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Safety First: Ways to Protect Hotel Guests and Property

Many fancy hotels boast swanky features like Michelin-starred restaurants or penthouse suites with skyline views — yet none of that matters if hotel guests don’t feel safe. Especially in the era of COVID-19, guests value their safety and security when venturing out from the shelter of their homes to stay in hotels.

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Why Coastal Builder’s Risk Insurance Is Critical for Properties Under Construction

The 2021 hurricane season is shaping up to be a rough one with no signs of slowing down. Hurricane Ida ripped through the Gulf states downing power lines and obliterating structures. It then made its way up the Atlantic, unleashing record-breaking rainfalls, flash floods, and tornados which also caused extensive damage. Catastrophe risk solutions company…

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A Closer Look…New York Brick & Brownstones

New York City is known for its beautiful brownstones – from Queens to Manhattan’s Upper Westside to some of Brooklyn neighborhoods including Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Green, Cobble Hill, and Prospect Heights. Insuring these owner- and tenant-occupied properties requires understanding their unique risks and having a program available that can address them. Let’s…

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is upon us, and homeowners need to prepare their homes for the dropping temperatures and changing leaves. By weatherproofing and performing preventative home maintenance, homeowners can protect their property from any unwelcome surprises and make their autumn more pleasant. Knowing what needs to be done, however, is not always easy. Share this checklist with…

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Say Goodbye to Pandemic Rental Deals

For most of the pandemic, we saw house prices rise and urban rents fall as city dwellers traded the apartment for a single-family home. Rents dropped as much as 25% in some cities, but the days of apartment steals have come to an end. Rental site, Apartment List, reports that the median apartment rent rose…

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Disaster Management for Community Associations

Hurricane Ida is a recent reminder of the havoc severe weather can wreak on a community. Ida took out houses, trees, and utility poles, and knocked out power for more than one million Louisiana residents and water for another 600,000 people. It then triggered one of the worst urban flood disasters in U.S. history in…

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The Case for the Four Day Workweek

Americans have historically prided themselves on how much they work, treating burnout and exhaustion as a badge of honor, but employees and employers alike are beginning to see the mental and physical toll long hours take on an individual. The disruption to office life, brought on by Covid, has many companies, legislators, and employers rethinking…

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September is National Preparedness Month

From a global pandemic to an attempted insurrection, unexpected condos collapses to historic wildfires, the past year and a half have been full of unpredictable disasters, putting in perspective just how unexpected disasters are and how far-reaching their effects can be. This September, as we observe National Preparedness Month, we are reminded of the importance…

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A Closer Look…Restaurants Edition

The restaurant sector, no doubt, has been through a lot in the last 18 months. But recent statistics show that through July 2021 the industry has had steady growth each month since February, with sales volume reaching close to pre-pandemic levels. Although it’s still unclear how the delta variant will impact the industry, we’ve seen…

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NYC to Require Proof of Vaccination for Several Indoor Activities

In the first order of its kind in the United States, New York City will soon require proof of vaccination for a variety of indoor activities, including restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues. The mandate, referred to as “Key to NYC Pass,” requires people over the age of 12 to show proof of at least…

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: An Update in Business Travel

If you’ve been to any major airport this summer, you might have experienced crowds and long lines. The rise in the number of flyers to pre-pandemic levels has taken the airline industry by surprise, with some air carriers unprepared to handle their routine flights due to labor shortages (after laying off about 90,000 full-time workers…

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