It’s Good Friday, April 10, 2020. Best wishes for a Happy Easter.
In the face of so much grim news, it’s hard to mark the holidays we are observing this week. But they are hopeful holidays, and I wish for all of us more hope; we need it.
At press time, the Johns Hopkins COVID case tracker currently shows New York City has 81,878 active cases and 5,150 deaths.
We mourn the passing yesterday of Dr. Roy Hastick, President and Founder of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce. He immigrated from Grenada, and came to our country and made a good life.
This Monday, April 13 at 6:30 pm, I will moderate a virtual Town Hall in partnership with Columbia University, the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services (SBS), the NYC Hospitality Alliance and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce on “Small Business Relief during COVID-19.” Panelists Andrew Rigie from the NYC Hospitality Alliance, Kaaryn Simmons from the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, Jessica Walker from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop will be discussing the resources and opportunities available to small businesses to help get through this crisis. Visit here to join the virtual town hall at 6:30 pm Monday.
On Monday, April 13, at 12 pm, a web panel on “Intimate partner violence in the context of COVID-19” will be held by the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College. Register here to learn more from expert panelists on what can be done to maintain a robust response to intimate partner violence and find ways to keep survivors safe.
Today, April 10, 2020, at 5:30 pm, Ballet Hispánico will be streaming live from their Facebook page as part of their B́Unidos campaign and the #LincolnCenteratHome initiative. Enjoy an evening of dance from the comfort of your own home and watch Club Havana by Pedro Ruiz and CARMEN.maquia by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with friends and family in real time together.
Just in time for the weekend, Uptown Grand Central has released a Harlem Small Business Guide in partnership with Buy Local East Harlem and other small business groups, to help keep Harlemites updated on restaurants open for take-out and delivery, online classes and web workouts, food markets and essential businesses near them.
And please do call me with any urgent problems or concerns: (212) 669-8191.
Photo credit: FreshDirect Five Borough Food Drive delivery with these great volunteers wearing masks! Including BoarsHead and Poland Spring.