On Sept. 14, real-estate developer Edward Minskoff will break ground on 29 Jay St., a 250,000-square-foot office building in DUMBO that will be the Brooklyn neighborhood’s first new first-class office address in more than a century.
Whoa, isn’t the office market dead forever? Doesn’t Minskoff know we’re in a pandemic without end?
In fact, Gotham knows something about the post-COVID future that the rest of America, and the world, don’t. The Big Apple’s property moguls, as well as ordinary citizens who aren’t teachers-union members, have stared the Delta variant in the face — and chosen to move on.
New Yorkers see through the daily doomcasts. They know that the city’s new-infection rate is low and falling beyond a few under-vaccinated ZIP codes. They understand that hospitalizations are few relative to the number of cases and deaths rare by any metric.
The zeal to carry on…