Crowdfunding

Still Sidelined, Fire-Scorched Essex Card Shop Raises $90K for Rebuilding Effort

Posted March 7, 2022 at 5:13 am

Still sidelined due to a major two-alarm fire in January, the Essex Card Shop continues to raise funds for its rebirth. Buoyed by the community, the business at 47 Avenue A has already raised more than $90,000 of its lofty $100,000 goal on GoFundMe. Ownership tells us that “we have cleaned up the store” but […]

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Memorial Fundraiser for Murdered Chrystie Street Tenant Exceeds $350K

Posted February 28, 2022 at 5:03 am

The family of Christina Yuna Lee, the Chrystie Street tenant murdered in her apartment earlier this month, started an online fundraiser last week in her memory. Organized by sister Angela Lee, the eponymous memorial fund via GoFundMe will “support the organizations and places that were the most important to her.” “On February 13, 2022, our […]

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Neighbors Rally to Help Longtime Printing Shop on Essex Street

Posted January 25, 2022 at 5:01 am

A local letterpress printing shop – the last of its kind on the Lower East Side (nay, the city) – is on hard times, but one neighbor is determined to help Y.H. Printing. Desmond Yeoh emigrated to the from Malaysia in 1989. He and his wife opened Y.H. Printing seven years later on Orchard Street […]

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Loved Ones Crowdfunding for Grubhub Deliveryman Stabbed to Death on the LES

Posted October 20, 2021 at 5:15 am

Loved ones have taken to online crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to help raise money for the Grubhub deliveryman stabbed to death in Sara D. Roosevelt Park last weekend. As reported, the incident transpired early Saturday morning near the Hester Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Surveillance footage shows that the attacker sat on the bench next […]

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Owners Struggle to Keep Blue Moon Hotel Alive on Orchard Street

Posted June 24, 2021 at 5:09 am

The Blue Moon Hotel is trying desperately at a revival after a challenging few years topped by the pandemic freefall. Most recently, historic 100 Orchard Street had been in the news for its potential conversion to a homeless shelter. The stream of negative headlines and pressure from the community forced the hotel to cave, and […]

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In Crowdfunding Push, Army & Navy Bags Surpasses $110K in Donations

Posted June 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

While the pandemic continues to ebb ever so slightly, many small businesses remain on the brink. Army & Navy Bags is one such struggling mom-and-pop, but luckily there are those in the community who wish to keep it buoyed. One year since a successful crowdfunding campaign netted north of $60,000, Brandon Stanton of Humans of […]

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B&H Dairy Again Seeks Help to Stay Afloat

Last modified December 17, 2020 at 10:30 am

The hits keep coming, but B&H Dairy is fighting back. The cash-strapped lunch counter has faced numerous setbacks since its lease renewal and remodel in November 2019. (Which is forever ago in pandemic time conversion.) Shortly after reopening last spring, their front window was shattered during the George Floyd protests. Then the pandemic pains of […]

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Tombstone Secured for Homeless Man Beaten to Death on the Bowery Last Year

Posted October 26, 2020 at 5:03 am

Earlier this month marked one year since four homeless men were murdered while asleep on the Bowery. Since the anniversary, a fundraising campaign to secure a tombstone for one of the victims was successful. Chuen Kwok had fallen on hard times after the passing of his partner. He eventually found refuge living on the streets […]

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Hit Hard by Coronavirus Closure, Punjabi Deli & Grocery Crowdfunds to Stay on the Lower East Side

Posted August 31, 2020 at 5:00 am

Punjabi Deli & Grocery is struggling, and recently launched an online fundraising campaign to help keep it afloat. The bodega had remained shut for nearly four months. Sidelined at the outset of COVID-19, and returning only in mid-July. The round-the-clock operation at 114 East 1st Street took a massive hit during the closure, aggravating an […]

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Thirty Years on, Mercer Street Books is Crowdfunding to Keep Afloat

Last modified August 14, 2020 at 3:14 pm

The last of the old guard is facing an uncertain future. Beloved used book store in Greenwich Village, Mercer Street Books, could be the latest victim of the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The neighborhood fixture is in its 30th year of selling used and out-of-print books, as well as records, and currently staring […]

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