Long Island Main Street News, April 2nd, 2020

Here is today’s edition of LI Main Street News for day 18 of the Coronavirus shutdown. New community updates, resource and grant links included. Check it out ….

presented by Vision Long Island and the Long Island Main Street Alliance

April 2nd, 2020

“We are suspending parking meters in Bay Shore until further notice. I, along with the members of the Town Board, wanted to do our part to encourage residents to continue patronizing their local restaurants. Anything we can do to help our local businesses to facilitate taking advantage of To-Go orders, we need to do. It’s important that during these unsettling times, we do what we can to help one another.”

– Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

“We’re reaching out to all businesses to make sure that they’re OK to see if there’s anything that we can do in the interim to help them.”

– Richie Kessel, Nassau County IDA

A message from Vision Long Island and
the Long Island Main Street Alliance…

Helping Main Street through the
Coronavirus Shutdown

Day 18 of shutdown – Thursday April 2, 2020

The Coronavirus economic shutdown is on day 18.  Folks are scrambling to access unemployment benefits, small business owners and community organizations are sorting out the different SBA grant programs.   Just about everyone is seeing what bills they can pay and those they can’t.  Communities are still coming together to assist each other in need and rally around the small businesses that are open.  

Here are some updates for today:

• The NYS Department of Labor has instituted a new system to spread out applications.  Check out the PSA that explains their new guidelines to get folks their benefits.

• NYS Unemployment claims surge to 366,000 with over 6.6 million Americans out of work. (Subscription required)

• US Senator Kristin Gillibrand has provided this thorough Q&A on the CARES Act.

• The US Chamber of Commerce has produced a guide to the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program which is very useful.

• The US Senate has provided this resource guide for small businesses and the CARES act.

• Governor Cuomo provided his daily update which among many other critical information outlined the need for ventilators.  There was also had a heartwarming moment with his brother Chris Cuomo, who has the virus. 

• Governor Cuomo also explained that producing virus protection gear is a business opportunity.  (Subscription required)

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone outlined the radical increase in number of positive cases in Suffolk County and expressed support for the small business community.

• Clarity is emerging on the new regulations associated with SBA loans and webinars are being held on that topic by SBA and others read the story below on the SBA website for upcoming webinars to help navigate these important programs.   A call was held today at 4:30 but stay close to the SBA website for current information.

• The SBA Paycheck Protection Program is an important program and details are coming forward.

• With the passage last Friday of the CARES Act, small business owners and nonprofits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

• Amazon has a grant fund for small business

• Facebook has a grant fund for small business

• NICE buses in Nassau County will switch to a reduced schedule beginning April 5th. The service will operate on a Saturday schedule from Monday-Saturday, and Sunday service will be unchanged. This does not apply to the Elmont Flexi Shuttle, the Mercy Medical Community Shuttle, the Port Washington Shuttle, and the n19, n57, and n80 routes, which will all continue to run normally.

• Legislator Laura Schaefer has a series of videos on her Facebook page promoting takeout and delivery to independent small businesses.  Here is one for West Hempstead.

• If you are struggling with various bills to pay and worry about automatic payments from your bank account here is guidance on how to stop them.

• If you are in the construction industry here is a very thoughtful webinar from the KOW consulting group on changes underway.

• If you are searching for hand sanitizer for your organization, community or business you can order a batch here at reasonable prices.

• If you are searching for something to do with your kids Chocolate Works has chocolate pizza and candy sushi kits.  For every one you buy they will donate one to a local food pantry.

• If you are trying to figure out what to do at home with your kid while they have very limited hours with their teachers online:
Western Suffolk BOCES also has produced an online toolkit for learning.

• Not the time to head south. Florida is setting up checkpoints for New Yorkers fleeing coronavirus.

• Forty Long Island downtown communities participated in the LI Main Street Alliance conference calls for Nassau and Suffolk this week providing updates on local philanthropy and response to the crisis.   Watch for a “We Are Open” Facebook page sharing all of the local businesses still operating in your local community in the coming days.   Also check the Suffolk Chambers and Nassau Chambers website for important news and links. Newsday and the LIA hosted a webinar with NYS SBDC and you can check it out here.

• It goes without saying that the front line providers in health care, police, ambulance, food services and many others are working round the clock and are the true heroes in this.
Participate in the “Letters to Our Heroes” initiative!  Families can send emails (or scan letters or artwork) to show their support for our first responders, doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are helping to control the COVID-19 outbreak and keep our communities healthy. You can email them to: Schaefer@NassauCountyNY.gov  

The SBA sites and webinars and NYS DOL unemployment websites continue to be overloaded with requests.  SBA webinars have been filled to capacity.  The 311 call center in Suffolk, the call lines in Nassau as well and every Town, Village and community organizations are taking enormous amount of calls to answer questions and guide residents to resources where they are available.

For the small businesses that are still open there is a movement to continue to support them and keep them operating.  To their credit that is largely happening in most downtowns across Long Island. 

As we head to the end of the week please think about supporting your local businesses at least once if not multiple times.  We have spoken to over 355 local business in over 40 downtown communities and they need your help.


• Senator Schumer’s release on $2 trillion Federal rescue package with $112 billion headed to NYS

• Governor Cuomo’s April 2nd message

• Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s recent message

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s April 2nd message

• Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci’s message from the Huntington’s Remote Town Hall meeting

• Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin calls for National Medical Disaster System resources to be deployed in the Town.

• A message from the desk of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand

• A message from Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro

• The Village of Great Neck Plaza’s most recent newsletter

• Updated NYS guidance document on essential vs nonessential businesses.

• School closures continue until at least April 15.


• A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.

• Updated information regarding REVISED SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan application can be found here.

• SBA’s Coronavirus landing page has been updated as well, and has important information including on the SBA Bridge Loan Program

• Property and casualty insurance premiums were waived for small business

• The Small Business Association announced an automatic deferment for loans from previous disasters

• All nonessential construction is shutdown

• Updated NYS guidance document on essential vs nonessential businesses

• NYS has developed a Shared Work program for folks to apply for partial unemployment to supplement a reduced work schedule

• Dining Bonds created to help local small businesses

• The free New York State business advisement services of the Small Business Centers at Stony Brook University and Farmingdale are also available to assist

• Facebook has grants for small businesses

• Kiva has grants for small business

• Verizon has set up a small business recovery fund

• Here is a video with Leg. William Doc Spencer on safely supporting Main Street businesses

• Rose Walker visited local downtowns to remind residents to patronize businesses that are struggling right now.

 Nassau County Minority Affairs Director Lionel Chitty provides an update on small business disaster loans.

• Nassau County and Suffolk County are surveying small businesses: The Nassau County survey is here.  The Suffolk County survey is here.

• LI Business News and Newsday have done a great job reporting on the need to support local businesses.  Here are a couple of recent stories spotlighting downtown businesses and the LI Main Street Alliance members:

Eating on the Run at LIBN
Survey of Downtown Businesses Shows Potential Closurees at Newsday
How to keep the money from the federal small business bailout at Crane’s New York (Subscription required)


• The NYS Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has weblinks for assistance here.

• FEMA Emergency Grants for local governments and service organizations

COVID-19 Guidance: Procurements Under Grants During Periods of Emergency or Exigency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides financial assistance to states, territories, tribes, local governments, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and other non-Federal entities. All FEMA grant programs are subject to the Federal procurement standards found at 2 C.F.R. §§ 200.317 – 200.326.

This 1-hour training will help participants understand how to properly contract during emergency or exigent circumstances when using federal funds.

Target Audience:
State, local, and tribal emergency management personnel, houses of worship, and private nonprofit entities; Public Assistance applicants

Topics include:
Sole sourcing under Emergency or Exigency (E&E); additional procurement under grant requirements under E&E; use of pre-existing contracts during E&E

Delivery Format:
Online training trough Adobe Connect. If you have never used this platform, test your connection in advance here.

Training dates and access information are provided below.

FEMA Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI) Training Schedule:

4/3/2020 – 9:30 AM (EDT) – Phone Number: 1-888-270-9936 – Access Code: 101-7496
4/6/2020 – 1:30 PM (EDT) – Phone Number: 1-888-270-9936 – Access Code: 101-7496
4/8/2020 – 9:30 AM (EDT) – Phone Number: 1-888-270-9936 – Access Code: 101-7496
4/10/2020 – 9:30 AM (EDT) – Phone Number: 1-888-270-9936 – Access Code: 101-7496


• New grant resource for folks who provide meals to children from No Kid Hungry


• Some tips on bills you need to pay and some that you don’t as this crisis gets prolonged

• The IRS has created a Q&A page with information on what you need to do with your taxes

• Up to date information in accessing unemployment from NYS DOL

• Status of accessing unemployment with 1000% increase in requests

• If you filed for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, you do not need to prove you are searching for employment to make a claim. Department of Labor Commissioner Reardon has signed a new order that limits all work search activities for all unemployment claimants. No activities are required during the pandemic to receive unemployment benefits.

