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COVID-19 Impact

Published on: March 13, 2020 at 9:19 pm

Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Last updated May 17 at 5:30 pm EDT

Our independent local businesses mean the world to us. Please help us get the word out about reopening guidelines(!) resources and programs to help sole proprietors, small businesses and their employees get through this unprecedented challenge. Thanks for all you do.

Help us help small businesses!

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

PAUSE Restrictions:

Our essential local business are our heroes: keeping us supplied and fed, feeding the frontlines, filling our prescriptions and notarizing our documents. 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 work to find a way forward.

Restaurants / Bars:

ONLY takeout / delivery orders are permitted from restaurants and bars that serve food. Please order directly if possible! THANK YOU to those who are operating responsibly, or remain closed and are forgoing needed income for the greater good. Please remember that Sidewalk Consumption is in violation of State Liquor Authority policy, Department of Health regulations, and social distancing regulations.

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:

Community groups are working on ways to permit open spaces when it’s safe to do so. Meanwhile, please yield the sidewalks to your neighbors!

Retail, Construction, Personal Services, Entertainment:

We’re still on PAUSE New York: only essential businesses’ staff may go into work. 100% of nonessential businesses’ staff must stay at home. Not sure of your status? See also FAQs.

ONLY essential or emergency construction is permitted (one employee / worker per site is exempt from this restriction).

Non-essential shop owners may work from their shops to fulfill orders, provided only one employee is in the store at a time. No customers are permitted inside. SBS suggests posting a sign to inform customers, neighbors and enforcement officials.

Reopening Guidelines Phase One (start date TBD): Construction, manufacturing and non-essential retail will reopen under industry-specific guidelines. Non-essential retail will look very much like it does now, with shipping and curbside pickup permitted: the main difference is that more than one employee will be permitted inside the store once a safe-operation plan is in place.

All personal care services: barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services, etc. remain closed. Purchase a gift certificate to help keep your favorite salon afloat! Personal care artists: please check in with your licensing organizations for the latest updates and take trainings to help you prepare.

All nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, concert venues and gyms are 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:

For assistance with commercial lease matters, contact Cooper Square Committee. There is a moratorium on eviction proceedings and pending orders. 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, PPP funds are flowing and EIDL loan offers are starting to trickle in. Sadly, there are many scams afoot: please exercise reasonable caution with your inbox.

Reach out NOW for one-on-one assistance in navigating the process, deciding next steps, or giving your offer the smell test:

The initial funding for the bank-administered Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been replenished as of April 27. If you already applied, your lender should be in touch with you. Businesses can review Fundera’s regularly-updated list of providers and helpful links to find a lender, or contact your point-of-purchase provider.

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.

SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 (including EIDL Advances). 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.

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!

Published on: April 30, 2019 at 5:05 pm

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

Published on: April 19, 2018 at 5:14 pm

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

Published on: April 3, 2018 at 5:03 pm

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

Published on: February 13, 2018 at 4:51 pm

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

Published on: December 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

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 2018 Get Local Guide

Published on: December 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm

GetLocal2018_final_frontpage_small  The 2018 Get Local Guide has arrived!

    Email or call 212-979-2344 to get yours,

    or try our online version

Old P.S. 64 CHARAS / El Bohio News

Published on: October 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

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

Published on: October 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm

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