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Recession Index

A numeric summary of our troubled times.


New York City home foreclosures
OCTOBER 2007: 224
OCTOBER 2008: 336

Time after which late-working Goldman Sachs employees may take a Town Car home from the office
OCTOBER 1: 9 p.m.
NOVEMBER 1: 10 p.m.

Average sale price, in millions, for a home in the Hamptons
Q3 2007 : $2.01
Q3 2007: $1.54

Lunchtime cost of a New York steak at Michael’s
OCTOBER 1: $55

Corporate holiday parties at the Metropolitan Pavilion
2007: 20
2008, BOOKED: 11

Total Broadway attendance
WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 4, 2007: 236,084
WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 2, 2008: 203,504

Total financial-industry bonuses paid, in billions
2007: $39.1
2008, PROJECTED: $23

Approximate number of cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon ($3 each, the cheapest drink) sold at Max Fish in a week
JULY 2008: 480
OCTOBER 2008: 960

Compiled by Lionel Beehner and Mark Byrne

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