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See Which Businesses in North Brooklyn Received COVID Relief Money

Temporarily shuttered Manhattan Avenue  stores in March following the initial coronavirus shutdown. (Photo: Aaron Simon)

Struggling businesses in North Brooklyn haven’t been shy in applying for federal aid. The U.S. government granted between $500 million and $1 billion worth of small business loans in the northern tip of the borough, according to an analysis by Greenpointers.

Officials in the U.S. Treasury Department released data this week on the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans to “small” businesses struggling with the economic fallout of the pandemic. The program has been shaky in its implementation, but there’s no question that some appreciated the infusion of cash.

The dollar amount (in millions) of PPP loans per North Brooklyn zip code.
Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

Greenpoint, which roughly corresponds to the zip code 11222, has received the bevy of the federal windfall in North Brooklyn, raking in approximately $160 million. And more than 75% of qualified businesses in Greenpoint applied for aid, according to an analysis by Renthop.

Some of the companies in North Brooklyn that put the biggest dent in the federal government’s coffers are local favorites. ACME Smoked Fish received a loan of somewhere between $5 million and $10 million. However, more nondescript businesses like ConsenSys, a software company that specializes in blockchain technology, also received loans to the tune of millions.

Manhattan Avenue at the end of March. (Photo: Aaron Simon)

Unsurprisingly, companies in the retail and food industry, both of which were decimated by the economic fallout of the pandemic, made up the bulk of loan applications. The federal government also cut employers within the capacious category of “Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services” a healthy stack of checks. (This includes law firms, software companies and public relations agencies.)

The number of PPP loans per industry type in North Brooklyn.
Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

Most loan applicants decided to neither disclose their gender nor their race or ethnicity. Of those who did, the majority were white and male. This could be due to demographic skews, bias on the part of those who administered the program or a combination of factors.

The racial and ethnic breakdown of owners who received PPP loans (of those that chose to respond).
Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

The U.S. Treasury Department extended the deadline to apply for a PPP loan to August 8. In a city reeling from an ongoing economic crisis, there’s still an opportunity for businesses in Greenpoint and Williamsburg in need of extra cash to get support.

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Greenpoint Laundromats and Grocery Stores Decrease Hours and Temporarily Close Due to Coronavirus

Downtown Marketplace, formerly The Garden (921 Manhattan Ave.), is no longer allowing shoppers inside the store.

New York is on pause keeping non-essential workers at home while slowing the spread of coronavirus, but many grocery stores and laundromats, which are considered essential, are now operating on reduced schedules or have temporarily closed altogether.

Here’s a rundown of the current hours of Greenpoint grocery stores and laundromats:

Downtown Marketplace formerly The Garden (921 Manhattan Ave.): Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. everyday.

The store is currently not allowing shoppers inside; orders can be placed via email at [email protected] or by calling (718)-349-2376. Allow two hours for all pickup, which is curbside on the Kent Street side of the store.

Downtown Marketplace formerly The Garden (921 Manhattan Ave.)

CTown (953 Manhattan Ave.): The store will be closed April 11 – 19 due to a shortage in workers as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

CTown (953 Manhattan Ave.)

CTown (953 Manhattan Ave.)

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Children’s Sing Along Connects Socially Distant Greenpoint Neighbors

A children’s sing along at a residential Greenpoint building on Monday.

Schools have been closed for nearly a month and virtual classrooms are the new normal as quarantined parents in Greenpoint are finding new ways to connect their kids in these socially distant times.

On Monday, Green Street residents sent footage to Greenpointers of a children’s sing along at a balcony of an apartment building for all of the neighboring kids stuck inside. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Restauranteurs Battle Food Insecurity With Pay-What-You-Can Meals

The pay-what-you-can meals launched on Monday at Jimmy’s Diner (577 Union Ave.)

Greenpoint restauranteurs and married couple Blair Papagni and Josh Cohen are offering pay-what-you-can hot meals for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, as the issue of food insecurity worries freshly out of work people in the service sector.

“As we get further into this shutdown I think it’s going to be more difficult to get hot meals. We’re a city built on people that go out to eat, so I think there’s a good portion of our younger population here that probably doesn’t cook often, and then we have our older population that maybe can’t get out,” Papagni said. Continue reading

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