• Life Insurance payments deferred – For a 90-day period, New Yorkers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying life insurance premiums. Late payments will be payable over a one-year period. Additionally, consumers and small businesses experiencing Coronavirus-related financial hardship may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance for a 60-day period. This includes auto, homeowners, renters and other kinds of insurance. (No late fees will be assessed and there will be no negative impact to your credit.)

• Pharmacies will now offer free home delivery to New Yorkers. All NYS major pharmacy chains, pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities

• PSEG has a Coronavirus page that is updated regularly

• There is now a 90 day waiver on mortgage payments which is a relief to the thousands of Long Islanders that had those bills hanging over their head during an extended forced shutdown.

• Freddie Mac is prohibiting evictions on properties where their loans are in place

• All NYS Department of Motor Vehicles licenses, ID’s and registrations are extended.   All offices closed and transactions are shifted to online service.

• AT&T suspends collection activities during the Coronavirus crisis

• PSEG Long Island Halts Service Shut Offs

• National Grid Halts Service Shut Offs

• Verizon Suspends Collection Activities

 Geico postponed collectons during Coronavirus shutdown

• Folks can check out this stimulus calculator that tells you what you might receive in the form of a direct payment from the Federal government.

• You may be able to temporarily stop making your student loan payments.


• Folks need FoodIf you are in need of food Island Harvest has their food locater and is working round the clock to continue supplies to those in need

• Domestic Violence is up 10%:  Many experts in the area of domestic violence prevention have pointed out lately that Isolation and unemployment are a recipe for disaster in a household with a history of intimate partner violence. If you need help, contact the Safe Center 24/7 at 516-542-0404 or the NY Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline at 800-942-6906. If you are in any personal crisis, you can also call the Long Island Crisis Center 24/7 hotline at 516-679-1111.

• How is your mental health? A mental health hotline is available to New Yorkers who need it. We can’t underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. Over 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time to help with New York’s Coronavirus response. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314

• If you are pregnant?  Many pregnant women and their families are facing uncertainty about what the COVID-19 outbreak means for their ability to have a safe, supported delivery in Nassau County hospitals.   In response to these concerns, Nassau County has launched a hotline: 516-4UR-CARE. Pregnant patients can call this line and get answers and advice about how to have a safe childbirth under COVID-19 conditions.

• Salvation Army has a Coronavirus hotline for their services of food, counseling and other emergency services

• Stay Clean – NYS is supplying their hand sanitizer to front line providers on an as need basis.   Here is the request form.

• New York State has a Coronavirus hotline and website for information or to schedule a test.  Please call 888-364-3065 or navigate here.

• If you lost your health care, NYS has reopened its health exchange.

• If you are a Senior check out the AARP Thursday conference call with info on social security, tax deadlines and other services.


• Island Harvest is seeking food donations from commercial food establishments impacted by the coronavirus.

• Blood donations are needed: The New York Blood Center said it is in urgent need of donors, since coronavirus concerns have resulted in “critically low blood and platelet appointments” across Long Island. The NYBC has six centers in Nassau and Suffolk and said safety protocols are in place as they urge healthy individuals, who have not been exposed to coronavirus, to donate. The NYBC said if you are unsure if you can donate, you can ask their experts at 800-688-0900 or navigate to their webpage here.

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is calling for people to make appointments to donate blood.

• Nassau & Suffolk County need Emergency Personal protective Equipment – Drive is underway.   Info is here.

• New York is calling for qualified health professionals and related professionals to supplement hospital capacity on a temporary basis to help treat seriously ill coronavirus patients.


• Tens of thousands of Long Islanders are out of work.   There are many service industry positions seeking temporary or permanent employment.   Here are some:

7-11 (looking to add 20,000 jobs)
Aldi (5,000 open positions)
Amazon (looking to add 100,000 employees)
CVS (looking to hire 50,000 employees)
Dollar Tree/Family Dollar (25,000 full- and part-time associates)
Domino’s (looking to hire up to 10,000 employees)
Pepsi (bring another 6,000 people on board)
Pizza Hut (over 30,000 open positions)
Stop & Shop
Walgreens (fill roughly 9,500 full- and part-time positions)
Walmart (adding 150,000 temporary positions)

General Listings:

Long Island’s Craigslist
New York Jobs

Simply Hired

• If someone is looking for a procurement opportunity through the state you can fill out this form here.

• If someone is looking for a procurement opportunity with the federal government check out this source


• If you are stir crazy with kids at home the Cradle of Aviation uses a video service to bring the museum to residents.

• Bored at home?  East End Arts is providing virtual access to artists.

• Folks are at home with their families and children for extended periods.   It’s important to know how to talk to your kids about Coronavirus so they don’t think we are living in an episode of the Walking Dead.  Here is also some guidance from PBS.

• If you are trying to figure out what to do at home with your kid while they have very limited hours with their teachers online.  Western Suffolk BOCES has produced an online toolkit for learning.

An added bonus to the toolkit is an activity with Mo Willems, Author of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” and many other cool stories


• Folks are answering Governor Cuomo’s call for ventilators, masks:

The Business Incubator Association has created an invitation to ventilate.   

The LI Racing Association folks have a go fund me page to increase production of their reusable n95 masks.

A Long Island Distillery is making hand sanitizer.


• SUEZ – who manages Nassau’s major sewage treatment plants in Cedar Creek and Bay Park is urging residents to NOT flush wipes down the toilet but instead place in garbage.  

• One benefit of Coronavirus: traffic is down and more folks walking, biking

• Environmental regulation impacted as EPA Suspended all Environmental Rules

• PSEG Long Island Continues to Storm-Harden the Grid

• LIPA provides update on coordination plan and current projects and initiative


• Nassau County Map of updates from Across the County

• Suffolk County Map of confirmed Coronavirus cases

• Thinking Globally?   Here is a website documenting the world impact of Coronavirus.

• Thomas Friedman wrote a thoughtful opinion piece on how to get the economy back on track without sacrificing public health.

• Inspirational op-ed from LIBN editor Joe Dowd

• Gary Labarbara from the NYS Building Trades Council speaks about safety for construction workers.

• Celebrities have time on their hands and are letting us know how they feel including Ben Stiller, Danny Devito, Cardi B, Robert Deniro and Madonna encouraging folks to stay home.  Sean Penn was looking to send in the military.  Arnold Schwartzeneger was telling folks to stay home while smoking a cigar in his hot tub, Neil Diamond even wrote a song called “Hands Washing Hands” sung to the tune of Sweet Caroline.


There are more than 80,000 unemployed in NY but there are many more as folks can’t or haven’t navigated the system for benefits to date.

That is not simply an eye catching statistic but real people with lives upended.

For the folks that are still working I hope you are:

1) humble, sober and aware of the fact that right now millions of americans are in pain,
2) if you have resources to help local folks – patronize open small businesses to limit further job loss,
3) donate to local food pantries,
4) donate other resources directly to real people you may know in need and
5) if you have resources to give to groups make it very local groups who are on the ground and getting them needed help in this time.


• We are starting to see some Corporate Philanthropy develop that has been missing through this crisis.   Stay tuned for a more thorough report.

– The Long Island Community Foundation has set up a Coronavirus fund for community services and organizations.
– Pink Tie and the LI Nets have developed a Pink Tie delivers program – more on that in the coming days.
– Trader Joe’s has been making donations to local food pantries
– Verizon has set up a small business recovery fund.
– The Long Island East End Group purchased 15,000 masks for distribution to front line providers.
– The Estée Lauder Companies provided 10,000 hand sanitizer bottles (8 ounces each) per week for 4-5 weeks
– Long Island Ambulatory Surgery Center donated a Ventilator
– In addition the United Way, The Townwide Fund of Huntington and the 1763 Foundation are all raising money to distribute to folks that meet their guidelines.  

– JP Morgan Chase has committed $50 million
– Lowes has announced $25 million in grants and in-kind donations
– Citi Foundation has announced a $15 million fund
– Google has announced $15 million in cash grants
– Citizens Bank has announced $5 million
– Anna Wintour has set up a fund for folks in the fashion industry who are displaced.
– A number of grants for displaced local artists are starting to emerge
– Bank of America has dedicated a $100 million fund nationwide.

