The coronavirus pandemic and government’s anti-coronavirus measures have affected every business to some extent and the real estate market is no exception. Hygiene and safety measures had to be introduced on construction sites as well while closed borders stopped supplies for some real estate projects under construction. The Slovak Spectator spoke with René Popik, CEO of HB Reavis Slovakia; Pavel Pelikán, managing director of J&T Real Estate (JTRL); Ján Krnáč, managing director of Cresco Real Estate; and Lenka Vargová, PR specialist at Penta Real Estate, about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their businesses. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 temporarily slowed some real estate projects
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The UK’s coronavirus lockdown has been punctuated with a series of store closure and job cutting announcements from the chain. Last month, the retailer said it was shedding 1,000 jobs at its headquarters, as well as in cafes and other services in stores that would not reopen under social distancing rules. … [Read more...] about Debenhams to close three more stores
War of the Worlds: H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi story gets a modern update with this series starring Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, Stephen Campbell Moore and Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones. Wells’ alien invasion epic has been catnip for storytellers because it sets the scene – this time, contemporary Europe – for that ultimate test, what humans are willing to do in the face of an existential threat. Watch it: SBS On Demand, from Thursday, July 9 at 8.30pm … [Read more...] about What to stream this week: Relic, The Old Guard, Greyhound, Rosehaven and more
Could it be? Yes, it could. A mere three weeks after real, genuine construction started at ground zero — the concrete foundation was finally poured for the much-delayed Freedom Tower — there’s set to be some more real, genuine progress today. Five years after it was badly damaged and rendered uninhabitable by the attacks, the long-shrouded Deutsche Bank building is finally coming down. The AP is reporting that the building’s façade is being removed starting this morning; once that is gone, the steel-and-concrete infrastructure comes next. One of the new WTC towers is set to be built on the site, plus a new Greek Orthodox church. Don’t start rushing to say your Greek prayers, though: It’ll be a year till the current building is gone. Work Begins Friday to Take Down Damaged WTC Skyscraper [AP via Newsday]Earlier: Freedom Tower Construction Finally Begins, Boringly … [Read more...] about More Actual Progress at Ground Zero!
That means the shadows of the larger of these planned buildings would jut half a mile into the park at midday on the solstice and elongate to around a mile in length as they angled across the park toward the Upper East Side, darkening playgrounds and ball fields, as well as paths and green space like Sheep Meadow that are enjoyed by 38 million visitors each year. … [Read more...] about Because People Don’t Dislike Billionaires Enough Already, Luxury Skyscrapers Will Shroud Parts of Central Park in Darkness