Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we will be providing information on available resources including a list of businesses still open in our local Atlantic Avenue community from Boerum Hill down to Cobble Hill.

Click the image below to view information on local businesses hours and offers.


Click the image below to view parent resources for programming children can do at home.


NYC Small Businesses that offer after school programs provided updates on how they will offer continue to serve the community. Click HERE to view statement.


Click the image below to view resources for small businesses and nonprofits.


Facebook launches Facebook Shops– new eCommerce platform aimed at helping businesses connect with more customers and operate a seamless online retail environment.


On Monday, June 29th, 1:00pm, Workforce Development Committee presents Rebranding and Reshaping the Workforce: From Crisis Mode to Recovery– a panel discussion to share strategies on the re-opening process, alternative work schedule solutions, virtual management, and safety preparation for your employees and workspace. Click here to register today.


On Thursday, July 9th, 2:00-3:30pm, Investors Bank presents Non-Profit Survival Guide – Part III – Events & Fundraising During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Join a panel of event planning and fundraising experts as they discuss lessons learned and best practices that speak to short, medium and long-term fundraising tactics nonprofits can employ during the pandemic. Click here to register.


Patch wants to support small businesses effected by the Coronavirus Pandemic. They invite all businesses to use their Classifieds section which gives local customers updates. Businesses can use Classifieds to share updated hours, special promotions or deals, hire local workers and more. Posting on classified cost $1 a day.


Mayor Bill de Blasio signed seven pieces of legislation providing relief for tenants, commercial establishments, and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new laws support struggling small businesses by imposing limits on third-party food delivery services, extending the suspension of sidewalk cafe fee collection, and protecting commercial tenants from harassment and personal liability.


Click the image below to support Atlantic Avenue businesses, between 4th Avenue and Hicks Street, who were forced to close until further notice due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. The AALDC Community Resources Fund will help provide local businesses with financial needs they’re currently facing.


As of Monday, April 27th, the Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This loan helps businesses keep employees on payroll. Click HERE for more information and to apply.


Support Brooklyn Businesses by donating to #BringBackBrooklynFund.


NYCEDC is seeking businesses with the ability to quickly source and/or make needed medical supplies (e.g. face shields, gowns, ventilators, masks, and other products as needed) to support the City’s COVID-19 response. More information and application can be found HERE and information is provided by New York City Economic Development Corporation.


The Global NY Fund Loan Program is open to New York State companies seeking financing to create or expand direct exports, or to serve as suppliers to larger exporters. Loans are available to purchase equipment, inventory, working capital to support foreign accounts receivable, export lines or credit, or long-term financing. ESD is also offering interest-free loans for Distilled and Fermented Beverage industry businesses to promote New York State’s thriving beverage industry on a global scale. Click HERE to learn more and to apply. Information provided by New York State.


M. Patmos created Social Distancing masks and they’re donating 10% of each sale to Click HERE to purchase a mask.


COVID-19 Testing

Gotham Health Cumberland advised Community Board No. 2 they are offering COVID-19 testing, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM. No appointment necessary. Gotham Health Cumberland is located on 100 North Portland Avenue between Park and Myrtle Avenues. The B57, B62, and B69 buses travel there.


In Brooklyn, different houses of worship are available for COVID-19 testing. Click HERE to see the list. To schedule an appointment, call the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline at 1 (888) 364-3065.


Restaurants are still advised to follow NYC Health Code requirements for food preparation. Click HERE to view list. The State Liquor Authority released additional guidance for business owners. Click HERE to view list. Information provided by City of New York and New York State.


For food assistance such as grab and go meals, please click HERE.


Shop for groceries online with SNAP benefits. Participating stores accept SNAP benefits online and will have the groceries delivered to you. To learn more, click HERE.


The New York Department of Education is providing three daily free meals to New Yorkers. To find out where you can receive the free meals, please click HERE.


Food pantries and community kitchens are providing New Yorkers with free groceries.

To find one closest to you, click HERE.


Mark Morris Dance Center teamed up with Dance/NYC and cultural organizations to temporarily the dance center as a meal distribution site for residents and workers. Starting Monday, April 20, volunteer staff will provide free, pre-packaged meals prepared by World Central Kitchen, the non-profit organization founded by internationally renowned chef José Andrés, on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more, Click HERE.


Click the image below to view grant resources and more.


Subway System Closure

New York State has entered Phase 2 of four part reopening plan. Subway service will return to normal but will continue to shut down for cleaning from 1AM to 5AM.


If you’re unemployed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and have questions about benefits, click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits.


The National Disability Institute provides resources to help people with disabilities and chronic health conditions navigate through the COVID-19 Pandemic. To view the resources, please click HERE.


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a new Federal program a part of the CARES Act. PUA provided financial assistance to people who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic but do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance. Click HERE to apply.