• The United Way has a fund to assist low income wage earners who were either (1) laid off or (2) furloughed from their jobs due to COVID-19.  People can search for assistance here.

There is still a dearth of real community level information and tons of questions from folks stay tuned daily for updates on the range of actions taken to get us through this public health and economic crisis. 

We need you out there to tell is what is happening and what resources are available.   No matter what please join the LI Main Street Alliance by emailing us at ea@visionlongisland.org or call 631-804-9128.  

You can read previous editions of Long Island Main Street News here.


Northwell Health Digital Resource Center

The US Small Business Administration

New York State Department of Labor

NYS Department of Health

CDC Website

Occupational Safety and Health

New York City

Nassau County

Suffolk County

Town of Hempstead

Town of North Hempstead

Town of Oyster Bay

Town of Babylon

Town of Brookhaven

Town of East Hampton

Town of Huntington

Town of Islip

Town of Riverhead

Town of Shelter Island

Town of Smithtown

Town of Southampton

Town of Southold

City of Glen Cove

City of Long Beach

MTA Information

School Closings

AARP’s Updates on the Coronavirus

Island Harvest’s Food Pantry Tracker

Suffolk County Alliance of Chamber’s Disaster Relief Information

Global Dashboard of Infection Data

Worldometers Coronavirus totals in the US

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Reports from Local Downtowns

At this time of uncertainty, we are beginning to see a number of downtowns being shuttered as bars, restaurants, and any place where multiple people congregate are running up against fears of and caution at spreading the Coronavirus.  While this is a socially responsible action that will help to save lives, in the short term these actions are having a number of adverse effects on our local communities.

Vision Long Island has collected a number of experiences from local restaurants and service businesses, but before we go into that we would like to encourage everyone reading this to find a way to responsibly patronize local establishments.  Many stores are offering curbside pickup or online shopping to help them get through this difficult time.  And your favorite restaurants are also currently open for business with takeout available.  We also urge you to consider gift cards in order to purchase something at a later date for yourself, or perhaps to give as a present.

Local shops are in a capable position to provide you with what you need in the short-term.  Many will also be willing to accommodate you if you contact them ahead of time with requests that will minimize contact and help to lower the spread of this virus.

Vision has connected to over 355 small businesses in over 40 downtowns as they weather the economic storm through the Coronavirus. We encourage people to responsibly patronize these and other open establishments who need your help in this time of crisis. Many of them have been there for local organizations and philanthropy – they now need our support.

In the meantime, here is a selection of updates from Long Island downtowns, more to follow…

Bay Shore

Day 18 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown brings us to Main Street in Bay Shore.

Downtown Bay Shore once epitomized the many struggling Main Streets across Long Island. Rich with tradition, the town has spent years redeveloping their downtown with retail, restaurants, and transit oriented affordable housing, and public uses such as a waterfront park. Through the steady efforts of residents, business owners, school officials and civic groups, Bay Shore has generated transformational momentum, which has truly created a sense of place.

This decade long effort occurred due to the work of former Islip Planning Director Gene Murphy, multiple Town Supervisors and elected officials, the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce, Bay Shore Summit Council, developers like Greenview Properties, the Boulton Center, the YMCA and many others.

Speaking about the COVID-19 outbreak, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter reminds residents, “This is an unprecedented time for us all, in the Town of Islip, in our Country and all over the world, everything is changing, sometimes by the minute.”

Regarding the economic crisis that is interwoven with the health crisis, the Town has suspended parking meters along Main Street in downtown Bay Shore in an effort to facilitate restaurant take-out orders. “We are suspending parking meters in Bay Shore until further notice. I, along with the members of the Town Board, wanted to do our part to encourage residents to continue patronizing their local restaurants. Anything we can do to help our local businesses to facilitate taking advantage of To-Go orders, we need to do. It’s important that during these unsettling times, we do what we can to help one another,” said Supervisor Carpenter.

The following are some of restaurants offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery.

Ajs Grilled Cheese is open for curbside pickup
182 W Montauk Hwy, Bay Shore, (631) 647-9292

Amore Pizza is open for takeout and delivery
2110 Union Blvd, Bay Shore, (631) 968-8181

Bango Bowls is open for curbside pickup and delivery
68 E Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 328-1168

Bella Vie is open for curbside pickup and delivery
240 W Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 500-9045

Changing Times is open for takeout and delivery (DoorDash/GrubHub)
29 E Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 647-7871

Chowder Bar is open for takeout and curbside pickup
123 Maple Ave, Bay Shore, (631) 665-9859

Corks and Taps is open for takeout and delivery
53 W Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 647-7801

Fire Island Vines is open for takeout
17 E Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 647-9010

Fratelli Pizzeria is open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery
553 E Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 666-0458

Henleys Village Tavern is open for curbside pickup and delivery
184 Orinoco Dr, Brightwaters, (631) 968-0100

Joe’s Pasta & Pizza is open for takeout and delivery (DoorDash)
73 Howells Rd, Bay Shore, (631) 665-2524

Local Burger Co. is open for takeout and delivery
62 E Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 647-8300

Mediterranean Express is open for takeout
625 E Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 666-1216

Mulberry Street Bay Shore is open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery
192 Howells Rd, Bay Shore, (631) 665-2004

Napper Tandy’s is open for curbside pickup and delivery
60 E Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 665-0040

Peter Pan Diner is open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery
999 Sunrise Hwy, Bay Shore, (631) 665-1788

Pico Tequila Grill – Bay Shore is open for takeout and delivery
19 W Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 647-8907

Sea Levels Restaurant is open for takeout and curbside pickup
391 N Windsor Ave, Brightwaters, (631) 665-8300

Slice Of Bay Shore is open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery
298 W Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 647-9016

Southside Bar & Restaurant is open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery (DoorDash)
5 Third Ave, Bay Shore, (631) 665-9596

The Penny Pub is open for takeout and delivery
79 W Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 969-4061

The Pie at Salvatore’s is open for takeout and delivery (DoorDash)
120 E Main St, Bay Shore, (631) 206-1060


Day 17 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown takes us to downtown Riverhead – the gateway to the East End.

As the Riverhead Business Improvement District aptly summarizes, Historic Downtown Riverhead is a place where diverse communities find common ground, where mom-and-pops and new developments are next door neighbors, where art and culture shape the landscape.

The Town of Riverhead has been doing careful planning to redevelop its downtown, one project at a time, and the results have paid off. The persistent work of hardworking community folks, including local businesses, artists, architects, planners, property owners, walkability advocates, and municipal officials, in lifting up its business district, has grown restaurants, retail and arts activities.

In addressing the issues surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar states, “The Town of Riverhead is working to ensure the health, security, and welfare of our residents while we navigate the unprecedented challenge posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our focus is to continue implementing a continuity of operations plan.” On the economic side, Supervisor Aguiar states, “From the shops in Wading River, to in and around our Downtown, to our Eastern most hamlets and everywhere in between, our small businesses are a critical component of our Town. And although the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis is yet to be fully measured, we know it is already having a huge, negative impact on our small business community. To the brave business owners who work tirelessly contributing to the foundation of Riverhead, we are with you and working daily with Federal, State and Local officials to ensure financial assistance programs are readily available.”

The Riverhead BID advises, as Riverhead downtown restaurants adjust to the COVID-19 regulations, with a few halting services, some have transitioned to delivery and takeout only.  All have taken a major financial hit during this crisis. Fortunately, there are ways community can offer support while practicing social distance. Buying local supports more than you think. Every small effort helps to build bigger things.

The following are some of the downtown restaurants offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery.

