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Here is an update on newly available loans designed to alleviate the economic challenge of being a small business owner during the crisis.

Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Businesses, NYC Business, Tapestry’s Coach Foundation, and Pursuit have partnered to launch the Small Business Continuity Fund to help firms located in the five boroughs. Loans are available for up to $75,000 to be used for working capital, inventory and other investments. Businesses must have fewer than 100 employees; revenue must have decreased by 25% or more; potential borrowers have to be free of any outstanding tax liens or legal judgements. Start the application process here.

The Small Business Administration has initiated two programs. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan enabling you to continue to meet your payroll (up to 500 employees). The loan will be forgiven if employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks. It can also be used for rent, utilities or mortgage interest. The program extends to sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed persons, private nonprofits and veterans organizations. You can apply through June 30, 2020 at any SBA 7(a) lender, federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit or Farm Credit System. No collateral or personal guarantees are required; loan payments will be deferred for six months. Lenders are set to begin processing loan applications as soon as today, April 3rd. Sample application form here.

Its second new program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance, provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help overcome any temporary loss of revenue. In addition, there is a loan advance feature for up to $10,000 that will be made available within three days of a successful application. The loan advance will not have to be repaid. To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.

Note: Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) of NY has launched a Resource Hub to address COVID-19 challenges. The FRB is encouraging banks to work diligently with current borrowers to alleviate hardships related to loan repayments. It also recommends banks make small-dollar loans to both individuals and small business owners. Do not hesitate to talk to your lender today about how they might help you during the pandemic.   
Check the FRB Resource Hub here.

Update: As for the Facebook Small Business Grant, the company still has not made the application available but is inviting you to sign up for information as it continues to develop the program. .

There has been an uptick in reported domestic violence incidents. We want you to know: If you are in a dangerous domestic situation, New York State will help you find safe shelter. You are not trapped just because of Coronavirus. If there is an issue where you are in immediate harm, call 911. If you need help, call the State’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906.  

I have been in tears every night watching news of the medical professionals and other first responders as they battle COVID-19 without the necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). I was profoundly touched by the people making masks on 3D printers and women sewing face masks at home, and wondered what I could do to contribute not having the ability to do either of those things.

I recently received word that one of my suppliers is now manufacturing Face Shields to help meet the demand.  This allowed me to order and donate 100 Face Shields for a family friend who is a medical professional battling the pandemic at a hospital in Queens, NY.  This is part of what she wrote to me:  “Our hospital needs anything and everything we can get…These will absolutely make a difference and help our hospital!!”

She was so grateful, and I was so moved, that I realized some of you also might want to donate these Face Shields to your local medical professionals.

If you do, please fill out the attached form and email it back to me.  (Note:  you can fill it out by hand, take a picture and send me that, if easier.)  The Face Shields must be purchased in sets of 100.  The cost for a set of 100, including all shipping and handling costs to any address in the U.S., is $275.00.  The outside of the box will have a label that says:  DONATED BY [Fill in the blank].  Some further information about the Face Shields is attached.

MCC Theater (Bob LuPone, Bernie Telsey, and Will Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) cancelled of the remainder of their 2019/2020 Season and the creation of two challenge grants to help during this difficult time.

The first Challenge Grant is the “Board Challenge Fund” created by MCC’s Board of Directors, chaired by Susan Raanan. Donations, Patron pledges, and Gift Vouchers will be matched by MCC’s Board of Directors dollar-for-dollar up to $375,000. To donate and for more information visit here.

The second Challenge Grant in the ‘Be Our Light’ campaign comes via The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust. Each 2020/2021 Season subscription purchased between now and June 30 will unlock an equal amount of funding for MCC from The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust up to $125,000. While show details of the 2020/2021 Season are yet to be announced, four-show subscription packages are now available for purchase by clicking here. These funds will be used to support MCC’s preparation for the coming season, which will be announced shortly.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Jackie Siegel’s New Premium Brand, Queen Of Versailles Coffee Is A Luxurious Coffee Delight

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Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe and brand partner Michael Glovaski

I was invited to an intimate tasting of a fabulous new premium brand coffee co-hosted alongside Queen of Versailles Coffee’s Brand Partner, Michael Glovaski. I headed to 8 East 48th Street to Benny John’s where socialite, actress, model and philanthropist turned entrepreneur, Jackie Siegel — AKA, ‘The Real Queen of Versailles’ brought her new venture Queen of Versailles Coffee to New York’s influencers.

