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
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.