Cliff’s Rendezvous – Pick up / Delivery / Door Dash Delivery
313 East Main Street, 631-727-6880

Cucina 25 – Pick Up / Delivery / Door Dash Delivery – Full bar available to-go (with proper ID)
12 West Main Street, 631-381-0388

Dark Horse Restaurant – Pick Up / Door Dash Delivery – Full bar available to-go (with proper ID)
1 East Main Street, 631-208-0072

Digger’s Ales and Eats – Pick Up / Delivery – Full bar available to-go (with proper ID)
58 West Main Street, 631-369-3200

Haiku Sushi – Pick up / Door Dash Delivery
40 East Main Street, 631-727-7778

Jerry and the Mermaid – Pick Up / Delivery – Full bar available to-go (with proper ID)
469 East Main Street, 631-727-8489

Michelangelo – Pick Up / Door Dash Delivery – Full bar available to-go (with proper ID)
300 East Main Street, 631-250-6145

North Fork Brewing Company – Pick Up / Curbside Delivery Craft Beer available to-go (with proper ID)
24 East Second Street, 631-591-1191

Perabell Food Bar – Pick Up / Door Dash Delivery – Full bar available to-go (with proper ID)
65 East Main Street, 631-740-9494

The Preston House – Pick Up / Door Dash Delivery – Full bar/Wine Bottles available to-go (with proper ID)
428 East Main Street, 631-775-1550

River Walk Bar & Grille – Pick Up / Delivery – Full bar available to-go (with proper ID)
40 Peconic Avenue, 631-591-2215

Shadees Jamaican Takeout – Pick Up / Door Dash Delivery
307 East Main Street, 631-381-0440

Sunny’s Diner & Grill – Pick Up / Delivery – Wine/Beer available to-go (with proper ID)
87 East Main Street, 631-381-0381

Star Confectionary – Pick Up
4 East Main Street, 631-727-9873

Spicy’s Bar-B-Que – Pick Up
225 West Main Street, 631-727-2781

Taco Bout It – Pick Up
40 B East Main Street, 631-574-8787

Taqueria Mexico – Pick Up
707 East Main Street, 631-280-2902

Taqueria Cielito Lindo – Pick Up / Door Dash Delivery
29 East Main Street, 631-591-0732

Turkuaz Grill – Pick Up
40 McDermott Avenue, 631-591-1757

Tweeds Buffalo Bar – Pick Up / Door Dash Delivery – Full bar available to-go (with proper ID)
17 East Main Street, 631-237-8120

Village of Huntington

Day 16 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown takes us to downtown Huntington.

Huntington village is typically a bustling seven-days-a-week downtown with numerous restaurants, local shopping, the Paramount music venue, art galleries, and the beloved Book Revue. Folks come from all over to gather on any given night and the diversity of age, race, and culture is evident in the people and the food offerings. The Huntington Chamber has described the village as “Where the city meets the suburbs”.

The village is also blessed with many preserved historic buildings and a well managed Town with daily services provided by the Town of Huntington, a Huntington BID, and an active Chamber along with an Arts Council, Historic Society, churches and many other associations that are part of the community fabric.

Today Huntington village, like other downtowns, is a shell of itself due to the shutdown. Having said that, many of the groups are actively promoting takeout and delivery options and raising resources for community members in need.

There are over 50 restaurants still open for takeout and or delivery. Here are many of them:

Bar Petite is open for takeout
56 Stewart Ave, Huntington, (631) 759-7619

Bee ORGANIC is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
24 Wall St, Huntington, (631) 470-1924

Bistro Cassis is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
55 Wall St, Huntington, (631) 421-4122

Burgerology Huntington is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
308 Main St, Huntington, (631) 923-2441

Cafe Buenos Aires is open for takeout
23 Wall St A, Huntington, (631) 603-3600

China King is open for takeout and delivery
67 E Main St, Huntington, (631) 423-0301

Christopher’s is open for curbside pickup and delivery
8 Wall St, Huntington, (631) 271-0111

Curry Express is open for takeout and delivery
762 Park Ave, Huntington, (631) 271-6400

Di Raimo Pizzeria is open for takeout
76 Wall St, Huntington, (631) 673-5755

Eatalia is open for takeout and delivery
34 New St, Huntington, (631) 629-4551

Faz’s Tex-Mex Grill is open for takeout and delivery
28 Wall St, Huntington, (631) 271-4333

Finnegan’s is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
5 Wall St, Huntington, (631) 423-9696

Golden Globe Diner is open for takeout and delivery
365 Main St, Huntington, (631) 421-1508

Hatch is open for curbside pickup and delivery
286 Main St, Huntington, (631) 424-0780

IMC Restaurant & Bar is open for takeout
279 Main St, Huntington, (631) 824-6222

Joanina is open for takeout and deliver
35 Gerard St A, Huntington, (631) 549-2727

Kai Poke is open for takeout and curbside pickup
328 Main St, Huntington, (631) 888-3188

Kashi is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
12 Elm St, Huntington, (631) 923-1960

KuraBarn Japanese Restaurant is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
479 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 673-0060

La Nonna’s is open for takeout and delivery
75 E Main St, Huntington, (631) 923-1389

Little Vincent’s Pizza is open for takeout
329 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 423-9620

Marty’s Gourmet Seafood is open for curbside
266 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 673-1888

Mazzar Grill is open for takeout
106 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 470-0756

MB Ramen is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
335 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 923-3176

Ming Star is open for takeout and delivery
764 A Park Ave, Huntington, (631) 427-8159

Mission Taco is open for takeout and delivery
371 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 614-8226

Munday’s is open for takeout and curbside
259 Main St, Huntington, (631) 421-3553

Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill is open for takeout and curbside
273 Main St, Huntington, (631) 385-3474

New Wave Burrito Bar is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
24 Clinton Ave, Huntington, (631) 923-2622

New York Panini is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
9 Wall St, Huntington, (631) 271-3540

Oaxaca Restaurant is open for takeout
385 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 547-1232

Old Fields Barbecue Huntington is open for takeout
15 New St, Huntington, (631) 923-1515

OM Organics Grab & Go is open for curbside pickup
201 E Main St A, Huntington, (631) 673-7020

Pancho Villa’s is open for takeout and delivery
311 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 549-0022

Panera Bread is open for takeout and delivery
345 Main St, Huntington, (631) 271-3824

Piccolo is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
215 Wall St #2060, Huntington, (631) 424-5592

Porto Fino is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
395 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 673-1200

Punta Cana Dominican Grill is open for takeout and delivery
376 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 546-1445

RaCha Thai Cuisine is open for curbside pickup
255 Main St, Huntington, (631) 824-6881

Rosa’s Pizza is open for takeout and delivery
313 Main St, Huntington, (631) 425-7694

Si Yuang Kitchen is open for takeout
232 Wall St, Huntington, (631) 351-1833

Skorpio’s Restaurant is open for takeout and delivery
340 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 549-8887

SoBol is open for takeout and delivery
339 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 923-2058

Southdown Pizza is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
211 Wall St, Huntington, (631) 421-2323

Stella Blue Bistro is open for curbside pickup and delivery
188 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 425-2583

Sur is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
314 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 470-6300

Thai Thai Villa is open for takeout and delivery
14 New St, Huntington, (631) 424-3422

Thai-USA is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
273 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 427-8464

TOA Asian Fusion is open for takeout
369 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 673-7377

Tutto Pazzo is open for takeout and curbside
84 New York Ave, Huntington, (631) 271-2253

Vauxhall is open for takeout and delivery
26 Clinton Ave, Huntington, (631) 425-0222


Day 15 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown brings us to downtown Amityville.

The Village of Amityville has been a center of business and transportation on Long Island for years.  Most recently it has successfully worked to embrace and balance downtown development, while retaining the charm and historical character of the Village. In 2019, the Village was awarded Vision LI’s 2019 “Strengthening Communities” Smart Growth Award for its GreenTek Living project, now known as the Village by the Bay. This project will transform previously zoned industrial property into 115 rental units in a Transit Oriented District that will help fuel development and spark downtown revitalization. Like all communities right now, the Village is hurting.

“Our downtown is not in good shape now with some stores still doing takeout, others closed. People are wondering what kind of assistance they’re going to get. Biggest need is some kind of grants or loans that are less than the posted 3.5% interest rate. They need very low interest loans or grants to keep going,” explains Village Mayor Dennis Siry.

Jeffrey Erath, President of the Amityville Chamber of Commerce, recognizes, “At this time, there is no way to estimate the economic loss to our residents and merchants, but we have a good idea where it is headed.” He punctuates, the community support shown in the past is what makes the Village an outstanding place to live. The Chamber invites the community to help support the current essential businesses (those open for curbside pick-up or delivery), as well as visiting local merchant’s websites to shop online.

