COVID-19 Impact

Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Last updated July 6 at 8:00 am EDT

Help us help small businesses!

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

NY Forward Reopening 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 as we find our way forward.

Restaurants / Bars:

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

Our restaurants are open for OUTDOOR DINING. Here’s the latest information on no-fee self-certification for outdoor seating: sidewalk cafes and parking lanes where permitted. Outdoor seating cannot exceed business frontage and is subject to other restrictions (bike lanes, bus stops, crosswalks, etc.).

According to the most recent Executive Order, 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
  • following all existing rules, regulations and laws

Businesses that cannot follow these guidelines must stop selling alcohol until they can. Violations could result in having a license suspended or revoked, with fines up to $10,000 per violation. Patrons can also be fined for breaking open container and social distancing rules.

STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY Guidance:

  • Alcoholic beverage sold for off-premises consumption may be sold in any closed or any sealed original container.  Provided that:
    • The sale of each container shall be accompanied by the purchase of food;
    • Sales should be consistent with municipal open container ordinances.
  • SLA complaint line: 518-474-3114 extension 2 or Enforcement@sla.ny.gov

DOHMH (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) Guidance:

Construction, Retail, Personal Services, Entertainment:

NYC enters Phase Three on Monday, July 6!

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

Retail merchants: fill in your safe-operation plans and keep them onsite. You have the right to vend on the sidewalks within 3 feet of your shop, provided the display does not exceed 5 feet and the merchandise mirrors what you sell inside. Please let us know if you have questions.

Retail customers please note: many local shops are starting out with reduced hours. Please call ahead or check your favorites’ Instagram accounts, and respect the shops rules for using PPE and occupancy. Online ordering and curbside pickup are still available!

Personal Care: Some local acupuncturists and dentists have reopened by appointment. All are operating under stringent guidelines. Check with your provider.

Licensed Hair Care artists: be sure to fill your safe-operation plans and keep them onsite. Boost consumer confidence with industry-specific training. Hair Care customers please note: many salons are working by appointment only, with limited accommodations for walk-ins.

Other personal care services: tattoo and piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services, etc. may now open. Be sure to fill your safe-operation plans and keep them onsite. Interested in best practices?

All nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, concert venues and gyms remain closed. 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.

Legal Assistance:

The moratorium on pending eviction proceedings and orders has been extended until August 20. 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:

Many of our local merchants applied for these programs very early on. Some have now received nominal funding from the EIDL and EIDL loan offers are trickling in. Sadly, there are many scams afoot: please exercise reasonable caution with your inbox.

The PPP program has been extended til August 8! If you’ve kept your staff on payroll and have not yet applied, please contact us to connect with a local lender who can guide you through the process, or contact local non-profit lender Fundera directly. New less-restrictive PPP loan forgiveness requirements may help you take advantage of this program.

SBA is now ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 (including forgivable EIDL Advances.) No one want to take on debt right now, 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!

NOTE: Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 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, deciding next steps, and evaluating your offer:

Many small business owners who wouldn’t normally qualify for unemployment may benefit from the Pandemic Unemployment Program (PUA).

We urge merchants to express interest in or apply for any programs for which you think you may qualify. Your applications not only put you in line for additional funding when it’s appropriated, they also serve to demonstrate need.

Comptroller Stringer’s office has compiled a list of private grants and resources.

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.

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

  • NYC 0% Interest Loan Pre-application surveys remain open (for businesses with 1 – 99 employees).
  • The NYC Payroll Support Grant program (for eligible businesses and nonprofits with 1 – 4 employees) is no longer accepting applications.
  • Nightlife workers and businesses can check out the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation programs.
  • Licensed beauty industry professionals can apply for a one-time $500 grant from the Professional Beauty Association.

Helpful Information:

Post NYC: Stop the Spread of Coronavirus and “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!

Register for our Jane’s Walks May 4 & 5!

Saving History: Community Advocacy in the East Village

11AM SAT MAY 4 

1PM SUN MAY 5

We’ll tour locations around Tompkins Square Park where community advocacy has changed the course of history, highlighting both landmarked buildings and others whose futures are currently being decided.
We’ll finish by looking at the independent retail shops of East 9th Street!

Join longtime resident / community advocate Laura Sewell and newcomer / architecture historian Ariana E. Kalliga as we explore what keeps our neighborhood unique and how we can continue its legacy.


10th Street Historic District photo courtesy of Village Preservation 

Small Business News! CB 3 Meeting WED 4/25

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.

Please Comment On LPC Rules Changes, Update On Keep The Cap

Please comment on LPC Rules Changes!

There is still time to comment on LPC rules changes.
Public notice and the opportunity to comment are essential to good government.
Sign on to GVSHP’s letter today! 

Neighbors, elected officials, Community Boards and preservationists turned out in force to voice concerns about the proposed set of changes to Landmarks Preservation Commission rules.

With no public notice of applications or decisions made, and no opportunity to review or challenge applications, these will be presented as facts to LPC Staff, who are pressed to operate beyond capacity by the sheer volume of applications in today’s fast-paced market. Much to neighbors’ dismay, distressed historic family homes are being bought up and renovated for quick profit.

