Kognition: Reopening America With Intelligence In The Built Environment

NEW YORK, NEW YORK,  July 6, 2021  —  As America celebrated this week its 245th year of Independence, New York City is beginning to show signs of liberation from the past year of Covid captivity. Even my landmark office skyscraper, The Empire State Building, recently loosened its pandemic mask and social distancing restrictions. Unfortunately, the bustling of Midtown suits is still far from pre-pandemic highs, with office building occupancy hovering below twenty percent.

As Mark Ein, Chairman of Kastle Systems, explains, “New York, when you look across major markets across the United States, has been amongst the very slowest to return to the office, which I think we can explain by how hard the pandemic hit New York at the beginning.” The national office occupancy is 27% of pre-pandemic levels, with cities like Dallas at almost 50% capacity. The situation is even bleaker in the hospitality sector with reported NYC hotel room revenue down by more than 89% for the year.

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