd says:

    You need to build a rocket ship like Musk and go to Mars.

  48. Phoenix says:

    Catsimatidis looks like Fat Bastard. See the resemblance?

  49. Phoenix says:

    Lauren is just doing what plenty are these days:

    Monkey Branching
    when a girl already has a boyfriend but she gives her number to guys that she meets and flirts as if she were single. she’s basically branching off from her boyfriend and establishing backups.
    yo dude I saw your girl at starbucks giving her number to some guy. I don’t think she saw me. it looks like she’s monkey branching, you should dump her.

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