Supporting Our Storefronts

Services We Offer:

  • Preliminary search of available storefront spaces.
  • Neighborhood-based research including other retailers, hotels and nearby amenities.
  • Grant programs to support small business.
  • Promotional opportunities across Alliance communications and advertising campaigns.
  • Support on navigating government regulations and additional public resources.

Heather Ducharme
Director of Storefront Engagement
(212) 835-2784
hducharme@downtownny.com

Meet the Faces Of Small Business Downtown

While a lot of businesses were forced to shutter during the pandemic, many stayed open to serve the community. The following are interviews we conducted with several local businesses who remained open through 2020.

Generosity And Tolerance: This Restaurateur Delivers (Even When It’s Not Returned) Generosity And Tolerance: This Restaurateur Delivers (Even When It’s Not Returned) How An Indian Restaurant Kept Afloat With Delivery Orders From Abroad How An Indian Restaurant Kept Afloat With Delivery Orders From Abroad PrimpNYC Enlists Women-Owned Businesses to Perfect Salon Experience PrimpNYC Enlists Women-Owned Businesses to Perfect Salon Experience 'Everyone's Really Caring About Each Other': Inside A Downtown Drugstore During The Pandemic ‘Everyone’s Really Caring About Each Other’: Inside A Downtown Drugstore During The Pandemic ‘Die-Hard Customers Look In Their Closets For Stuff To Fix’: Minas Shoe Repair During COVID ‘Die-Hard Customers Look In Their Closets For Stuff To Fix’: Minas Shoe Repair During COVID ‘Our Store Has Become More Than A Deli’: Inside The 24-Hour Cafe De Novo ‘Our Store Has Become More Than A Deli’: Inside The 24-Hour Cafe De Novo

Special Covid-Specific Grant Programs For Storefront Businesses

The Alliance launched a number of initiatives to support businesses that were being adversely impacted by the spread of Covid-19. The primary efforts were the Small Business Rental Assistance Grant and the Small Business Technical Assistance Program, which together awarded over $700,000 to local shop owners. Additionally, while advocating to cap fees on third-party food delivery providers, the Alliance also partnered with BentoBox to bring commission-free ordering to dozens of local restaurants. Read more about these programs.

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Digital Innovation Grant Program

The Alliance for Downtown New York launched a digital innovation grant program in 2018 to award Lower Manhattan storefront businesses with $10,000 of services to improve their online presence or the digital tools within their stores. This program is currently on hold while we assist businesses facing pandemic-related challenges but is slated to return February 2022. In the meantime, learn more about our first recipients.

$10,000 Digital Grants To Help Two Local Stores Compete Online $10,000 Digital Grants To Help Two Local Stores Compete Online Martin Busch Jewelers Wins Downtown Alliance $10K Grant Martin Busch Jewelers Wins Downtown Alliance $10K Grant Make Your Lower Manhattan Biz Web-Savvy With A $10,000 Grant Make Your Lower Manhattan Biz Web-Savvy With A $10,000 Grant

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