Rear yard and rooftop additions are of particular concern. Our shared courtyards were designed to bring light and air into our apartments. The trend toward converting this essential space into rooftop decks and rear balconies, to be used by a few, negatively impacts everyone else’s quality of life. Preservation is not just about how buildings look from the street: it’s about how buildings function, and what they were designed to do. Decisions that affect the public should include public input!

Read the Historic District Council’s comprehensive comments and testimony here. 

Read CB 3 Executive Committee’s resolution here.
Hear continued discussion at CB 3 Landmarks Committee meeting
Tuesday April 10 6:30p 

 

New York State Budget Keeps the Height Cap

For the second time in two years, the State legislature sought to lift a half-century old limit on the size of residential buildings.

STATE SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN  issued a statement on the dangerous proposal to ELIMINATE HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK CITY:

“I am outraged that Senate Republicans proposed needlessly eliminating height restrictions by repealing the maximum Floor Area Ratio for residential buildings in New York City . . . This repeal would be one of the most dramatic changes in zoning law in the past 50 years, and it is unconscionable to try and push it through with no debate. I opposed this last year and will continue to fight tooth and nail to prevent this irresponsible proposal from becoming a reality.”

The NYS budget that passed last week will keep our height restrictions in place for now, but these ideas have a tendency to resurface when an opportunity appears. We will remain vigilant.

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

#VivaEastVillage
@evimanyc

For extra xoxo’s 

Sign GVSHP’s petition in support of the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA):
https://secure2.convio.net/gvshp/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=131 
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

Old P.S. 64 CHARAS / El Bohio News

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Town Hall, October 12, 2017:

I understand now that there’s been, for over a decade-and-a-half, a controversy and a problem over the CHARAS building, and that the decision made a long time ago by the Giuliani administration was a mistake.
For the Giuliani administration to put that building into private hands failed miserably, and we’ve seen the negative effect that that has had on the community.
So I’m announcing tonight, the City’s interest in reacquiring that building.
We are ready to right the wrongs of the past, and we will work with Council Member Mendez and her successor to get that done.

A thrill went through the Town Hall crowd that heard these words, and nothing can diminish the value of the Mayor’s public recognition of the truth.

The East Village Community Coalition looks forward to working with the Mayor’s office, Council Member Mendez and her successor, Community Board 3, CHARAS, GVSHP, our coalition partners and our neighbors to see this cherished landmark returned to true community use.

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Old P.S. 64 CHARAS / El Bohio News

Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Town Hall, October 12, 2017:

I understand now that there’s been, for over a decade-and-a-half, a controversy and a problem over the CHARAS building, and that the decision made a long time ago by the Giuliani administration was a mistake.
For the Giuliani administration to put that building into private hands failed miserably, and we’ve seen the negative effect that that has had on the community.
So I’m announcing tonight, the City’s interest in reacquiring that building. 
We are ready to right the wrongs of the past, and we will work with Council Member Mendez and her successor to get that done.

A thrill went through the Town Hall crowd that heard these words, and nothing can diminish the value of the Mayor’s public recognition of the truth.

The East Village Community Coalition looks forward to working with the Mayor’s office, Council Member Mendez and her successor, Community Board 3, CHARAS, GVSHP, our coalition partners and our neighbors to see this cherished landmark returned to true community use.OldPS64_BdB_words

 

 

432 E. 14th St – Update: Developer Withdraws Revised Plan

432 E. 14th Victory

Developer Withdraws Revised Plan!

Today the developers of 432 E.14th Street, withdrew their revised application. After strong community opposition, the BSA rejected the initial application was for variance to build 50% (four floors) higher than our zoning allows. The revised application still requested an additional floor, but with your support
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Left: Former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office. Center: Height allowed (8 stories). Right: Height requested 12 stories).

Compare the heights above. Compliance is 8 stories. Proposed is 12. Like the EVCC, our colleagues in preservation, ommunity Board 3, and many residents, we believe you will agree that this building is oversized and way out of scale. We worked hard to get  special zoning put in place — to prevent exactly this. We need your voice. Tell the BSA we stand behind our zoning.


Testify at the BSA Hearing on January 24th
BSA hearing room, 22 Reade Street, Spector Hall at 1pm

We believe the developers claims “hardship” because of “unique circumstances” are bogus. Do not let them get away with cramming an oversized building into a space where it doesn’t belong just because it is on 14th Street. The back of the building goes through to 13th Street and will be very visible, have widespread effects and sets a bad precedent. We must stand up to this encroachment and uphold our zoning.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • EMAIL THE BOARD OF STANDARDS AND APPEALS via this form. URGE THEM TO REJECT THE VARIANCE!
  • TESTIFY AT THE BSA HEARING – January 24th at 1pm – BSA hearing room, 22 Reade Street, Spector Hall.
  • FORWARD BY EMAIL or PRINT OUT  this flyer and post it in your lobby or community center, distribute to friends, neighbors, local businesses.