New York, NY—New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently issued a report that as many as half of New York City’s restaurants could close indefinitely over the next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. On top of that, recent surveys indicate that the city may lose one-third of its small businesses. The five candidates running to be the next Manhattan Borough President explained recently during a debate their ideas and solutions to prop up small business during the pandemic.

N.Y. State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) first said that the statistic of one out of three small businesses never returning is so alarming that it’ll require government to jump start the city’s brick-and-mortar businesses.

That’s why he’s introduced a bill with Assembly Member Harvey Epstein (D-Manhattan) that would allow small businesses that have suffered demonstrable loss in income resulting from state mandated closures or state-imposed restrictions to receive support.

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Since opening her coffee and chocolate shop, Harvest Moon, in Tarentum earlier this year, Desiree Singleton has heard from people who can’t get there before she closes at 4 p.m.

She’ll be among a group of borough business owners hoping to draw shoppers into town in the evenings by staying open later on one Thursday each month. The first “Night Market” will be held on Sept. 17, with participating businesses staying open until 8 p.m.

The plan is for it to be held on the third Thursday of each month with the exception of December. Because of Christmas, it will be held on the second Thursday, Dec. 10.

In addition to staying open later, Singleton said she’ll have a musician playing outside her Corbet Street storefront.


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