COVID-19 Impact

Resources for Small Businesses and Residents

Last updated March 14 at 9:00 pm EDT

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Latest Guidelines

Restaurants & Bars, Fitness and Entertainment:

NYC has discontinued the Key to NYC vaccination requirement as of March 7. Individual businesses have the right to require proof of vaccination.

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.

Workers’ Rights:

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


Outdoor Dining

The announcement that Outdoor Dining will be permanent has caused considerable confusion.

NYC restaurants are not allowed to use propane heaters to warm their outdoor dining spaces, due to concerns about fire safety and sustainability.

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

Enlargements that are attached to a building require a DOB permit, as does tapping into the building’s electric or gas systems.

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 an outdoor dining complaint and/or filing a STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY online complaint form.


Continuing Guidelines:

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:

The eviction moratorium has expired, but there’s still time to get help! 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 Fundera.com 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!


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

#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

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

            

It’s Time To Reserve Your Spot In The 2015 Get Local! Guide

OUR NOT-FOR-PROFIT GUIDE PROMOTES LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS

  • We list 500+ businesses located in the East Village for free.

  • We educate consumers by encouraging them to shop locally instead of in chains and franchises,  and to use local community services.

The 9th Edition of the Get Local! Guide hits the East Village this Fall!

  • We print 10,000 copies.

  • We will distribute the Get Local! Guide from October through Summer 2016.

  • The guide will be placed in East Village & LES stores, cafés, hotels and restaurants.

  • It will be printed on eco-friendly paper & full-color soy-based inks.

Contributors will benefit from:

  • Enhanced listing features that identify sponsors.

  • Priority participation in the launch of a Get Local! Digital Guide!

Click here to see full ad sheet rates and submit your application.

 

7/14: #EastVillageLoves Launch Party

A very special launch of our #EastVillageLoves campaign, designed to encourage locals and tourists alike to shop small, independent businesses, particularly those affected by the March explosion on the corner of 2nd Ave. and 7th St.

Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th St (2nd & 3rd Ave)
Tuesday, July 14, 7-9PM
Neighbors. Networking. Support for locals, by locals.

First round of drinks is free!*

*ID will be required for those who wish to be served alcohol.

RSVP

 

About East Village Tuesdays The East Village Tuesdays meetup series is designed to bring together residents of the East Village in the hope that socializing, sharing and supporting one another will lead to a stronger, more informed community. Our East Village Tuesdays series is presented by the East Village Community Coalition’s Host Committee, dedicated to creating enjoyable and informative events throughout the community on behalf of the EVCC.