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As Omicron Spreads, Jerome Powell Is in the Hot Seat

In June of last year, Jerome Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, held a two-day policy meeting with his top colleagues. The first COVID-19 wave was winding down, and some businesses were starting to reopen after the closures enacted at the onset of the pandemic. But the unemployment rate was still at 13.3 per cent, and during the previous three months nearly twenty million workers had lost their jobs or been furloughed. Powell and other members of the Fed’s main policymaking committee thought that the recovery would be a long, slow grind. Their median forecast was that the unemployment rate would be 6.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2021, and in the fourth quarter of 2022 it would be 5.5 per cent.
Page Six

Stacey Bendet and Colm Dillane partner on new KidSuper artist space

Fashion designers Stacey Bendet and Colm Dillane want to bring the energy of Andy Warhol’s Factory back. Alice + Olivia and Creatively founder Bendet has teamed with KidSuper creator Dillane to build a new KidSuper Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Bendet told Page Six they hope the spot will be a...

NYC private COVID-19 vaccine mandate sets precedent for rest of US

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a major new COVID-19 vaccine mandate that will cover the city’s entire private sector. Under this mandate, anyone who works in the megacity will be required to show proof of vaccination, something de Blasio says will ensure “every employer is on a level playing field.”
New York Post

Eric Adams is taking advice from Miami’s mayor on Twitter and crypto

Mayor-Elect Eric Adams is looking to raise his Twitter game — and has turned to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez for help, On The Money has learned. Adams, who is slated to take the helm of New York City on Jan. 1, doesn’t manage his own Twitter account, and barely knows how to tweet despite racking up 74,500 followers as of Monday, according to sources close to the situation.

New Study Shows COVID-19 Pandemic Has Raised People’s Blood Pressure

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Have you checked your blood pressure lately? According to a new report, blood pressure levels in adults in all 50 states rose during the pandemic. “My blood pressure definitely went up,” Ken Olivier said. And doctors say the 60-year-old isn’t alone. “Here in New York City, we’re seeing elevations of blood pressure across the board,” NYU Langone Dr. Lawrence Phillips told CBS2’s Alice Gainer on Monday. “I even saw it in myself. My blood pressure went up during COVID as well, and several of my colleagues said the same thing,” added Dr. Ajay Kirtane, a cardiologist at New York Presbyterian/Columbia...

Ella Hunt Sparkles in Disco Versace Dress and Mirrored Heels at ‘Don’t Look Up’ Premiere

Ella Hunt drew inspiration from disco while attending the “Don’t Look Up” premiere last night in New York City. The “Dickinson” actress hit the red carpet in a gleaming Versace minidress, which featured a one-shoulder silhouette. The flashy metallic number was also coated in silver sequins, elevating its glam factor instantly. Hunt’s accessories were similarly dazzling, composed of sparkling diamond Repossi rings and A.Perdifiato drop earrings. When it came to shoes, Hunt slipped on a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti’s Harmony sandals. The now-sold out style featured mirrored silver patent leather uppers, as well as thin platforms and three thin straps for added...

Opinion: NY’s Air Pollution Could Be Clouding Our Minds, Too

‘Research has brought to light the disturbing effects air pollution has on our health which can have a lifelong impact on an individual. Behavioral issues and decreased IQ have the potential to impede on a child’s future success, which is why it is crucial to intervene now.’. The air around...

No more schmears?

Bagel shops in New York are reporting the beginning of a shortage of cream cheese. And no one seems to know why.

Trendy Taco Chain To Open in Forest Hills Tuesday

A popular taco chain will open a new restaurant in Forest Hills on Tuesday. Tacombi – a chain that offers traditional Mexican fare such as tacos, quesadillas and burritos – will open at 71-22 Austin St. The restaurant is moving into a 2,500 square foot space that was last occupied...

Upper West Bagel Shops Face Cream Cheese Shortage

Upper West Side, we have a problem. In October, we ranked the five best bagel spots on the Upper West Side and now two of them, Absolute Bagels and Zabar’s, are facing a cream cheese shortage due to supply chain issues, as reported by the New York Times. Absolute Bagels...