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Shop Small in Chinatown on
Small Business Saturday, 11/28
‘Tis the season to share joy – and show love for our favorite small businesses. Let’s #ShopSmall on #SmallBizSat, Nov. 28 and all season long!

Chinatown Partnership and the Chinatown Business Improvement District are proud to support Small Business Saturday. According to the 2019 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, 97% of consumers who shopped on Small Business Saturday agree that small businesses are essential to their community and 95% reported the day makes them want to shop or eat at small, independently-owned businesses all year long, not just during the holiday season.

  • Visit our info kiosk at 101 Baxter Street on Nov 28, between 12pm and 5pm, for a free Small Business Saturday tote bag (while supplies last), with a receipt of $25+ from any local Chinatown business. Receipt must contain name and address of business, and total $25+ purchase is per receipt (not combined).

How Your Small Business Can Prepare For Small Business Saturday
Download ready-to-use materials and use the Shop Small Studio to create all-new custom marketing materials to inspire your community to Shop Small safely with you – both online and in-store.
Thanksgiving Ideas
Order a turkey cake in time for Thanksgiving from Bake Culture, 48 Bowery.

Dim Sum Go Go, 5 East Broadway, offering Thanksgiving meal set for 4 people.

No Trash or Recycling Collection, nor Street Cleaning on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2020

  • Residents who normally receive Thursday trash collection may place their material at the curb between 4 p.m. and midnight Thursday evening, however anticipate some collection delays, as is common after holidays. We appreciate patience as we work to collect the backlog of material.
  • Residents who normally receive Thursday recycling collection should place their material out at curbside between 4 p.m. and midnight on Wednesday, December 2 for pickup on Thursday, December 3.

Now Hiring: Emergency Snow Laborers for 2020-2021 Winter Season
Emergency Snow Laborers are per-diem workers who shovel snow and clear ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and step streets around the five boroughs after heavy snowfalls. Snow Laborers earn $15 per hour to start, and $22.50 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week. Register
Open Restaurants Program Updates

ROADWAY BARRIERS (Adjustments required by December 15, 2020)
  • Barriers must have a fully built interior wall and bottom to hold filler material.
  • All 18-inch roadway barriers must be completely filled with soil or sand. 
  • Continuous reflector tape must be added along the top outside edges, and snow sticks must be added to the corners of the two barriers facing traffic.
  • A plastic water-filled barrier in front of the roadway barrier facing oncoming traffic will be required for a majority of restaurants; "high priority" restaurants for whom a water-filled barrier will be required will be identified based on the street's crash rates and traffic volumes, as well as if it's a truck route. These restaurants will be contacted separately to confirm this requirement applies to them. For all other restaurants, similarly placed water-filled barriers are highly recommended.

Sandbags, reflector tape, snow sticks, and plastic barriers will be available to all participants, free of charge. Limited deliveries of plastic barriers will be made to the "high priority" restaurants; those restaurants will be contacted separately. All other distribution and pickup details to follow.
  • New York State outdoor dining guidelines permit installing a temporary or fixed cover (e.g. awning, roof or tent) so long as it has at least two open sides for airflow. Of the two sides that need to be open, one must be parallel to the roadway. If at least the two sides are completely open, you may exceed 25% capacity as long as existing outdoor dining guidelines are followed, (e.g., 6' between tables, no more than 10 people seated at one table). If fewer than the two sides are completely open, the occupancy limit will be capped at 25% capacity, and all indoor dining guidelines must be followed. 
  • Enclosed structures, such as plastic domes, will be allowed for individual parties and must have adequate ventilation to allow for air circulation.
  • For restaurants with roof structures, the city will be releasing tips and guidance on how to make them secure, as well as quick action to remove snow from roofs, awnings, and tents. 
  • Only electrical heaters are allowed within the roadway setups.
  • Additional restrictions apply to restaurants in New York State Hot Spot Zones [https://forward.ny.gov/cluster-action-initiative]
  • During an active snow alert:
  • Diners may not sit in roadway setups. Please remove or secure any tables and chairs.
  • All electrical heaters in roadway set ups must be removed.
  • If possible, remove any overhead coverings or regularly remove the snow until the snow alert ends.
  • If 12" or more of snow is forecast:
  • Remove or consolidate your roadway setups to have as small a footprint as possible along the curb.
  • If you're unable to remove or consolidate your roadway setup, you are encouraged to take steps to protect your asset from damage due to snow removal operations. The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has conducted training exercises that included simulated snow removal operations on narrow streets with roadway setups on both sides. DSNY will conduct targeted outreach to restaurants to ensure setups meet DOT siting criteria and that roads can be efficiently plowed and remain passable.    
  • Use your snow sticks to increase visibility of your setup components if they are moved.

New York City is ready to help program participants with any questions and is deploying a team of inspectors to assist owners/managers in understanding new and existing requirements. Participants may submit questions to DOT at https://on.nyc.gov/2DlH4sT or call the SBS hotline at (888) SBS-4NYC.
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