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Supporting Local Businesses This Holiday Season

There is nothing typical about the 2020 holiday season. Celebrations have been curtailed, guest lists have been tightened, and shopping options have been limited. New Yorkers, however, ever resilient and resourceful, are finding ways to keep the holiday spirit alive and support local entrepreneurs and businesses in the process.

Primarily organized on social media, these neighborhood holiday fares and markets are highlighting local shop owners, artists, and crafters.  Here are just a few we’ve seen:

Red Hook, Brooklyn

Over the weekend of December 5-6th, the first community-run holiday market was held in Red Hook. The Red Hook Business Alliance planned the event and said that the community came out to show their overwhelming support for local businesses. Pioneer Works, a trendy gallery and arts venue, was transformed into an enticing holiday bazaar, selling everything from protective face masks to homemade holiday treats and serving platters made from recycled materials. Luquana McGriff, the owner of A Cake Baked in Brooklyn, said the fare was a great way to introduce her business and baked goods to new patrons.

Social distancing was strictly enforced; a few local musicians performed street concerts for those waiting to get in.

The Rockaways, Queens

A random shout out on the Friends of Rockaway Beach Facebook Group in early November has turned into a very helpful holiday resource for buyers and sellers. Over 100 people sent in their suggestions for local vendors, generating an impressive community-based marketing effort.

Justin McKibben organized the Send Chinatown Love grass-roots movement to support businesses in the once buzzing area. The cadre of volunteers, all committed to helping Chinatown’s businesses and eateries survive the pandemic, engage in everything from marketing campaigns, fundraising efforts, to website building. Welcome to Chinatown uses social media to relay the stories of Chinatown’s struggling shops and restaurants. Places like Eggloo, selling waffles and pancake mixes, and Jing Fong, with famous dim sum, have seen their business stabilize as a result of these efforts.

New York Museums Reopening With Collaborative Healing Projects

New York Museums Reopening With Collaborative Healing Projects

New Yorkers are starting to go out more. As city dwellers begin to come out of lockdown, they are also looking for ways to process all that has happened over the last few months. Individually and collectively, New York is trying to internalize and address the lives, communities, finances, and stability lost since the outbreak… Continue Reading

Robots are Having their Shining (and Cleaning) Moment

Robots are Having their Shining (and Cleaning) Moment

The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the need for heightened cleaning and hygiene practices in office buildings. Practically overnight, the need for comprehensive, reliable, and regular cleaning became a primary focus. Robots are emerging as cost-effective solutions to the challenge of properly and regularly washing and disinfecting large public areas. Neo, for example, a four-foot-tall, 1,000-pound… Continue Reading

Jayme Albin Helps You Plan a Gradual Return to Normal for Kids

Jayme Albin Helps You Plan a Gradual Return to Normal for Kids

New York and many other states have lifted the strict lockdown restrictions. After spending months “trapped” indoors, many families are trying to figure out how to transition out of quarantine and resume a new normal in the shadows of the coronavirus. Author, psychologist, and therapist, Dr. Jayme Albin, offers advice on helping kids face these… Continue Reading

New York Offers Grants for Business to Corona Comply

New York Offers Grants for Business to Corona Comply

Corona has forced changes in every part of life. Stores are not the same place we were used to just a few months ago. There are less people walking around, plastic partitions at checkout, customers and clerks wearing face masks, and many more disinfecting stations. These modifications are costly and many businesses, already strapped after… Continue Reading

Budgeting in a Crisis: Dos and Don’ts

Budgeting in a Crisis: Dos and Don’ts

It may seem strange to suggest a budget overhaul at a time of so much uncertainty. But that is exactly when these kinds of changes can be most beneficial and impactful. In general, many regular expenses have ceased to be a concern during the corona pandemic. There are virtually no restaurant meals, mani-pedis, or gym… Continue Reading

Earth Day 2020 goes Digital

Earth Day 2020 goes Digital

Every year, on April 21 the world gathers to celebrate Earth Day. It is the day we are encouraged to think about the environment, consider the footprint we are leaving on this planet, and measures we can take to ensure global health. Earth Day 2020 was different, considering the novel coronavirus. Isolation regulations made it… Continue Reading

Bicycle Shops: A NYC Essential Business

While most of New York City’s businesses have ceased or slowed operations during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Mayor de Blasio designated bike shops as an essential business allowed to remain open. More people have taken up cycling as their transportation method of choice, rather than risk infection on subways and buses. For these commuters, cycling… Continue Reading

New York City’s Got Milk

New York City makeup brand, Milk Makeup is moving into its own location: 586 Broadway. Once sold only in Sephora shops, Urban Outfitters, Birchbox and online, now Milk Makeup’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free products will be available in the brand’s flagship store. Created by Milk Studios, Milk Makeup creates original, healthy products that redesign… Continue Reading