We’ve surveyed the neighborhood and talked with our small businesses to see where you can go as the city recuperates from Hurricane Sandy. The following locations are open, with limited service in the district. Know of a business not listed? Please tell us by emailing or calling our office at 212-460-1200.
Earlier today, the Union Square Partnership sent out an advisory filled with information on how to get emergency assistance from a variety sources, both federal and local.
Our partners at the NYC Department of Small Business Services offer the following advice to our businesses:
- If you have insurance that will cover your damages, contact your agent immediately.
- Survey any damage; enter a severely damaged building ONLY after local authorities have deemed it safe to do so.
- Photograph any damage to your business and save receipts for replacement items or repair work.
- Look for safety hazards such as live wires, leaking gas or flammable liquids, poisonous gases, and damage to foundations or underground piping and notify the appropriate utility companies or emergency responders of any such safety hazards.
- Dry all areas and items quickly and thoroughly to prevent mold growth; food establishments especially should examine all surfaces, including sheet rock, for evidence of mold and take appropriate action immediately.
- Begin salvage as soon as possible to prevent further damage; cover broken windows and torn roof coverings immediately to protect merchandise / business from further damage.
- Separate damaged goods from undamaged goods, but beware of accumulating too much combustible debris inside of a building.
- After ensuring that safety systems are fully implemented, call in key business personnel and notify contractors to start repairs.
View the full advisory here with information about emergency loans, temporary office space, and other resources to get you back on your feet.
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USP’s efforts to beautify the streetscape forge ahead with the latest and greatest street tree upgrades. Some of you may remember when the base of our street trees (crudely referred to as “tree pits”) were covered in decorative wrought-iron. Turns out, the metal was choking the roots of our green friends. As seen in the photo on the top left, the roots would often push on the iron pieces, creating tripping hazards and further damaging our trees’ roots. USP decided to do something about it. After months of battling scaffolding to complete the project, USP successfully worked with property owners to replace the old bases with attractive cobblestone covers, that are not only porous allowing our trees to drink up rain and reduce the burden on the drainage system, but also place less weight on roots to keep our trees comfortable. On your next trip to the greenmarket, take a look down and see for yourself.
This morning, businesses from around the neighborhood and beyond came to a very special networking and small business forum on emergency management, presented by the Union Square Partnership, Con Edison, and the NYC Office of Emergency Management. At breakfast, Jack Smith, Director of Enterprise Business Continuity for Synovus, retold of his experience working for LaSalle Bank during a major electrical fire in 2004 – the largest skyscraper fire in Chicago’s history. Mr. Smith shared his experience putting an emergency plan into action and seeing, first-hand, what works and what doesn’t. Participating neighborhood businesses learned, not only the practical benefits of planning and being able to continue operations following an unexpected emergency, but also the strategic advantages of being more prepared than competitors. Anxious to start their own planning, businesses peppered Mr. Smith with questions on a variety of topics, such as file and record retention and backup, to the frequency of evacuation drills. To learn what you can do in an emergency, view our tips of preparing for disaster and stay tuned for more small business networking opportunities and events coming soon.
Last week, our new pedestrian counts went live on our website and the neighborhood is more popular than ever! This year, we increased the number of counting locations to
more accurately capture the neighborhood’s amazing growth. Findings revealed that a typical summer Greenmarket weekday Union Square had 349,311 visitors to the neighborhood, and 306,672 visitors on a Greenmarket Saturday. According to the MTA, the Union Square station is the fourth busiest subway hub in New York City on a weekday, and skyrockets to the second position on weekends. View our overview of the study.