Here are restaurants making it work:

Amity Ales is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
192 Broadway, Amityville, (631) 464-4646

Athena Greek Restaurant is open for takeout and curbside
65 Merrick Rd, Amityville, (631) 691-4607

B & B Fish and Clam is open for curbside
179 Merrick Rd, Amityville, (631) 608-0202

Blue T Pizza is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
183 Merrick Rd, Amityville, (631) 691-7667

Brooklyn Fish is open for takeout
524 Broadway, Amityville, (631) 789-6522

K J Hero & Breakfast is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
95 W Oak St, Amityville, (631) 691-0345

Peter’s Diner is open for takeout and delivery
236 Broadway, Amityville, (631) 693-9003

Raimo’s is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
45 Merrick Rd, Amityville, (631) 608-3260

The Better Bagel is open for takeout and delivery
45 Merrick Rd, Amityville, (631) 608-4831

The Cheesecake Spot is open for takeout
201 Broadway, Amityville, (631) 464-4137

The One Sushi is open for takeout and delivery
330 Merrick Rd, Amityville, (631) 598-2229

Touch of Italy is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
2715 Broadway, Amityville, (631) 789-4066

Zagloba Polish Bar & Restaurant is open for takeout
700 NY-27A, Amityville, (631) 608-0856

Village of Hempstead

This past Sunday, March 29th was day 14 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown.  We featured the Village of Hempstead then, which is an incredibly diverse community that has been planning revitalization projects over the last several years.  Their downtown has incredible transportation access with a bus hub, a train station, and a strong street grid for walking and biking.

They have a network of community, religious and business organizations that work along with their Village government to keep their downtown managed.  Their 400,000 square feet of independent retail features over 50 restaurants that are still open for takeout or delivery.

Here is a list of restaurants that are trying to make it work during this tough economic period.  (Special thanks to Clariona Griffith from the Hempstead Chamber for getting this “open” listing over to us.)

American Cuisine

Kennedy Chicken & Sandwiches (Grubhub, doordash)
Kennedy Chicken Grill Kabab Gyro 516- 414-4888 (Grubhub, doordash)
be-bop Bagel 516-292-2326 (Take Out)
Stella’s Café 516-292-0764 (Delivery, Take Out)
BAO Gourmet Famous Food (Take Out)
Real Taste Bakery 516-565-2020 (Take out, Delivery)
Fish & Chip 516-483-2334 (Doordash, Take Out)

Caribbean Cuisine

Wood Fire Grill 516-738-9228 (Take Out)
Taste The Island Bakery 516-489-5925 (Take Out)

Chinese Cuisine

Young Lin Kitchen 516-538-6861 (Take Out)
No 1 China Kitchen 516-486-8713 (Take Out)
New Shing Wong 516-292-3833 (Take Out)
Golden House Restaurant 516-292-6900 (Take Out)
King Wah Restaurant 516-483-7429 (Take Out)


Bakery El Monte Sinai lll Deli (Take Out)
Bodega Hispania (Take Out)
In & Out Deli (Take Out)
Fantino Deli (Take Out)
Eternal Deli 516-565-5505 (Take Out)
Camoneno Deli 516-385-2113 (Take Out)
Deli Quetzal 516-529-3833 (Take Out)
Deli Fontana 516-5297104 (Take Out)
Ramirez Food Center
Pino Real Grocery
KJB Deli 516-605-0700
Pepe’s Deli & Grill 516-493-9002
Sabor Latino Deli 516-279-6803


Tony’s Pizza 516-485-7050 (Take Out)
Pizzatini 516-280-8226 (Take Out , Delivery)

Spanish/Latin American Cuisine

La Sevillana Bakery & Café 516-538-9857 (Take Out)
Gusto Latino Bar & Restaurant 516-307-1818 (Uber East,Doordash)
Clinton Panaderia & Pupuseria 516-385-3233 (Uber Eats)
Santana Restaurant, Inc. 516-539-6349 (Take Out)
Churrasqueria Genesis Restaurant 516-506-7447 (GrubHub, Doordash)
El AjicitoPeruvian Restaurant 516-292-5724 (Take Out)
Miterrita Restaurant (Take Out)
El Nopal Restaurant 516-481-3853 (Uber Eats)
El Chicanito Mexican Grill 516-280- 6000 (Take Out)
Jalapeno Grill 516- 292-8030 (Grubhub, Doordash, Uber Eats)
El Porton 516-565-1234 (Take Out)
Pollos Mario 516-505-5200 (Take Out, Doordash, Grubhub)
Miranda River Café 516-292-2333 (Grubhub)
El Paraiso Restaurant 516-280-9134 (Grubhub)
La Union Oyster & Clam Bar 516-493-9624 (Take Out)
Rincon Dominicano Restaurant 516-280-9529 (Doordash, Take Out)


Brother Robinson & Genesis Soul Food Restaurant 516-280-4141 (Doordash, Grubhub, Take out)

Huntington Station

Day 13 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown brings us to Huntington Station.  Rich in diversity, strong community participation and easy access to an active train station are all assets to efforts looking to bring back this historic downtown.

There has been a lot of investment into Huntington Station in recent years, especially north and south of the train station, with the goal of creating a walkable downtown area.  Residents, business, and government have been working collaboratively for over many years to bring mixed-use development to Huntington Station.  From the Northridge project on New York Avenue, to the ground breaking on Columbus Terrace, accomplishments have finally been mounting.

In Supervisor Chad Lupinacci’s January 2020 release on the state of the Town of Huntington, he looked ahead by stating that “We will continue to revitalize Huntington Station, including progress on building a sewer infrastructure south of the train station to promote economic development, and we are looking at all levels of government to help source funding, including County, State, and Federal (EPA) branches. We expect to move forward on the Town’s second spray park at Manor Field Park and break ground on the James D. Conte Community Center to offer services for young people, senior citizens and veterans.”

The economic calamity that faces all of Long Island’s downtowns as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak is hurting the small business that those revitalization efforts were helping.

“Things are not good now,” stated longtime resident Jim McGoldrick as he spoke about Huntington Station on a conference call organized by LI Main Street Alliance.  Jim expressed great concern over pending revitalization projects and the state of local businesses.  “Business is slacking off, the ones that own their property are a bit more at ease, but shops that rent are having a big problem.  Many are having a problem staying afloat.  Local businesses need seminars on the programs out there that can help them.  We don’t need vacancies – we need more town, state, and federal help.”

Restaurants are doing their best to stay creative and remain open.  Marie Michele Destil, owner of Gingerbites, exposes how big the hearts are in Huntington Station.  “We’re not making any money, but we are staying open as a service to our community. Nurses come in here after long shifts, and serving them is the least we can do to help them.”

Here is a sampling of local restaurants trying to make it work:

Cinque Terre Ristorante is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
872 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station, (631) 923-1255

Gingerbites Haitian Caribbean Cuisine open for takeout
730 E Jericho Tpke, Huntington Station, NY 11746, (631) 427-2483

Giuseppes Pizza and Pasta Restaurant is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
1727 New York Ave, Huntington Station, (631) 351-6080

Joe’s Pizzeria is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
881 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station, (631) 271-5159

Kohaku is open for takeout
2089 New York Ave, Huntington Station, (631) 423-9888

La Nonna’s Pizzeria is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
566 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station, (631) 351-4700

Mama Lucia’s Pizzeria is open for takeout and delivery
1820 New York Ave, Huntington Station, (631) 423-4855

Marco’s is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
Pulaski Rd, Huntington Station, (631) 629-4935

Melissa Restaurant is open for takeout
1419 New York Ave # 1, Huntington Station, (631) 470-2264

Pancho Villa’s II is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
107 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station, (631) 923-2513

Pollo Campero is open for takeout
1805 New York Ave, Huntington Station, (631) 423-6600

Rincon Criollo is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
16 W Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station, (631) 271-2277

Shah’s Halal Huntington Station is open for takeout
918 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station, (631) 423-7768

Taqueria Mexico Lindo is open for takeout
1429 New York Ave, Huntington Station, (631) 423-5980


Day 12 of the Coronavirus Economic Shutdown has taken us to downtown Baldwin. Vision has had the opportunity to work with the folks in this community for many years as part of their ongoing revitalization effort.

Community, business, and government in the Town of Baldwin have worked tirelessly to realize transit oriented development and help the town attract new businesses.  They have also worked to create housing that appeals to young people, empty nesters, and community members who want easy access to New York City.  Baldwin, like so many other downtowns, has started to make real strides towards this goal of creating a real sense of place.

The Hempstead Town Board voted on January 21st to adopt the Baldwin zoning overlay district, which Vision was pleased to help draft. It was a community-driven process, with consensus and community collaboration thanks to all the levels of government working together.  This was an important step in clearing the way for the $10 million state grant the town received to redevelop downtown Baldwin, paving the way for beautification projects and spurring growth of mixed-use development along Grand Avenue.

The Coronavirus economic shutdown has unfortunately thrown off the course of this project.  Town government, the Chamber, and the Baldwin Civic Association are focused on not only the health and safety of residents, but also the economic health and safety of the downtown.

The Baldwin Chamber points out the one thing we can learn from this outbreak is that smaller, locally owned stores are vital to our community.  While big chain stores are running with empty shelves and big crowds, locally owned small businesses can reorder quickly and from many sources to keep the shelves stocked.

