By Nick Garber, Patch Staff

Harlem NY - More than 150 East Harlem businesses struggling to survive 

during the coronavirus pandemic received a boost in the form of $ 2 million

in grants awarded last week through a city program.

Recipients of the East Harlem Small Business Grant Program range from

pizzerias to clothing stores to nail salons to barbershops The grants they 

received are as low as $ 1,000 or as high as $ 20,000.

The funding came from the proceeds of the 2014 sale od the former Pathmark

supermarket property on the corner of East 125th Street and Lexington 

Avenue, for $39 million. The developer Extell is now building a large office tower 

on the block. 

The awardees were announced last Tuesday in a ceremony outside Nocciola

Ristorante,an Italian eatery on East 116th Street, which received $16,000.

The grant program was formed through a partnership by Manhattan Borough

President Gale Brewer, City Councilmember Diana Ayala, the neighborhood

nonprofit Union Settlement and the New York City Economic Development

Corporation.

Seven businesses received $20,000, the top grant amount: Triple ARestaurant

Barcha Pizza; Daps, a Caribbean restaurant; El Barrista; Cafe;

Ginjan Cafe; Food Sin Fronteras; and Antwerp B, a catering company.