Community Alerts

Community Alerts 7.13.22

Jul 13, 2022
Community Alerts 7.13.22
COVID-19 Community Level - HIGH
According to the CDC, the current COVID-19 community level in New York City is HIGH. The CDC recommends masking indoors in public, as well as staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Be sure to get tested if you are experiencing symptoms. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. Find out more about the COVID-19 situation in New York City with the COVID-19 Data Tracker.
Hate Crimes Webinar: Thursday, July 14
Join DA Bragg as he hosts hate crimes specialists from six different law enforcement agencies on Thursday, July 14th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm for an online panel discussion titled, “Combating Hate Crimes & Supporting Survivors.” This webinar will discuss the ways in which law enforcement agencies coordinate on hate crimes and each agency’s relevant purview. Click here to register.
Street Fair: Sunday, July 17
The annual multi-block street fair sponsored by Project Open at Lincoln Towers, and produced by Clearview Events, will take place on Sunday, July 17th. The event will begin at 10am, though set-up may begin as early as 8am and will conclude by 6pm. The fair will take place on the west side of Broadway between 65th Street and 72nd Street. This stretch of Broadway will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the event. 
Harvard Business School Club of New York Offering Free Business Consulting Service
The Harvard Business School Club of New York's Small Business Partnership Initiative provides free 1-on-1 coaching for small businesses. To take advantage of this program, complete the registration form by clicking here.
Updated Required Signs for Restaurants and Bars 
The NYC Hospitality Alliance and NYC Department of Small Business Services Food & Beverage Industry Partnership have worked in tandem to bring operators an updated required signs checklist for restaurants and bars. The checklist may be accessed by clicking here. More signs may be required for your business and you may visit NYC Small Business Services for more information.
Nominations for the Small Business Advisory Commission are Now Open!
The NYC Department of Small Business Services has opened nominations for the Small Business Advisory Commission. The Commission will help cut the red tape for small businesses to ensure a truly equitable recovery. Click here to nominate a small business owner today.
Fresh Food for Seniors and Free Summer Meals for Kids
Thanks to Council Member Gale Brewer for the information: Here's the info on how seniors can get $10 bags of locally grown fresh produce. The Summer Meals Program is available throughout New York City to anyone 18 years old and under for free breakfast and lunch. Find out more details here.
Beat the Heat this Summer
Click here for information on cooling centers and tips for staying cool from the NYC Office of Emergency Management.
New Childcare Tax Credits for Business and Property Owners 
To help NYC invest in an accessible, equitable, and high-quality childcare system, Mayor Adams championed two new tax relief opportunities to increase childcare seats. The first is a new property tax abatement for property owners who retrofit space to accommodate childcare centers. Property owners who create a childcare center or increase the number of seats at an existing childcare center may be eligible for a property tax abatement covering up to $225,000 of construction costs. The second opportunity is a new NYC business income tax credit for businesses that provide free or subsidized infant/toddler care for their employees. The NYC Department of Small Business Services will be distributing more information about both opportunities in the coming weeks.