Like in every downtown, local businesses are doing their part, and support from residents is so important.  Towards that goal, Baldwin Civic Association’s Karen Montalbano said there is a grassroots effort to get the word out, especially through social media, of businesses that are open.

Here is a sampling of local restaurants making it work:

A Touch Of Italy is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
1187 Grand Ave, Baldwin, (516) 483-5119

Ayhan’s is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
550 Sunrise Hwy, Baldwin, (516) 223-1414

Benny B’S is open for takeout and delivery
2092 Grand Ave, Baldwin, (516) 632-5528

Caribbean Cove Roti & Grill is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
1929 Grand Ave, Baldwin, (516) 208-8951

Coach Diner is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
790 Sunrise Hwy, Baldwin, (516) 223-2161

Coal House Grill is open for takeout and delivery
844 Merrick Rd, Baldwin, (516) 442-7063

DeFrancisco’s Pizzeria & Ristorante is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
97 Merrick Rd, Baldwin, (516) 442-3561

Delicious Moments Caterers is open for takeout and delivery
792 Merrick Rd, Baldwin, (516) 594-1349

Gino’s Pizza is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
919 Atlantic Ave, Baldwin, (516) 546-8800

Mimi’s Kitchen is open for takeout
1293 Grand Ave, Baldwin, (516) 377-8506

No Good Burger Joint is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
930 Atlantic Ave, Baldwin, (516) 442-5434

Novi – New Old Venice Inn is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
99 Merrick Rd, Baldwin, (516) 442-4500

Raagini is open for takeout, delivery and curbside
924 Atlantic Ave, Baldwin, (516) 608-5578

Sweet & Savory Café is open for takeout
821 Merrick Rd, Baldwin, NY 11510, (516) 543-4900

Tropical Jerk is open for takeout
1321 Grand Ave, Baldwin, NY 11510, (516) 442-2900

The Irish Pub is open for takeout
834 Merrick Rd, Baldwin, (516) 208-5940

Valley Stream

Day 11 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown takes us to the Village of Valley Stream.  The Village has approved and built a number of transit-oriented developments in recent years and was poised for an uptick of downtown activity in 2020.

Last Tuesday was supposed to be a big day for local bars and restaurants as St. Patrick’s Day is usually one of the busier days of the year.  But with Governor Cuomo’s executive order in full effect it was a rather stark one for Valley Stream businesses beginning to get hit by the Coronavirus shutdown.

This mood was felt at numerous local establishments, including Buckley’s Restaurant and Bar, a 51-year-old establishment in downtown Valley Stream that had been reduced to a takeout service.  Even with a temporary change in the state’s liquor laws to allow off-site sale of alcohol the business is expecting a big dent in normal patronage.

“No one wants to close down, but it’s the right thing to do,” Buckley’s bartender Kenny Collins said. “You don’t want people to get sick, so you do what you have to do.”

Another local establishment, Mitchell’s Restaurant, has already had to send home workers as business has declined and is currently working out a plan to be able to switch full time to takeout and delivery service.  While owners and managers recognize the need for these sudden shifts, there is still much anxiety over how to do so and what the long term effects will be.

But Mr. Notarbartolo also noted that his business had already been seeing a sharp downtick in business as customers began avoiding crowded places in recent weeks.  It was already putting his establishment in a place where they needed to cut back on staffing hours.  Fortunately for him a number of his staff are high school or college students who were looking for a little bit of extra cash, but there are a number of workers who rely on this as their primary source of income, and those are the ones who businesses are prioritizing at the moment.

Kudos to Village of Valley Stream Mayor Ed Fare and his team for keeping the Village well managed during this crisis.

Here are some of the restaurants that are open for takeout and delivery.

Big Guys Burger & Grill is open for takeout and delivery
1682 Central Ct, Valley Stream, (516) 887-1839

Biryani House is open for takeout
60 Central Ct, Valley Stream, (516) 596-2525

Boston Market is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
168 W Merrick Rd, Valley Stream, (516) 561-5539

Buckley’s is open for takeout
159 S Franklin Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 825-4344

Charlie Meaney’s is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
52 Central Ct, Valley Stream, (516) 596-2337

Chicken Coop is open for takeout
159 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 568-2667

Dawat E Khaas is open for takeout
324 N Central Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 837-0555

Genovese Pizzeria is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
20 Central Ct, Valley Stream, (516) 825-6605

IHOP is open for takeout and delivery
180 E Sunrise Hwy, Valley Stream, (516) 825-9388

Inatome Japanese Steak + Sushi is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
6 5th St, Valley Stream, (516) 872-0419

John Anthony’s Pizzeria is open for takeout and delivery
1056 Franklin Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 256-3300

La familia Deli & Grill is open for takeout
161 E Merrick Rd, Valley Stream, (516) 341-0067

Mamma Gina’s Pizzeria of Valley Stream is open for takeout and delivery
104 E Merrick Rd, Valley Stream, (516) 568-1333

Mary’s is open for takeout is open for takeout and delivery
867 W Merrick Rd, Valley Stream, (516) 612-3559

Mia’s is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
31 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 825-2117

Mitchell’s Restaurant is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
191 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 825-9708

Pizza Amore is open for takeout
171 Dubois Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 872-9229

Pomodorino Rosso is open for takeout and delivery
47 Franklin Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 812-6171

Pretty Toni’s Café is open for takeout
759 W Merrick Rd, Valley Stream, (516) 285-8664

RoRo ‘s Gyro Place is open for takeout and delivery
32 Roosevelt Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 341-0585

Rosas Pizza is open for takeout
178 W Merrick Rd, Valley Stream, (516) 872-5200

Sam’s Steak & Grill is open for takeout and delivery
58 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 837-0007

TRUFFLE Restaurant & Bar is open for takeout, delivery & curbside
410 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, (516) 887-3373

Great Neck Plaza

Day 10 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown brings us to the Great Neck Plaza.

Amid Coronavirus concerns, the Village of Great Neck Plaza is putting residents first.  As per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order on March 16th, village elections have been delayed to primary Election Day, April 28, 2020.  As such, Mayor Jean Celender has delayed her retirement through early May.

According to the Mayor, “Our Preparedness Team is meeting daily to ensure we consider the most up-to-date information from public health agencies and government authorities, share key data and best practices with our staff, and ensure we are taking appropriate steps to protect the health and safety of all of our people while continuing to meet the needs of our residents and businesses on Main Street.”

The Village of Great Neck Plaza, led by Mayor Celender, has flourished throughout the years.  From advocating for safe streets and traffic calming initiatives, demanding affordable housing units in a high wealth area, managing and promoting festivals, events, arts, culture, music, and securing $5million for a range of capital projects and services, the Village of Great Neck Plaza is thriving.

Most recently, the Village has been working with Vision to change codes to help promote/preserve Main Street retail and get more affordable units in its downtown.  The effects of the pandemic now threaten to interrupt this remarkable trajectory.

“We are a ghost town,” described Mayor Celender. “Our eateries are experiencing real hardships. The restaurants are doing yeoman’s work. They need all the advertising help we can give them, especially through the use of social media.”

The Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District is encouraging residents, during this time of crisis as restaurants and patrons do their part in flattening the curve, to visit favorite local eateries and utilize takeout, curbside or delivery options.

Here is a sampling of local restaurants making it work:

Bareburger is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
66 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, (516) 441-5711

Francesca’s Pizzeria & Restaurant is open for takeout and delivery
29 N. Station Plaza, Great Neck, (516) 466-5842

Gino’s of Great Neck Pizzeria & Restaurant is open for takeout and delivery
60 Middle Neck Road Great Neck, (516) 487-1122

Great Neck Diner is open for takeout and delivery
14 Grace Avenue, Great Neck, (516) 466-0678

La Rotonda Ristorante is open for takeout and deliver
8 Bond St, Great Neck, (516) 439 – 4870

Lola is available for takeout
113A Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, (516) 466-5666

S&D Crab House is open for takeout and delivery
105 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, (516) 498-8088


Day 9 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown takes us to downtown Lynbrook where the community has banded together on a number of levels.

From monitoring experts’ opinions and suggestions, providing COVID-19 education, closing the library and village sponsored recreational events, to partnering with Key Food Supermarket to deliver food to seniors that rely on buses to get to the market, the Village of Lynbrook is working overtime to keep its residents safe.  Along with tackling this health crisis, the Village is grappling with the economic crisis all downtowns are now facing.

