$40m strike cost: the legend continues

Apparently not everybody reads Metro NY. Two weeks after I debunked the claims that the recent theater stagehands’ strike was costing New York City $2 million a day, this week’s New York magazine declaims, in 30-point type no less:

…the stagehands’ strike kept hundreds of people out of work and cost the city an estimated $38 million…

As I wrote in my Metro column: “That’s [only] true in terms of ‘economic activity,’ a nebulous creature that includes all dollars spent on city turf. In terms of fiscal impact – actual city tax dollars lost – the three-week total was likely closer to $1 million, according to the comptroller’s office.”

A letter to the editor will be forthcoming. Then we can see if New York mag is as diligent about corrections as some other news outlets are.

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