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A Week In Brooklyn, NY, On A $60,000 Salary

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Today: a publicist who makes $60,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on rubber gloves.

Occupation: Publicist
Industry: Non-Profit
Age: 33
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Salary: $60,000
Net Worth: $25,174 ($42,954 in 401k/403b retirement and other savings minus debt)
Debt: $17,700 in student loans
Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,410
Pronouns: She/her

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $1,575
Gas: $20
Electric: $45
Internet: $55
Student Loans: $194 (on pause due to COVID-19)
Netflix/Spotify (includes Hulu): $18.98
Cell Phone: $70

Was there an expectation for

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  • October 5, 2020
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New Yorkers vote in special contest to reimagine famous Brooklyn Bridge

<span>Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP</span>
Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted much of New York City’s normal rhythms of travel, with many people now hopping on to bicycles rather than the subway. A design competition could now solidify these changes by offering up a revamped version of the famous Brooklyn Bridge.

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The public will be able to vote online over the next week for one of six finalist designs chosen for the bridge, which opened in 1883 to connect Brooklyn and Manhattan and has since become a popular magnet for tourists as well as vital route for commuters.

The New York city council launched the design competition earlier this year, along with the non-profit architectural organization Van Alen, amid concerns the bridge was becoming overcrowded and cumbersome for users.

An average of 16,500 pedestrians crossed the bridge each day last

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