With great schools and friendly residents, many of whom have grown up there, Lynbrook has been able to maintain its local flavor. With its embrace of several recent projects, the Village has begun lowering its oar in the water on transit-oriented development, utilizing its unique rail opportunities.  Now, all hands are on deck to try to minimize the economic damage that is ensuing from the fallout of the Coronavirus.

Joe Carusone, owner of Vincent’s, embodies the spirit of Lynbrook, “We are hanging in there.  Whatever our customers are comfortable with, we’ll do.  We’ll deliver to the door, knock, or not, deliver curbside, or welcome you into the restaurant for takeout.  Everyone is different and we understand.”

The Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce has a message for residents, “Between the mandate that closed restaurants, and the supermarkets out of, well, everything, you can support our member restaurants who are open for takeout and delivery. You’ll be doing yourself and them a big favor.”

Kudos to Mayor Alan Beach and his team for managing the Village through this crisis.

Here is a sampling of local restaurants making it work:

Angelinas Pizzeria & Restaurant is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
33 Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook, (516) 872-3477

Burger Shack is open for takeout & delivery
97 Broadway, Lynbrook, (516) 218-2777

Craft Kitchen & Tap House is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
44 Stauderman Ave, Lynbrook, (516) 341-0547

Lynbrook Eats is open for takeout & delivery
245 Merrick Rd, Lynbrook, (516) 887-4932

Maier’s Brick Café is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
157 Lakeview Ave, Lynbrook, (516) 599-9669

Santorini’s is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
165 Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook, (516) 593-9600

SaVino’s Restaurant & Wine Bar is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
88 Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook, (516) 596-1600

Villa Formia is open for takeout & delivery
455 Merrick Rd, Lynbrook, (516) 599-4200

Vincent’s is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
14 Atlantic Ave, Lynbrook, (516) 599-1204

Babylon Village

Day 8 of the Coronavirus economic shutdown brought us to Suffolk County and the Village of Babylon.

The Village of Babylon has been working on redevelopment projects, including a downtown theatre, and maintains a robust business district.  The Village understands that money spent on brick and mortar stores in its downtown stays in the community, helps pay local taxes, and keeps jobs and resources in the neighborhood.  The advent of the Coronavirus and the steps that towns, villages, counties, and states are necessarily taking to protect the health of residents, may ultimately injure downtown businesses.

Kelly Peckholdt, President of the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce, sees the importance of focusing on the economic impact of this crisis.  “Our businesses here in the village are already significantly impacted,” said Ms. Peckholdt.  “At this point, pretty much all of the businesses are closing or have modified their hours significantly.  A few retailers are still open but are only doing virtual shopping or private shopping appointments.  We’re essentially waiting on and expecting the announcement to come that all non-essential businesses must close.  There are a lot of business owners and employees of those businesses who are already concerned for their livelihoods considering the government has not provided a timeline on these shut downs.  On the other hand, we are already seeing a wave of support from the community.

“As a Chamber, we have been working really hard this week at constantly sharing businesses who are offering takeout, virtual shopping, etc, on our social media pages, and have also been trying to share as much information from local governments as possible for business owners to reference.  We also have some larger marketing projects in the works, too, as we are trying to help our fellow business owners as much as possible.  Another upside, though, is that this situation has forced many businesses to become really creative in what and how they are marketing – only time will tell if these strategies will also work in a post-coronavirus world, but I think these innovative strategies will be what will hopefully allow these businesses to survive for the time being.”

Richard Kahn, Bar Manager at The Brixton, sums it up.  “We are all in this together.  We are trying to restore some sense of normalcy, which is so important right now.  We need to take care of each other.”

Here is a sampling of local Babylon restaurants making it work:

Del Fuego is open for takeout, curbside service and delivery through Uber Eats & Doordash
117 Deer Park Avenue Babylon, (631) 620-3700

Horace & Sylvia’s Publick House
100 Deer Park Ave Babylon, (631) 587-5081

Jack Jack’s Coffee House is open for takeout
223 Deer Park Ave Babylon, (631) 526-9983

Lily Flanagan’s Pub is open for takeout and delivery
345 Deer Park Ave, Babylon, (631) 539-0816

Mary Carroll’s is open for takeout
121 Deer Park Ave, Babylon, (631) 587-6181

Mulberry Street Babylon
30-32 E Main St. Babylon, (631) 321-5980

Ohayo Japanese Cuisine is open for takeout and delivery
233 E Main St, Babylon, (631) 669-1639

Post Office Café is open for takeout and delivery through Uber Eats & Door Dash & Grubhub
130 West Main Street Babylon, (631) 669-9224

The Brixton is open for pickup (delivery coming soon)
111 Deer Park Ave Babylon, (631) 587-2000

Kudos to Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino who is managing the Village through this crisis.

Kings Park

We recently had a chance to talk to our friends, small businesses, and government leaders in Kings Park to see how they are coping amidst the shutdown.

Kings Park has been making slow but steady strides towards revitalizing its aging downtown. With business, community and government working together, the prospects for positive growth has become a reality. The current restrictions associated with combatting the Coronavirus threatens to derail this progress. Like every local Main Street, the businesses, especially restaurants, are struggling to survive.

Anthony Tanzi, President of the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce, predicts “Main Street and small business will weather this storm! However, it’s going to take a commitment from our local communities to help them though if we want them there when it’s over.”

Kevin Denis, owner of Professor’s Café agrees, “We’ve been taking care of the community for 33 years, we hope the community will be there for us.” Denis explains, “It’s hard to know what the right thing to do is, close for a few weeks or stay open. We are doing everything we can to hang in there and survive.”

Michael Grimaudo, owner of Gino’s Kings Park concurs, businesses are hurting, but we are working to stay positive.

The Town of Smithtown government understands the immediate challenges of balancing personal health and economic health of communities. “This pandemic has hit our Main Street businesses in a way that has many of them wondering how they will survive. Many are coming up with ways of conducting business without compromising the public. Bakeries are making DIY cookie kits to take home, restaurants are amping up takeout, realtors are filming available homes… they’re each finding their own recipe to make lemonade. And while the public must remain vigilant in social distancing, we can all find a way to safely support our local shops, be it sharing their social media posts or making a donation to those forced to close… the way through this is together,” Supervisor Ed Wehrheim.

Linda Henninger, President if the Kings Park Civic encourages residents to support the local businesses downtown as well.

We had the chance to also see the Park Bake Shop set up an order window. Owner Lucy Shtanko offered delicious kronuts to go.

Here is sampling of Kings Park restaurants making it work:

Café Red is open from 12 pm to 8 pm for order and pickup.
107 Main Street, Kings Park, Phone (631) 544-4500.

Ciro’s Kings Park is open from 2 pm to 8 pm for deliveries, takeout and curbside pickup.
74 Main Street, Kings Park, Phone: 631-269-2600.

Gino’s Kings Park is open from 10 am to 9 pm for takeout and delivery.
52 Indian Head Road, Kings Park, Phone (631) 269-2880.

Long River Restaurant is open from 11 am to 6 pm for takeout and delivery.
4 Main Street, Kings Park, Phone (631) 544-4666.

Professor’s Café is open M,T,W from 8 am to 7 pm, Th, F from 8 am to 8 pm, Sat 8 am to 7 pm, Sun from 8 am to 3 pm for takeout and delivery.
58 Indian Head Road, Kings Park, Phone (631) 269-4346.

Relish is open from 11 am to 7 pm for takeout and delivery.
2 Pulaski Road, Kings Park, Phone (631) 292-2740.

Simply Greek is open 11 am to 9 pm for takeout and delivery.
12 Indian Head Road, Kings Park, Phone (631) 663-3652.

Park Bake Shop, 5:00am-6:00pm, Takeout through order window.
112 Main St, Kings Park, 631-269-3825

Park Lounge, 4:00pm-7:00pm, doing takeout of family meals.
605 E. Main Street, Kings Park, 631-979-1351

Kings Park Shipping has been mandated as an essential business by the Governor’s order to remain open as a vessel into the shipping channel for UPS,FEDEX,DHL and USPS.  They can also handle printing as needed.  Please email any inquiries to: john@kingsparkshipping.com


Vision Long Island was in downtown Northport recently, where a number of small businesses are still open for takeout during the day and the night.

Some of the businesses that are open for takeout include:

Northport Harbor Delicatessen
Martoni’s Italian Eatery
Wine Bar
Main Street Café
Golden China
Venus Greek Restaurant
Mamma Mias Pizzeria
Copenhagen Bakery

Rob Breudenbach from the Northport Harbor Delicatessen, both of which have been mainstays in town for decades, has great egg sandwiches, soups and lunches.

