March 19, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
Sunnyside Shines has put together a list of local businesses that are open or are providing services– such as take out and delivery– during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Business Improvement District aims to help businesses and customers cope with the new city-wide limits that were put in place combat the spread of the virus. There are now 2,469 cases for New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this morning.
Under the new restrictions, most businesses have been ordered shut–although bars, restaurants, and cafes are allowed to provide delivery and takeout.
The full list of businesses open and their available services can be viewed here by clicking this link. The list applies to businesses within the BID district.(NOTE: The BID will be expanding the list to include the entire neighborhood)
The list outlines business opening hours and whether they are providing takeout and delivery options to customers. The list also provides links to the business websites.
The organization is urging customers to order directly from business and avoid using online apps.
“Some of the apps have announced they will defer fees to businesses, but this just means the fees will be passed on to the businesses down the road when they are struggling to dig out from this,” Jaime-Faye Bean, director of Sunnyside Shines said.
“Under normal circumstances, these apps cut businesses’ profit margins down to razor-thin. Right now, doing business directly with our merchants is the best thing that consumers can do to help preserve these businesses and the many jobs they provide our local community,” he added.
The organization is also providing a gift certificate program for businesses that don’t have their own system and maintaining a page on their website to provide developing information for both local residents and businesses.
Meanwhile, Sunnyside Community Services is providing a “grab-and-go” lunch service to senior citizens on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Anyone aged 60 and older can grab lunch at the center and do not need to be a center member.
“We know getting groceries is challenging right now so if there is someone 60 and over who needs a meal, please come to our center,” said Judy Zangwill, Executive Director, Sunnyside Community Services.
The center’s home care services is still operating for those who need it, including the elderly and those with limited mobility.
All other services for seniors are being conducted by phone on [email protected]or email