Crowdfunding

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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Streets

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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These Lower East Side Bars and Restaurants are Crowdfunding for their Staff [Updating]

Last modified April 5, 2020 at 8:39 pm

Definitely one of the hardest hit, New York City’s nightlife scene is suffering due to the COVID-19 shutdown. So much so, that businesses are trying everting to stay afloat. Some are successful, like Forgtmenot on Division Street, which morphed into a full-fledged grocery (“The General Store”). Under the banner of staff relief, bars and restaurants […]

Couple Displaced by 78 Rivington Fire Seeks Aid for Recovery

Last modified June 9, 2020 at 11:57 am

The one-alarm fire at 78 Rivington Street last Saturday morning shuttered Sauce restaurant and devastated a couple of apartments on the second floor. The blaze was apparently electrical, and emanated from the kitchen of the local Italian spot. No one was hurt, but damage in the building is reportedly extensive. Heat, gas, and hot water […]

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More than a Decade Later, Junk is Still Treasure with Vicki Rovere’s Free Store on Ludlow Street

Posted June 25, 2018 at 5:18 am

The so-called Free Store on upper Ludlow Street is an institution. A source for both browsing and trashing junk. On the occasion of its approximate twelfth anniversary, roving proprietor Vicki Rovere shows little sign of slowing. “Part of my goal in running the free store is to raise people’s consciousness about what gets wasted and […]