NYC Love Your Local

Rally Round, Roosevelt Islanders - Let's Help Local Businesses

Updated 27 weeks ago David Stone
Main Street today. We can do better.
Main Street today. We can do better.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

We talk about our local businesses, the ones we lost and those still hanging in there with all they've got. Here's a real opportunity to do something to help. It only requires a few minutes of your time.

Mayor Bill de Blasio throws in the money. You add the enthusiasm.

On Tuesday, de Blasio and the Department of Small Business Services announced "Love Your Local," an initiative to help small businesses that's the kind of thing you'd wish we had when Main Street Sweets struggled to survive. We have a tangible opportunity to help the others who still serve our community.

In a two-pronged effort "to celebrate and promote the diverse, independent, small businesses that enrich neighborhoods across New York City," the city invests $1.8 million in "grant funding and expert advice to help them better meet competitive pressure."

Step one begins with you.

A website has been created: NYC Love Your Local. When you visit the page, you'll find a link to the map where you can list any and all local businesses you love and tell the world why. This gives them a boost of free publicity and adds them to a map of all five boroughs.

Let's clog that map by nominating every one of our local businesses for a grant (Chains, like Starbucks, Subway, Amalgamated and Duane Reade, are not eligible.)

If you're a business owner, there's more. You can apply for a grant directly from this webpage. Look for a link in the upper right corner, answer some questions about your business and get in mix, right away.

“New York City thrives on the energy, culture and diversity of small businesses,” is how de Blasio summarized the program's value statement. “The NYC Love Your Local program gives New Yorkers a chance to support their favorite businesses by bringing the local establishments they love into the limelight and giving them the chance to cultivate business through a nomination to win a $1.8 million grant.”

So, what are you waiting for? Now through April, go to https://loveyourlocal.cityofnewyork.us/ and get your favorite Roosevelt Island business on the map. Telling the world why they're great costs you nothing, and it's loaded with rewards.

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