What’s Open East Village

A group of volunteers in the East Village updates this neighborhood-wide database of open businesses to help sustain our local economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please use the map below to find and support East Village businesses!

Add your business to the list!

The East Village Community Coalition (EVCC), East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA), and EV Grieve contribute to this dataset of open businesses.

If you are a business owner and want to get in touch with us please email info@evccnyc.org.

COVID-19 Impact

Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Last updated March 02 at 8:30 pm EST

Help us help small businesses!

Is your East Village business open or fulfilling orders online? Fill out this form to get on the map or update your hours!

NY Forward Guidelines:

Our essential local business are our heroes. We have suffered devastating losses: a beloved pharmacist, restaurant workers, essential workers and family members. Let’s keep this foremost in our minds and exercise caution as we find our way forward.

Restaurants / Bars:

Please order takeout and delivery directly from restaurants if possible. Support establishments that are operating responsibly.

Restaurants are open for Outdoor Dining. Outdoor dining enclosures must be at least 50% open. Indoor Dining at 35% capacity resumes February 26.

The announcement that Outdoor Dining will be permanent has caused considerable confusion. Enlargements that are attached to a building require a DOB permit, as does tapping into the building’s electric or gas systems. Propane heaters require an FDNY permit, and fuel must be properly stored or removed from the premises.

Our local businesses may not be aware of all of these new rules. If you feel comfortable doing so, try sharing the guidance and FAQs with them before making a business reopening complaint.

Businesses selling or serving alcohol to be consumed at the business or elsewhere must ensure that everyone within 100 feet of their business is in compliance with open container, face-covering and social distancing rules, and following all existing rules, regulations and laws.

Businesses that cannot follow these guidelines must stop selling alcohol until they can. Violations have resulted in licenses being suspended and revoked, with fines up to $10,000 per violation.

STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY online complaint form

Construction, Retail, Personal Care:

Construction, manufacturing, retail and personal care providers remain open under industry-specific guidelines.

Retail merchants: can vend on the sidewalks within 3 feet of their shops as of right. Many offer online ordering and shipping or curbside pickup!

The Open Streets program has been extended to Open Storefronts. Dry goods businesses may expand to the sidewalks. Dry goods businesses located on Open Street: Restaurants blocks may expand to the curb lane during Open Street: Restaurants hours. Please reach out with any questions.

Licensed Hair Care: many salons are working by appointment only, with limited accommodations for walk-ins. Other personal care services: massage, tattoo and piercing, hair removal, nail salons, etc. are open. Stock up on supplies and tip generously!

Health Care: Local health care providers have reopened by appointment. All are operating under stringent guidelines.

Fitness: Gyms that have passed inspection are operating at 25% capacity. Indoor group fitness classes are not permitted under the current guidelines, but many personal fitness instructors offer virtual classes.


Movie theaters may reopen at 25% capacity on March 5. Independent movie houses may find reopening unfeasible under this constraint.

All nightclubs, small theater houses and concert venues remain closed. Many are streaming performances and classes. If you have the means, please keep your memberships current or ask for a donation receipt instead of a refund on tickets to help support your favorite venue.

Workers’ Rights:

For questions on reopening or to report employers that are not following guidelines, see multi-lingual information on workers’ rights or call the hotline: (212) 436-0381

Legal Assistance:

The moratorium on pending eviction proceedings and orders has been extended. Please note that the courts are operating with reduced capacity and have a backlog of cases. See these FAQs from the Commercial Lease Assistance Program.

Fill out this intake form to receive a free 45-minute consultation from the New York City Bar Association’s Small Business Remote Legal Clinic on loans & grants, contracts & force majeure clauses, employment law matters, real estate and commercial leasing issues, and insurance issues.

Financial Aid:

Sign up to receive the latest information from NYC Small Business Services

SBA is accepting new applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19. Few businesses are willing to take on debt at this time, but the loans are similar to a mortgage, with a low interest rate and a long repayment period. If access to capital is all that stands in your way, please check it out. SBA 24/7 hotline: (800) 659-2955.

Another option is the New York Forward loan program.

Reach out NOW for one-on-one assistance in reviewing your options, evaluating your offer, deciding next steps or navigating grants:

Renaissance Economic Development Corporation has extensive small business lending expertise, including their own program targeted for our neighborhood, with interest forms in English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

Nonprofit Online Lender Fundera.com has a wealth of information to help bring you up to speed.

Helpful Information:

Post “What You Need to Know”

Review the NYC Coronavirus Fact Sheet for Business Owners, FAQs and Safety Guidelines for Restaurant Service (where not overruled by mandated closures).

Price gouging for goods or services needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 is illegal. Examples include:

  • Cleaning products
  • Diagnostic products and services
  • Disinfectants (wipes, liquids, sprays)
  • Face masks
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medicines
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soap
  • Tissues

HelpMainStreet.com provides gift cards to local businesses. 100% of proceeds go directly to the business!

We’re here for our local businesses in this difficult time. Please let us know how we can help you: info@evccnyc.org.

Please check back with this page for updates and sign up for our email list!

Small Business News! CB 3 Meeting WED APR 25

Join us to hear Cooper Square Committee’s information on the Commercial Lease Assistance Program and the City Council’s Planning for Retail Diversity Report

CB 3 Economic Development Committee
6:30 pm WED 4/25
University Settlement
Houston Street Center 473 Bowery

Despite the changes we see every day, our neighborhood is still a very special place!

Please help preserve what we have.

