Thursday, March 19, 2020

Support Mom & Pop in the Time of Corona

The coronavirus shutdown has shuttered the restaurants, shops, and bars of New York City. Our independent mom and pops are struggling to survive--and they absolutely may not be here when the crisis is over. Imagine coming out of quarantine to find a totally vanished New York, all your favorite bookshops and restaurants, bars and cafes gone forever. This is your chance to take action and help save our vital and beloved spaces.

This list is a place to start--and crowd source. Add your favorites in the comments--but be sure to include contact information and links that include info about ways to easily make donations or place orders from home. I will update this list as much as possible. As always, patronize your neighborhood places--order take-out or pick up, buy gift certificates, and make donations--you could choose one per day and keep them in rotation as part of your daily routine.

Until our elected officials figure out it's time to pass legislation to protect small businesses, let's get together and #SaveNYC--we are all in this together. 


Gem Spa
Support this famous corner store in the East Village
Visit: GoFundMe
Buy merchandise: Gem Spa

B&H Dairy
Donate to help pay employees, rent, and utilities
Visit: GoFundMe

Three Lives & Co. Books

Free hand-delivery of books within the West Village, shipping via UPS to anywhere in the country. Call 212.741.2069 or send an email ( to order books remotely.

Marie's Crisis Piano Bar
Virtually open via Facebook with live music and sing-alongs
Visit: Facebook -- tip your piano players!

Support this gorgeous Village pizza place, bar, and music venue (since 1957) by ordering delivery, pick-up, and cocktails to go. You can also buy gift cards.
Visit: 106 West Houston St. at Thompson, and call 212-677-3820

photo: Mary Clarke

Bureau of General Services Queer Division
Make a tax-deductible donation to this LGBTQ bookstore in the Village. You can also order books and have them shipped to you. Send an email to CONTACT@BGSQD.COM with the details of your order. They can take Venmo, Paypal, or a credit card over the phone.
Visit: Website

McNally Jackson Bookstore
You can buy gift cards and order delivery
Visit: Website
And support the laid-off workers of McNally Jackson here

Make a donation to this collectively run bookstore and activist event space on the Lower East Side
Visit: Website
You can also buy gift certificates for later purchases

Film Forum
Donate or become a member
Visit: Website

Cinema Village
Buy gift cards to this classic independent movie theater, become a member, make a donation
Visit: Website

Village East Cinema
Gift cards via City Cinemas
Visit: Website

Economy Candy
Order candy online
Visit: website

Staff Fundraisers for closed bars:

Find your favorite place and tip your bartenders each time you drink at home!

Julius' Bar

Visit: Gofundme

Dream Baby
Visit: GoFundMe

Otto's Shrunken Head
Visit: GoFundMe


The Double Windsor
Help support their employees
Visit: GoFundMe

The Gate
Help support their employees
Visit: GoFundMe


Neir's Tavern
New York's oldest bar now offers take-out and curbside options
Visit: Menu


Staten Island

More Things You Can Do:

- Tip your delivery people very well--they are risking their health to keep working for you

- Virtually tip your favorite bartenders (here's a list)

- Buy movie theater passes that you will use in the After Time

- Avoid Amazon and order delivery from local shops

- Avoid the chain grocers and shop from your local mom and pop -- they have all the toilet paper

- Now is the time to demand action from your local elected officials. Write to your city council member and tell them to pass legislation immediately to protect mom and pop. There's the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (click here and here for more information and ways to take action from home) and the Commercial Rent Stabilization bill (click here to take action from home) to choose from.


Unknown said...

Two more bookstores I know are still open and will do some sort of pick-up/ordering/shipping: Book Culture on 112th & Broadway; and Shakespeare & Co with three locations in NYC. Here are the websites: ;

Sean said...

Anthology Film Archives on 2nd and 2nd is going to get hit hard by this too. Here is a general page for support, which includes memberships, general donations, and merchandise:

Gift certificates for merchandise and future screenings are also in the works.

Kyle Campion said...

Schmidt's Candy
9415 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11421
(718) 846-9326

You can also order online!

dmbream said...

Ray's. Candy. Store.

Still open for business as usual. Ra's been staying behind the scenes, but asks that people order and pick up from the to-go window to avoid contact, surface touching, etc.

Or order delivery. Ray said it's been a tremendous help so far. The services are still delivering for the time being.

Uber Eats:




teresa t said...

Ginger's Bar in Brooklyn! There are so few lesbian bars left in NYC, and this one is friendly in the way that Park Slope used to be.

Unknown said...

Dale Diner in Kingsbridge (the Bronx). It's been serving the community for over 30 years. See:

PWHL said...

I've started a list of fundraisers and small businesses staying open for delivery/takeout here. Take care NYC!

jenni m said...

My absolute favorite local café, Native Bean at 36A Avenue A, is still open for takeout and delivery. Cash only.

Unknown said...

Book Club in the East Village @ 197 East 3rd Street -- offering coffee to-go, shipping books, online ordering for in-store pick-up, and gift cards online:

PWHL said...

Jeremiah & readers: I've updated the list of ways to help NYC small businesses here in a more readable spreadsheet:.
I'll also keep the list going in the coming weeks.

Unknown said...

Please help me & the whole staff at The Wing Bar in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Thank you!!!! NYC can survive this!

dmbream said...

PWHL: how does one contribute an entry to the list? Please provide a link or contact info.

Thanks in advance!