Jackie Siegel

The ground coffee and espresso beans are picked, sorted, and specially blended on-site in the volcanic mountaintops in Acatenango, Guatemala. The flavor has a rich taste of sweet honey, warm vanilla, and smooth bourbon notes. It was truly the best coffee I have ever tasted.

American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, and Suzanna Bowling

Adam Weiss and Angela Gorman

On site was also American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the writer of the new musical Queen of Versailles Lindsey Ferrentino, Gordon Winston, Italian restaurateur and master coffee blender Matteo and Pilar.

Jackie Siegel and Gordon Winston

Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Siegel, alongside Miami-based Glovaski and the Italian-Guatemalan Droccos, are introducing an unmatched level of luxury to the coffee industry. Catering to the modern connoisseur, the brand provides not just a superior coffee experience, but an escape into the world of supreme elegance with every canister.

The event was well done, serving treats but most of all, a taste of this exquisite coffee, that you will be addicted to once you taste it.

Available at https://qvcoffee.com/

#jackiesiegel/ #qvcoffee/ # queenofVersaillescoffee

 

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Bonnie Comley, ART TO WARE and ChaShaMa Present Nothing to Wear

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Until April 30th Bonnie Comley, ART TO WARE and ChaShaMa Present Nothing to Wear in Port Authority’s 41st Street building.

Bonnie Comley and Anita Durst

Bonnie is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer. She has, also, won an Olivier Award and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. She is on the Board President of The Drama League as well as a full member of The Broadway League and the Audience Engagement and Education Committee.

Nothing to Wear

Comley has produced over 40 films, winning five Telly Awards and one W3 Award. She is the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD, the world’s premier online streaming platform delivering over 300 premium live productions to theatre fans globally. Now she is an artist presenting her work at ART TO WARE (A2W) a wearable Art Gallery that curates up-cycled, hand-made, one-of-a-kind statement pieces to be seen, loved and taken home!

Bonnie Comley and Lelie Ware

Founded in 2021 by Lesley Ware, this Black-owned and women-run small business carries small-batch, socially conscious, up-cycled, and locally-made wearables and gifts. A2W curates an environment of creativity, acceptance, and collaboration within a dynamic retail setting that showcases the work of artists, designers, and creative visionaries.

Making this all happen is ChaShaMa and Anita Durst who helps create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate. Currently, they present 150 events a year, have workspace for 120 artists, and have developed 80 workshops in under served communities. They award 11 million worth of real estate to artists, subsidizes 300 artist work spaces, provide over 215 free art classes, gives 200 artists free space to present and upport over 75 businesses with free space.

Nothing to Wear is a provocative look at our relationship with our clothing choices as it pertains to our self image, fast fashion and textile waste. It challenges the fashion industry to create an alternative to current business models and the global appetite for consumption and asks viewers to question dress codes like the current policing of women in political office.

Jose Febrillet from Port Authority

 

 

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Spring Petals and Hairy Crab: Kintsugi Aligns with a Golden Touch

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Tucked away in a slate-colored corner of otherwise colorful SoHo, Kintsugi stands in contained eloquence as a testament to the exquisite fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern culinary artistry. Named after the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi embraces imperfections, celebrating the beauty of resilience and transformation in post-pandemic NYC.

At Kintsugi, guests are treated to an omakase experience unlike any other, where every dish tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative flavor pairings. The menu, curated by Executive Chef Victor Chen (formerly of New York Sushi Ko), offers three tiers of premium omakase, each highlighting seasonal ingredients and Chef Victor’s imaginative creations.

