A MESSAGE FROM THE MONTAGUE BID

“Thanks again to EVERYONE who has been sharing information and resources with us. Keep the information coming!

Here’s a list of businesses on Montague Street that are OPEN as of right now. Click the business name to go to their website. Things are changing so quickly, so be sure to check the business website and follow them on social media for up to the minute changes, menus, specials, hours, and closings.
Below the list are important updates for this week so far.
We’ll update things as we get information.

Stay well, Everyone.

OPEN BUSINESSES ON MONTAGUE STREET as of 3/24/2020 at 1pm
BANKS and ATM Machines
GROCERS, DELIS, MISC.
Variety Mart
MEDICAL
Cohen Optical
Pearl Vision
PETS
PHARMACIES
RESTAURANTS: TAKE OUT/DELIVERY/STREETSIDE PICKUP
Haagen Dazs
Food Delivery Services:
CLEANERS / LAUNDRY
Brooklyn Heights Laundry
Montague Cleaners
RESOURCES AND UPDATES FOR TODAY MARCH 24, 2020
SMALL BUSINESS LOANS & ASSISTANCE
(1) Staff at New York Small Business Development Center is available to help small businesses navigate disaster loan applications and answer all questions related to the current COVID-19 situation for small businesses. Contact the Brooklyn branch by phone at 718-797-0187 or by email at sbdc@citytech.cuny.edu
(2) The federal government has authorized the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses impacted by COVID-19. These loans will be reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis for eligible businesses in New York State. Click here for more information.
(3) SBA is offering assistance with loan applications online here, by phone at (800) 659-2955, or by email at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call (800) 877-8339.
4) Information about Empire State Disaster Recovery loans and resources is available here
(5) New York State Entrepreneur Assistance Center is offering guidance and information here
GENERAL INFORMATION
(1) Credit Card Relief and Bank Information. Some banks and credit cards are offering relief from payments and interest rates. Click here to find out more.
(2) Meals for Kids. Beginning on Monday, March 23, the New York Public Schools will be distributing meals at more than 400 sites throughout the City. Click here for locations and more information.
(3) Google’s coronavirus website is up. Click here to see it and keep up to date
(4) Entertainment. Here are a few links to some free online entertainment to add some levity to your days and nights:
RESOURCES AND UPDATES FROM MARCH 22, 2020
(1) As of today, March 22 at 8pm all businesses must close until further notice unless they are considered an essential business. Essential businesses and essential workers may continue to operate as normal unless a special restriction has been placed on them (e.g. restaurants may only provide take out and delivery. For a list of essential services and essential workers, click here
(2) Tips for Small Businesses Owners:
  • Talk to your landlord about your situation.
  • Call your insurance
  • Call your credit card company and see what they are offering
  • Keep written records of all of the above emails, calls, texts and conversations, when they happened, next steps and outcomes.
(3) Need free advice? The Brooklyn Small Business Development Center may be able to help. Click here for more information.
(4) The IRS/Treasury/Labor has announced help regarding Tax Credits and Paid Leave. It may be worth you chatting with your accountant. Click here for the website with more information.
(5) Grantspace has put together a resource page for artists and non-profits to find assistance for financial hardship. Go here and the NYFA is giving $5,000 grants to artists.
(6) The Hebrew Free Loan Society is offering interest-free loans. Click here for more information
(7) New York State’s Shared Work Program provides an alternative to laying off workers during business downturns Watch the video which explains how it works and how to apply, here’s the website
(8) NYC Small Business Services – Employee Retention Grant Program application process is now live. This program is available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000. For more information and to apply, click here
(9) The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans offers up to $2 million in low-interest loans to help small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. For more information, click here
(10) Information about deferred mortgage and tax payments along with daily updates from Governor Andrew Cuomo, can be found here
(11) File for tax abatements here
(12) Information from Mayor de Blasio and the City of New York can be found here
(13) For information from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, click here
(14) Job Seekers click here to keep up to date on available resources
(15) The Montague BID Ambassadors have increased cleaning in public spaces, and are observing strict sanitary protocols such as frequent hand washing and social distancing.
(16) All events remain canceled until further notice. Follow our social media (Instagram and Facebook) for future event updates.
(17) If you have a need, an idea or something to share with the community, please reach out to us here.
(18) New York Police Department has continued normal operations and they are asking the public to call the non-emergency number 311 for any issues that are not life threatening, which will help keep the 911 line and staff available for emergencies.
(19) Stay safe and up-to-date. Follow the CDC webpage and WHO webpage and New York City’s webpage for the most up-to-date information.
(20) Need to get out for some exercise? The Parks are still open! Enjoy yourself and practice social distancing
(21) To receive text updates from the City, Text COVID to 692-692
If you or someone that you know needs personal help beyond what is mentioned above:
(1) Invisible Hands can help with groceries and prescription deliveries for vulnerable people. Visit www.invisiblehandsdeliver.com to request assistance.
(2) If you are feeling extremely anxious, depressed or hopeless, text 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Text Line counselor. This service is free, confidential and available 24/7. For more information, visit www.crisistextline.org
Can you lend a hand?
(1) Restaurants need our help! Order takeout or delivery. Tell Congress restaurants need help. Text RECOVERY to 52886 #restaurantrecovery
(2) Shop local. Shop online. Many of our businesses are offering gift cards. Visit their websites or our Instagram feed @montaguebid to keep up to date on the latest information.
(3) Kindness. We’re all in this together.
  • Check on neighbors
  • Offer to shop for a senior in your building who may be vulnerable
  • Report price gouging to 311
  • Make eye contact and smile with people on the street while you’re social distancing — it goes a long way during times of isolation
  • If you have a doorman or maintenance person in your building, think about ordering them a meal or giving them a gift card
  • If you can, tip and thank delivery people.
(4) Invisible Hands: If you’re healthy and able to, sign up with the nonprofit to help deliver groceries, prescriptions and whatever else they may need to their doorstep. Visit them at www.invisiblehandsdeliver.com
Special thanks to all of you who continue to support our neighboring business by purchasing gift cards, shopping online and ordering take out and delivery.
Click here to join Neil Diamond in a little Sweet Caroline handwashing song.
Stay well, stay safe and shop local.”
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