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Recession Index

Unemployment is up, your 401(k) is down. A numeric summary of our troubled times.

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Average Rent for Studio Apartment in a Murray Hill Doorman Building
OCTOBER 2007: $2,751
OCTOBER 2008: $2,552

Average Daily Late-Night Subway Ridership, Midnight to 6 a.m.
SEPTEMBER 2007: 161,700
SEPTEMBER 2008: 168,100

Pets Placed in Foster Homes Through Safety Net Program for Strapped Pet-Owners
OCTOBER 2007: 80
OCTOBER 2008: 124

Number of Manhattan Building Permits Issued
SEPTEMBER 2007: 23
SEPTEMBER 2008: 3

Average Number of People Spending $2,000 or More Per Night at Marquee
JUNE 2008: 10
OCTOBER 2008: 5

Cost of a Standard Room at Glassy New Cooper Square Hotel
Announced, Last Year: $425
Actual, Next Month: $275

Average Daily Lunchtime Orders of White Truffles Sold at The Four Seasons
OCTOBER 2007: 15
OCTOBER 2008: 5

Attendance at Sunday 7 p.m. Class at Yoga to the People, with Suggested Donation of $10
THREE MONTHS AGO: 100
LAST WEEK: 300+

Compiled by Lionel Beehner and Sarah Stodola

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