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Join Us:  Emergency Relief Forum for Small Businesses Co-Sponsored by Chinatown BID


When/Where - Friday November 9, 2 - 4pm @ CCBA, 62 Mott Street

What - Join elected officials such as 
Congresswoman Velazquez, Speaker Silver, Senator Squadron, Council Member Chin, with Chinatown BID, all 3 community boards and Chinese Chambers of Commerce in a forum to learn about relief available to small businesses in Chinatown.
The forum, also co-sponsored by the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services will have the U.S. Small Business Administration, NYC Business Solutions, and the Small Business Development Center provide important information regarding these processes.  You will learn about FEMA relief and emergency loan assistance - long and short term assistance.
RSVP not required.

Quick Links & Latest Information

Mayor Updates New Yorkers on City Response to Hurricane Sandy.  Watch the Nov 6th Video HERE.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is accepting financial donations from organizations and individuals to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

School Information
To find out the latest information on status of schools affected by Hurricane Sandy please visit this the NYC Dept. of Education website HERE.

Damage from Sandy
In order to qualify for disaster relief assistance, New York City must estimate the storm's total effect on city residents and employees. Be prepared to answer questions about the extent of your property's damage. You may call 311 to report downed trees. Or



MTA Service Advisory & Summary






Additional subway service has been added in Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, and Southern Brooklyn yesterday, improving travel options for customers as repair work following Hurricane Sandy continues. For more info please visit the MTA website HERE.




Other Important Information


 Any food - including packaged food - that was touched by flood water should be thrown away. The flood water may contain sewage or other contamination.


Other items that have been touched by flood water should be cleaned and disinfected. This should be done as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.

Tap water is safe to drink, except for Breezy Point.


Do not use generators or grills indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious threat when these devices are used indoors. They should only be used outside and kept away from windows and vents.


Everyone should have and use battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms. They should test the batteries if possible.


If someone experiences sleepiness, dizziness, headaches, confusion, weakness or the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, they should immediately seek fresh air and call the poison control center at 212-POISONS (212-764-7667.) They can also call 911, since poisoning is life threatening.


Important guides on carbon monoxide poisoning and food safety can be found at




Support Chinatown businesses, shop and eat locally, enjoy the food!

Breakfast at a Chinese bakery (available in bakeries throughout Chinatown).

Roast pork & chicken on rice, JJ Noodle Restaurant, 19 Henry St
Vietnamese Shrimp & Vegetable Spring Rolls from, Thaison, 89 Baxter St
Curry combo rice, chicken & beef brisket @ New Malaysia Restaurant, between 14 Elizabeth St and 46 Bowery
  It is always a good time to treat yourself to one of the "finest ice creams" in the world, @ the Chinatown Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Shop, 53 Mott Street
National Weather Service Warning
The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for 2 PM today, 11/7 through 4 AM Thursday, 11/8. Cold weather, rain and high wind gusts are expected. All NYC parks and beaches will be closed from 12 PM tomorrow, 11/7 until 12 PM Thursday, 11/8. 
The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning for NYC during the high tide cycles Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. For the most up to date NYC area weather forecasts, visit If you live in a low-lying or a flood prone area, an area already impacted by the recent hurricane, or have concerns about flooding, consider staying with friends or family outside affected areas or in a NYC evacuation shelter. 
Shelters in NYC are currently open. Locate the nearest shelter by clicking HERE. If you need assistance with transportation, call 311 for help. All evacuation centers have at least one wheelchair accessible entrance.

Business Recovery & Relief
New York City, including the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is coordinating a working a set of services to help New York businesses in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. 
Below is an outline of available assistance and how you can access them. 

If you need financial assistance:


Get help with a Small Business Emergency Loan 

The City of New York and Goldman Sachs are providing $10 million in emergency loans to help New York City businesses damaged by Hurricane Sandy. NYC Business Solutions and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) will administer the loan program.  


If you are a small business in need of an emergency loan to recover from business interruption, you can now access loans up to $25,000. Loans are interest-free for the first six months and 1% interest for the following 24 months.  Please see their Emergency Loan FAQs and fill out the application today.


Applications must be submitted through an NYC Business Solutions Account Manager at one of the centers listed below. For more information, you can also fill out their inquiry form or call 311 and ask for "NYC Business Emergency Loan." 


Access Federal Aid Programs for Disaster Recovery  

Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-related damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. To learn more about disaster loans provided by the SBA, visit or call the SBA hotline (1-800-659-2955) or visit an NYC Business Solutions Center


Apply for sales tax exemptions of up to $100,000 for rebuilding materials and equipment

The New York City Industrial Development Agency will provide emergency assistance to small businesses by establishing the Hurricane Emergency Sales Tax Exemption Program ("HESTEP"). This program will provide sales tax exemptions of up to $100,000 for each affected company on purchases of building, construction and renovation materials, machinery and equipment and other items of personal property and related services needed to rebuild after the storm. To apply, please fill out the following HESTEP Application and email to Shin Mitsugi


If you need temporary office space:


Free co-working space, supplies, and other services available for businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy  

Businesses can access desk space, power, internet and more at many locations throughout the five boroughs. You can access a complete listing of locations today. If your company can donate space, please visit this website. 


Some locations include:


If you are in danger of laying off employees due to Hurricane Sandy:


Enter employees into The Shared Work Program  The Shared Work program gives you an alternative to laying off full-time employees when you have to deal with temporary business downturns. It makes sense for you to keep productive employees. Instead of cutting staff, you can reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a select group, and the employees would receive Shared Work Benefits to help offset the lower wages. Apply today.


Help employees get Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)  

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a Federal program that can provide payments to people who have lost work or income due to Hurricane Sandy. The NYS Department of Labor determines if claims filed under the program are valid, and makes payments to those who qualify. Laid-off employees should apply for DUA by December 3, 2012. Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance today or call 1-888-209-8124 for more information.



If you need help with business interruption:


Take steps that can help reduce and recover  your losses

If you have access to your building, gather employee and supplier contact information, legal, insurance and financial records


- Lock your facility


- Document your losses and take high-quality photos of damages to the structure and your inventory


- Contact your insurance company


- Try to assess value of each item, with invoices and receipts where possible


- Discard perishable/dangerous items after documenting them


- Keep everything else to show to insurance companies


- Keep invoices or receipts if you are repairing the damages


- Contact your customers, your employees, and your suppliers


- Collect any logs of business decisions, communications, and correspondence you have


If you need on-site assistance, the SBS Business Outreach is currently on-call for any storm-related business inquiries and is closely coordinating with the NYC Office of Emergency Management. 


Please contact an account manager or call 311 and ask for "NYC Business Solutions."



Support Chinatown businesses, shop and eat locally, enjoy the food!


Triple combination rice, Pho 88 @ 51 Bayard St .

Pork chop, shrimp with Pan-fried noodles & a cup of tea at Cheung Wong Kitchen, 38A Allen St

Lobster rolls and other sushi works of art at Mika Japanese Restaurant & Bar - 150 Centre Street.

Mixed seafood platter at Amazing 66 Restaurant, located on 66 Mott St.
Ajisen ramen @ Ajisen Noodle, 14 Mott St in Chinatown 
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