Free Financial Counseling such as reducing debt, saving, and budgeting are available. Click HERE to learn more. Information provided by


New York City’s Department of Education’s Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) provide care for children of essential workers during the pandemic. To learn more and apply, click HERE.


The Department of Labor launched a new web platform to help with the record number unemployment claims being filed. The updated site will have a streamlined application process. Once the application is completed, the Department of Labor will contact you by phone within 72 hours if they need anything to complete your claim. If you already completed your claim, you do not need to contact them. Click HERE to access the application.


Please see below for how residents can qualify for rent reduction.

Information provided by the New York City Housing Authority.


Learn or enhance your skills with free online tutorials such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, Quickbooks, and Zoom. Information provided by SBH Career Division.

Microsoft Outlook:

Basic Microsoft Excel:  (additional Excel tutorials can be viewed at

Getting started with Quickbooks:



Health insurance enrollment is now open for uninsured New Yorkers as part of a Special Enrollment Period with all coverage effective as of April 1st. Click HERE for free enrollment assistance.


Healthfirst has transitioned to a Virtual Community Benefits Office to help enroll community members who have lost employment and/or health insurance. To learn more and enroll, click HERE.


Starting Friday, April 17th, Governor Andrew Cuomo made it mandatory for New Yorkers to wear a mask or face covering when going outside. Click HERE to read The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on face coverings.


There are fun, interactive, virtual games for New York City teens and young adults HERE. Information provided by Growing Up NYC.


Girl Scouts of America launched Girl Scouts at Home to offer free online activities for grades K-12.

Click HERE to learn more.


Information on supporting older New Yorkers with adult day care and senior centers can be found HERE.


Brooklyn Mutual Aid is a free service NYPD is providing to at-risk members of the community. Local residents who are available would run errands such as grocery shopping and prescription drop-offs and pickups for anyone who is unable to. Those in need of help can call or text 929-314-0899 or e-mail  All requests should include the name, neighborhood and what help is needed.


Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order for New Yorkers to get a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference. The Executive Order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits. Click HERE to view the Executive Order.


The New York Public Library (NYPL) are offering business, career, and finance services either online or by phone.


Need some business research to move your business forward?

We’re offering free, 30-minute video consultations, where you tell us what you need (e.g. a list of Mexican food restaurants with revenue between $5-10 million/yr in the tri-state area), and we’ll do our best to find it for you with the resources that we have. Our database vendors have given Library staff remote access to some databases, such as ReferenceUSA, IBISWorld, Plunkett Research, Mintel, Panjiva, PrivCo, SimplyAnalytics, and many more. Book your consultation with a Business Librarian here.

SimplyAnalytics is a tool to help you do research on your prospects, customers, competition, etc. It’s an online mapping, analytics, and data visualization program that makes it easy for anyone to create interactive maps, charts, and reports in just a few clicks. To learn more, click HERE.

Turn Your Vision Into Reality and Lead Yourself and Others in This “New Normal”

Webinar: Thursday, June 25, 6-7pm

Businesses will learn how to navigate the “New Normal” and connect with customers in different ways.


Money Matters Webinars and Blogs



Need help with updating your resume and getting other marketing materials ready? Need help with networking, interviewing skills, etc.?

Our career coaches can help! And now we’re offering career & resilience coaching too. We have assembled a great group of coaches to help you to build your mental resilience by creating an action plan for whatever you need to accomplish career-wise. Book career and resilience coaching appointment here. 



Financial Counseling

In this financially difficult time, our counselors are now available by phone. Make a 30-minute appointment to speak with them about your current financial situation, including general money management, budgeting, saving, banking, retirement planning, and more. Come prepared with your question. This appointment is for a specific date and time; the counselor will contact you as the appointment approaches, and call you at the appointed time. Book your financial counseling appointment here.


Credit Counseling 

Do you have credit or debt issues? Questions about your loans? Make a one hour phone or web appointment with a counselor from the Financial Coaching Corps, Community Service Society of NY. Please call 212-614-5586; leave a message, and a counselor will contact you.


Medicare Counseling

Do you have questions about Medicare, such as coverage, prescription drug plans, or cost? Contact the New York City Department for the Aging, Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP). Please call for phone counseling: 212-602-4180, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Email:

Governor Andrew Cuomo set up a free mental health hotline for people having stress and anxiety during the pandemic. The healthline is staffed by mental health professionals and volunteers. Call (844) 863-9314 to speak to someone.

For real time updates, text COVID to 692-692.


Protect yourself and others by following these steps:


Safety tips provided by the NYPD.




Doug E. Fresh, Artie Green, and Gerry Gunn collaborate in new song “20 Seconds or More” to remind people to wash their hands to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. Video provided by the NYPD.


Please help residents in need at YWCA Brooklyn who are advised to stay inside. By donating the following items, you can help residents tremendously. Drop off donated food items to the lobby of YWCA at 30 Third Avenue or click HERE to donate. Please put “YWCA” in the designation box.


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