The City Council’s report expresses support for initiatives for which we have long advocated, and references EVCC’s

Preserving Local, Independent Retail: 
Recommendations for Formula Retail Zoning in the East Village

Several urban planning advocates have expressed strong support for implementing some form of formula retail use restrictions in New York City. 

At a joint hearing of the Committees on Small Business and Zoning and Franchises, the East Village Community Coalition presented its report“Preserving Local, Independent Retail: Recommendations for Formula Retail Zoning,” which calls for creation of a special permit for opening formula retail within an East Village Special Purpose District.

The report has the support of the Center for an Urban Future and the Greenwich Village Historical Society.

More Small Business Momentum

Mayor de Blasio announced he is “very interested in fighting for a vacancy fee or a vacancy tax that would penalize landlords who leave their storefronts vacant for long periods of time . . .” on WNYC as reported in The Post.

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez reintroduced the long pending Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA).
Council Members Rafael Espinal, Jr., Margaret Chin, Carlina Rivera, and Costa Constantinides are sponsors.
Help ensure these vital initiatives reach fruition as soon as possible and with all their strength intact.

Support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act:
send GVSHP’s letter today!

Thanks for all you do.

Love Our Local Merchants

What’s not to love?

EVCC’s 2018 Get Local Guide is full of lovely spots for:

  • beautiful blooms
  • ironic tees
  • sweet treats
  • thoughtful gifts
  • vintage pops of red

Spread the Love

Share your finds on Yelp and Instagram


For extra xoxo’s 

Sign GVSHP’s petition in support of the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA):
Thanks for all you do!

End-Of-Year Appeal 2017

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for your commitment to preserving the East Village.

My new role as Executive Director has taught me that the East Village Community Coalition is all about you: writing letters, making calls, attending events, staying informed, and shopping locally!
We invite you to keep in touch, share your thoughts on what’s important to you and how you’d like to help: Email us to pledge any amount of time in 2018.

Please help further our work in 2018 by making a year-end donation. Your support today helps us increase our impact throughout the coming year.
The East Village Community Coalition is a registered non-profit organization.
Make your fully tax-deductible contribution before the New Year!

Here’s a look at what EVCC accomplished this year:

PRODUCED The 11th Edition of the GET LOCAL GUIDE to East Village Shops and Services. Our independent merchants need your support. Please shop locally in 2018! Spread the word about your favorites on FaceBook, Yelp and Instagram.
COLLABORATED with Community Board 3 and Council Member Rosie Mendez’ office to support the Mayor’s interest in returning CHARAS/ El Bohio / Old P.S. 64 to the community.
WORKED with preservation groups and neighbors
to further zoning protections for 3rd & 4th Avenues and a Special District for the East Village, defended height restrictions for 432 E 14th St, and encouraged registry or landmarking of several unique East Village buildings.
COLLABORATED with Community Board 3 and local Block Associations to maintain balance between nightlife establishments and daytime retail that supports the needs of local residents.

What you can do now:

  • DONATE to EVCC today! by check, PayPal, Network for Good
  • FUN TIP: Use EVCC’s Get Local Guide to find perfect last-minute gifts right in the neighborhood! Thanks so much for your support. Look forward to working with you in 2018!

    Best Wishes,

    Laura Sewell 
    Executive Director

The 2017 Get Local Guide

getlocal2017_cover      The 2017 Get Local! Guide has arrived.

      Email or call 212-979-2344

      to schedule a delivery or pick up.

End of 2015 Gratitude and Appeal from EVCC


Support EVCC in 2016

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Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for your support in preserving the East Village!  

2015 tested our neighborhood on many fronts. You stood firm with us, again, to protect our unique buildings and local businesses from disaster and developers. We are grateful for your courage and commitment and your many individual actions — writing letters, making calls, attending events, staying informed, and giving time and resources.

We ask you to continue this important work with us into 2016 by making a year-end donation. Your support today helps us increase our impact to preserve the built and cultural character of the East Village. Consider including community activism in your resolutions! Email or tweet us to pledge an hour or more of your time in 2016.

Make your fully tax-deductible contributionbefore the new year!

Here’s just some of what EVCC accomplished this year:

  • PRODUCED The 9th Edition of the GET LOCAL! GUIDE to East Village Shops, a vital tool that educates our neighbors about the importance of supporting local merchants.
  • ORGANIZED the second Annual Holiday Shopping event to showcase a dozen and a half East Village stores with one-day to month-long promotions — perfect gifts right in the neighborhood.
  • ENABLED the East Village Independent Merchants Association to create the East Village Loves Campaign to promote small, independent businesses.
  • WORKED with preservation groups and neighbors to protect and celebrate important local landmarks and to recognize East Village cultural sites.
  • COLLABORATED with the Community Board 3 and local Block Associations to strike a balance between nightlife establishments and daytime retail that supports the needs of local residents.
  • FILED an official Appeal to issue a stop work order for unpermitted work on CHARAS/ El Bohio PS 64.
  • ACTED to halt or reverse illegal construction and overbuilding in several East Village locations.
  • SPONSORED the LES Pee Wee League, a fee-free baseball program for local youth ages 4-16.

What you can do now:

  • OPPOSE ZQA by testifying at the City Planning Commission public hearing on Wednesday, 12/16 starting at 9 am at the Museum of the American Indian, Broadway and Bowling Green near Battery Park.
  • FUN TIP: Use EVCC’s  Get Local! Guide and find the perfect last-minute gifts right in the neighborhood!

Your support helps us advocate for historic preservation, retail protections, street safety, and local businesses in 2015.  Give today!

Best Wishes,

Carol Crump

Acting Managing Director