Across NYC’s five boroughs, Chinatowns have been among the most negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Many businesses closed early in the year, even before the government mandated closures. Here's how you can engage your local elected officials to provide tangible support to these businesses.
Many businesses in Chinatown were also denied much needed government loans. As many are cash-only and lack an online web presence, it has been even more difficult to capture an increasingly remote customer base or maximize delivery opportunities. Most do not have the financial capital to make investments in marketing and technology under such extenuating circumstances - many are simply trying to survive.
Without real, tangible support from the local and federal government to provide disaster relief, Chinatown merchants will face an uphill battle and many will permanently close. Local businesses like these are essential to servicing and employing the immediate community. They are the fabric of our city. Without help from the government, many of our own New Yorkers will be thrust into unthinkable financial hardship, all while facing one of the largest public health crises in recent history.
That is why we are calling on our local government officials to:
It will take the community’s voice to achieve these goals. So, what can you do?
All it takes is an email, phone call, signature, or social media post to put pressure on your elected officials. Your voice can help sustain the livelihood of many of your fellow New Yorkers.
See next below for local government contact information for all 9 NYC Chinatowns across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.