The dining experience began with the house signature cocktail, made with sake, yuzu, and violet syrup—a whimsical nod to the restaurant’s otherwise classic Japanese ambiance. The upbeat jazz music playing in the background added a lively contrast to Chef Victor’s quiet focus, creating a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

The exciting spring menu babied us with glow-in-the-dark Firefly Squid as well as eels so delicate one would think they’re about to enjoy a bowl of glass noodles. A hairy crab peered at us over one course, sheltering a tangy salad made from its tender meat. Such creatures are common fare on the spring tides of the large Japanese coastline, chef informed us. An array of seasonal sea urchin species always brings a knowledgable crowd to Kintsugi, so book early for that summer treat.

While the atmosphere became increasingly lively as the evening unfolded and the guests got to know each other and the staff, the omakase culture at Kintsugi is one of careful curation and attention to detail. Guests can expect to pay a deposit and be patient, as Chef Victor and his team are focused and diligent in providing a truly exceptional dining experience. From bespoke sushi tailored to individual tastes to over 40 pieces of expertly crafted nigiri, every dish at Kintsugi is a work of art.

As you embark on your culinary journey at Kintsugi, be prepared to be transported to a world where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the beauty of impermanence. The latter of which is precisely what Chef Victor loves about sushi. “All of that work and it all goes into one bite” he says quietly as he gently sears a fat slice of sable fish. “Perhaps it is chewed a few more times, rolled around and savored for that moment and then its forever gone.”

In artful consideration of framing, each course is presented on dinner ware in collaboration with EM Ceramics and Spark Bird Studio who created an exclusive line of handcrafted, gold-fused dinner ware for Kintsugi. Experience for yourself the zen magic of this divine space and discover why, as host Klaus puts it, “everyone needs some Kintsugi after Covid.”

Kintsugi recently launched The Lunch Rush Omakase, a 12- course one- hour experience for $60. It is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from12–3 p.m. Also available is an optional seasonal beverage pairing (3) for $35 per person.

Kintsugi Omakase

28 Grand Street New York, NY www.kintsuginyc.com 646-983-4616
@kintsuginyc

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5–11 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays

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Dream Tea NYC Dazzles with Delicious Sips

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Calling all tea lovers!

Anney Norton has created a fabulous brand that is both delicious and a user-friendly way to create their  blend. Welcome to the wonderful world of Dream Tea NYC.

She has elegantly found a way to craft your own blend of tea from the highest quality organic ingredients. Each canister delivered to your door is full of flavor that is uniquely curated to your heart’s desire. From chamomile with whisps of apples, honey to responsibly sourced rose and lavender, there are hundreds of premium ingredients from dozens of quality sources to take the dreamer on an epic journey to discover amazing tea.

Custom tea blends are sent to your door. What is delivered to your doorstep is magical. Simply take their blend quiz by share a little bit about yourself and your flavor preferences. They then create the perfect custom blend for you.

It’s not just the special blend that will rock your world. The cutest and perfectly paired accessories help further produce a sophisticated culinary experience.

The Dreamy Tea Scoop is the perfect addition to your tea set. Using natural, non-toxic, food-grade steel, this brushed gold scoop is a safe and effective way to get the perfect amount of tea for every personal serving. In addition, Starry Sachet Bags are the only tea sachets using natural, non-toxic cotton fibers to help make a safe and effective way to brew the perfect cup.

Here is to creating your perfect sip today. For more information, please visit here.

 

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FAO Schwarz Launches Teddy Bear for enCourage Kids Fundraising

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This is the cuddly gift that keeps giving.

FAO’s flagship store in the heart of New York City has launched the sale of a new look on Teddy with an enCourage Kids’ partnership. The high-quality plush toy is for the Send a Smile, Send a Bear program. Right now, Teddy is on sale at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Teddy will soon be able to help even more pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization. The program also delivers stuffed animal bears to hospital partners nationwide to help pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization.

FAO’s motto is to be a source of wonder for each new generation, along with being a relentless supporter of quality and innovation in the life of every child. enCourage Kids envision a world where every child experience joy, hope and emotional healing along their medical journey. Together, we look forward to providing each child with this Bear, the ultimate symbol of hope, strength and courage.

Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the child life community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better.

 

Photos by Mychal Watts

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