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Section II: Being on the Job
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In 1996, for the second consecutive winter, the holiday season came to New York City without snow. In the towers above Rockefeller Center, men and women who were engaged in international transactions and the coordination of global production could look down on sidewalks packed with tourists glimpsing the ice skaters and the famous Christmas tree. The sidewalks throughout midtown were so congested that it took five minutes to make one’s way the length of a city block. There on the streets of the influential Fifth Avenue Association and Grand Central Partnership Business Improvement District, no vendors, panhandlers, or unhoused people could be seen.