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COVID-19 Impact

Resources for Small Businesses and Residents

Last updated July 18 at 5:45 pm EDT

Latest Guidelines

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued an advisory urging all residents to use high-quality masks (such as KN95 and KF94 masks and N95 respirators) when indoors in a public setting: grocery stores, building lobbies, offices, shops, and other common or shared spaces where individuals may interact, such as restrooms, hallways and elevators. The advisory also applies to crowded outdoor settings.

The FDA has extended the expiration date on some at-home rapid Covid tests as knowledge evolves. You can find a list of expiration dates by brand name here. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a 3rd round of free at-home rapid Covid tests! Order yours today!

Continuing Guidelines

Restaurants & Bars, Fitness and Entertainment:

The Mayor’s office discontinued the Key to NYC vaccination requirement. Many workplaces have a vaccination requirement, and individual businesses have the right to require proof of vaccination from their patrons.

Workers’ Rights:

See multi-lingual information on workers’ rights or call the hotline: (212) 436-0381

Outdoor Dining and Drinks To-go:

There is considerable confusion around evolving guidelines for restaurants. Please patronize establishments that operate responsibly. Order takeout and delivery directly from restaurants if possible, or enjoy outdoor dining: enclosures should be at least 50% open.

Drinks to-go: Restaurants and bars that offer substantial food for takeout can now sell wine (by the glass only) and cocktails to accompany a food order. Restaurants and bars cannot sell bottles of wine or liquor to-go.

Amplified sound in sidewalk or roadway outdoor dining setups, while not uncommon, is not allowed under the Outdoor Dining program guidelines.

Outdoor speakers and abandoned outdoor dining structures can be reported to the DOT for inspection. The agency will issue a cure order and give the establishment time to comply.

Our local businesses may not be aware of all of these rules. If you feel comfortable doing so, try sharing the guidance and FAQs with them before making an outdoor dining complaint and/or filing a STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY online complaint form.

Retail merchants may 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.

Personal Care: many salons are working by appointment only, with limited accommodations for walk-ins. Please tip generously!

Health Care: Local health care providers are open by appointment and are operating under stringent guidelines. Please don’t put off routine care!

Legal Assistance:

If you’re behind on rent and being pressured with eviction, call or email Cooper Square Committee 212-228-8210 or GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side) 212-533-2541. Please leave a message if you reach a recording, they will respond.

Financial Aid for Small Businesses:

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

Phase One of the New York Forward loan fund has been exhausted, but expects more funds in the coming months. Please check back.

The SBA EIDL loan fund is closed. Call the SBA Hotline 800-827-5722 with questions about applications in progress. SBA continues to offer other funding options for small businesses including traditional SBA loans.

Nonprofit Online Lender also has a wealth of information and answers to FAQs.

FREE expert one-on-one assistance is available to help match businesses with targeted grant opportunities. Check with SBDC technical assistance at Pace, Baruch or Columbia to learn more!

Help us help small businesses!

Fill out this form to get your East Village business on the map or update your hours!

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

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.

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.


“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


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

Rally TODAY! 5:30pm 3rd Avenue & St Mark’s Place

Join GVSHPLESPICooper Square CommitteeEVCCBowery Alliance of Neighbors and others to save our neighborhood from becoming a glassy Silicon Alley!

A $150 million deal has been signed for a “boutique office building” to rise at 3rd Avenue and St. Mark’s Place.Multiple office buildings, hotels and high-rise condos are planned for this area, pushing out longtime residents and businesses.

The East Village Community Coalition strongly supports the rezoning
of 3rd and 4th Avenues. We call for timely community planning that is accountable to the people who live here, before it is too late.