It’s about 5:30 in the morning on Saturday as I write this, from my temporary perch next to the Whitestone bridge in New York City.

There’s an article in this morning’s New York Post:

Manhattan’s beloved Strand Book Store published a call for help this week, admitting that the business has seen a massive financial decline as a result of COVID-19 and is on the brink of shuttering.

“The Strand’s revenue has dropped nearly 70% compared to last year,” Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden admitted in a letter posted to Twitter on Friday afternoon. “Because of the impact of COVID-19, we cannot survive the huge decline in foot-traffic, a near-complete loss of tourism, and zero in-store events (compared to 400 events pre-pandemic).”

Over at Instapundant, Sarah Hoyt remarks on the story:


And that my friends, is precisely correct.

Folks, it’s not the pandemic that’s killing the Strand, the pandemic is not whats’s killing New York City. What’s doing that is the lack of leadership under these conditions at the city and state level.

I’m sure I’ll be told that this is an exaggeration, the books have been going bye bye for years in the face of the electronic age and a half a dozen other excuses,but think again:

I’m listening to the radio stations here in the city one of whom is talking about record low rent rates. According to Joe Connolly over at WCBS, business space is being offered for rates they haven’t seen in 90 years. In short, it’s not just the Strand that’s dying off. It’s every business in the city.

And with all respect to the ownership of the strand, it’s not just covid-19 either. Nor is it just businesses that are giving up.

The Post ran a story last August that makes it clear what the problem is:

On Sunday, The Post highlighted families who’ve given up on the Upper West Side — now teeming with junkies, the homeless, convicts and others — and are headed for greener pastures outside Gotham.

Meanwhile, Fox Business reports that moving companies are seeing a continuing surge in citywide business that began soon after the COVID outbreak. And while many of those fleeing may come from Manhattan, the trend is surely not confined to the Upper West Side.

The article goes on to report that every moving company in the city is working overtime at a rate they’ve never seen before, people moving out of New York State and New York City particularly.

It isn’t covid-19 that’s killing off new york. It’s Democrat “leadership”

And the thing is… for all of their bluster… It’s obvious that Cuomo and de Blasio have not a clue what to do about it, or they simply don’t care.

To those people fleeing New York, I have only one request:for the love of your country, don’t bring your Democrat party voting habits with you. They are what put New York City and New York State into the position that they are in.

Remember, stop the spread.