‘If No Tourists Come, I Have No Business’: New York’s Tourism Crisis

Outside Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4, the long line of New York City yellow cabs that in years past rotated like a conveyor belt to meet the demand of passenger arrivals has disappeared.

The wraparound rows where riders line up to hail a cab are empty. Where usually a dozen cabs idle to pick up travelers, last Thursday two were parked. The drivers can wait for hours before picking up a single passenger.

“I have no fares. There’s no flights coming in, no tourists visiting and there’s less people on the streets,” said Jean Metellus, a 71-year-old Queens resident who has owned his taxi since 1988. “So there’s no business, but we still have to pay the bills.”

The pandemic and the global travel restrictions introduced in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus have decimated the American tourism industry, taking with it the livelihoods of millions of people.

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New York’s Mayor Prods State to Approve Business Closures in Covid-19 Hot Spots

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday continued to push the state to approve a plan to shutter nonessential businesses in neighborhoods seeing surges in Covid-19 cases, an added measure to help the city avert a second wave.

The plan would close business in nine ZIP Codes in southern Brooklyn and Queens. The decision on closures is ultimately up to the state, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that ZIP Codes are a flawed way to draw boundaries on closures. Mr. de Blasio said at a press conference that the city will work with whatever model the state chooses.

“The facts on the ground make clear that we need restrictions,” said Mr. de Blasio. “We need something stronger and we need it quickly.”

City officials asked the state on Sunday to close schools and nonessential businesses by Wednesday. Mr. Cuomo on Monday agreed only to the

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Business groups renew proposal to ditch New York’s Scaffold Law

ALBANY — Dozens of business advocacy and local government groups penned a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday calling for him to include a repeal of a state law that has been on the books since the 1800s that puts the blame for workplace accidents solely on the shoulders of the business — regardless of the worker’s relative responsibility in their own injury.

The statute, known as the Scaffold Law, holds employers and building owners to an “absolute liability” standard whenever a worker is injured or killed in an accident involving a fall from an elevated surface. New York is the only state in the country with such a law.

Imagine the famous photo “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” in which the construction workers building 30 Rockefeller Plaza sit with their lunches on an outstretched steel beam, nothing beneath them to stop them from falling to their deaths if

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