Martoni’s, a much newer operation, has great coffee, homemade soups, and other entrees and products.  They also have pasta for sale for folks that are stocking up and find their local supermarket bare.

The Wine Bar is open for takeout and serving up their eclectic menu, which includes other open restaurants in town.  It is literally a one stop takeout shop along with wine, of course.

Lastly, Maroni’s is open with lots of their award winning meatballs hot and ready to go.  Maria Maroni is working long days and nights to keep that operation ready to go for local patrons.

Folks can grab their takeout and eat at the waterfront while still remaining good distance apart, or just safely walk around town while avoiding close contact with others.

Many of the retail shops voluntarily closed even before the forced shutdown the came last night and the one last Monday.  Northport is a village that relies heavily on tourism revenue, so summers are when most restaurants, bars, and retailers benefit and January & February are the slowest months of the month.  The shutdown occurring in March, when most of these businesses are beginning to ramp back up, may actually be worse than the winter and is debilitating for many.  Sadly, our friend Gene from Oscar’s barbershop was forced to close last week in anticipation of shutdown orders. We hope to see him back.

We hope folks can find a responsible way to patronize these small businesses or others in your own downtown.  It’s the only way these folks will make it through what will be a rough economic time for all of us.


No single downtown has brought housing, jobs, economic activity and great adaptive reuse with transit-oriented development as the Village of Farmingdale, but as this pandemic begins to cause significant economic distress, very few places or industries will emerge unscathed, and none are more vulnerable than our local Main Street businesses.

Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Village Board of Trustees are not only working to keep their community safe; they are visiting merchants throughout the Village to address the current economic crisis. Mayor Ekstrand tells us, “We have been doing take out every night from a different place. We put out on the Village website, and to all residents on our constant contact, a list of restaurant’s names and phone numbers which are doing delivery and take out. We have given all merchants the SBA information to file for money.  We are trying our best to keep Farmingdale a Village to be proud of.”

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce asks that Farmingdale come together to support the businesses that support the community. “Every day, small business owners and organizations are being asked to make public safety judgement calls, putting themselves, their staff, and their future at risk,” President Joseph Garcia states. “Our restaurants, brewery, and many others have been forced to change business models overnight to comply with State Rules and Guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The vast majority of our members are still operating. Food and beverage establishments have made provisions for takeout, curbside pick-up, free delivery, discounts, and Alcohol to-go and even delivered. Please continue to support our businesses here in Farmingdale. Order in, have some beer or wine. Continue doing business over the phone. Consider purchasing gift cards for future use, as well. We want to make sure Farmingdale continues to be a strong and vibrant business community.”

Here is a sampling of local restaurants making it work:

317 Main Street is open for curbside & delivery
317 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 512-5317

Bagel Hut is open for takeout & delivery
525 Fulton Street (Rt 109) Farmingdale (516) 249-3300

Caracara Mexican Grill is open for curbside & delivery
354 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 777-2272

Charlotte’s Desserts is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
294 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 586-3595

Chiddy’s Cheesesteaks is open for pick up & delivery
191 Main Street, Farmingdale (631) 609-1425

Croxley Ales is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
190 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 293-7700

Dominican Restaurant 4 is open for takeout & delivery
305 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 586-6005

Flux Coffee is open for takeout
211 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 586-8979

Frankie’s Pizzeria is open for takeout & delivery
313 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 502-1304

Grecian Grill is open for takeout & delivery
261 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 753-1260

High Tide Taco is open for takeout & delivery
257 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 586-5255

Library Café is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
274 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 752-7678

Lithology is open for curbside & delivery
211A Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 962-0585

Main Street Pizza is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
302 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 777-3600

Palmer’s American Grille is open for curbside & delivery
123 Fulton Street, Farmingdale (516) 420-0609

Sobol is open for takeout
155 b Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 588-0500

Stuff-A-Bagel is open for takeout & delivery
234 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 420-4287

That Meetball Place is open for curbside & delivery
206 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 586-8880

The Republic Pub is open for takeout & delivery
217 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 293-4400

Thyme on Your Side (Le Petit Café) is open for takeout, curbside & delivery
314 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 465-9660

Tiny Thai is open for takeout
187 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 694-3302

TOA is open for takeout & delivery
122 Secatogue Avenue, Farmingdale (516) 777-8888

Tre Scalini is open for takeout & delivery
196 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 249-0140

Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar is open for takeout & delivery
282 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 586-8542

Wings Over Farmingdale is open for takeout
221 Main Street, Farmingdale (516) 756-9464

Farmingdale has also released a list of local businesses that are still open and what services they are offering to customers, which you can access here.


Vision was out in downtown Mineola for day 4 of the forced shutdown of most activities.

Restaurants we were able to speak with or observed open included:

Bagelman (516) 746-8600 Take out only

Biscuits and Barbecue (516) 493-9797 Curbside pickup – credits cards now accepted

Brasa Rodizio (516)280-8000 – Delivery & Pick-up

Burrito Blvd (516) 746-2420 –

Cafe Sport (516) 742-6540 – Pick-up & Delivery

Casa Dos Frangos (516) 280-8990 – Pick-up or Curbside delivery, UberEats, Doordash, Grubhub

Chipotle Mexican Grill (516) 294-0709 – Pick-up only

Cornerstone (516) 741-6095 – Delivery and curbside take out.

Cugini’s (516) 248-7770 –

Eric’s Italian Bistro (516) 280-5675 – Delivery, & Curbside Pick-up

Friendly’s (516) 294-0393 –

Heart of Portugal (516) 742-9797 – Pickup only

Lareira Restaurant – 516-248-2004 – Curbside pickup, UberEats

Las Vinas (516) 747-0194 – Delivery, Curbside and Pick-up

Luigi’s (516) 294-7400 – Pickup and Delivery

Madeira Sports Cafe (516) 248-4190 – Pickup and Delivery

Main Street Pizza (516) 877-7850 – Pickup & Delivery

Mama Soup (516) 746-7687 – Take out and delivery and curbside pickup

Mamma Gina’s Pizza (516) 294-2994 – Pick-up and Delivery and Grub Hub

McDonald’s (516) 248-8402 – Drive-through, Uber Eats, Grub Hub and Door Dash

Mineola Diner (516) 877-1370 – Curbside pickup, delivery, UberEats and GrubHub

New Hing Hing Kitchen (516) 747-5386 – Closed

Nosso Cafe (516) 746-1305 – Curbside pickup

P.S. Burgers (516) 493-9292 – Deliver & Curbside pickup

Panera Bread (516) 535-3910 – Pick-up, UberEats and Doordash

Piccolo Bussola Restaurant (516) 294-4620 – Pickup and Delivery

Piccolos Restaurant (516) 248-8110 Pickup only

Recovery Room Bar and Grill (516)-280-2407 -DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub & pickup

Roast Sandwich Shop (516) 747-0717 –

Souvlaki Stop Restaurant (516) 747-3458 – Currently closed

Spaghettini (516) 750-8044 – Pick-up and delivery,
Grubhub, UberEats, Seamless, Doordash & Chownow

Starbucks (516) 248-1211

Station Plaza Coffee Shop and Diner (516) 746-5150 Curbside Pickup, & Delivery

The Chef’s Corner Cafe (516) 742-1856 – not open

The Davenport Press (516) 248-8300 Not open

The Rex Burger & Lobster (516) 739-2747

The St. James (516) 742-3040 –

Trattoria Sortos (516) 877-8134

Uncle Bacalas Restaurant – 516-739-0505 Takeout, Delivery or Curbside pickup

Vinoco Wine Bar & Tapas Restaurant (516) 307-8056 Takeout & Delivery

Wing Wong Kitchen (516) 877-7830 – Currently Closed

(It is worth noting that the line for one of the local gun shops was out the door at 8:30 at night.)

We had takeout from Taglio Roman Style Pizza, which tasted great.  We also stopped in to see Avelino and Elizabeth from Heart of Portugal.  Their Grilled Octupus with Vegetables special was particularly delicious!

Unfortunately, businesses reported of being 90% down on average, even with takeout orders still being available.  Most have had to lay off 50 to 80% of their staff, and are operating under skeleton crews.  But it is still worth noting that takeout food delivery is still allowed under the forced measures to be enacted on Sunday.

Vision has now spoken to over 160 independent small businesses who have been decimated by the forced shutdowns of most Main Street activities.

East Meadow

East Meadow businesses were the latest group to be stunned by a sudden closure of businesses on Monday as they worked to keep their establishments extra clean in hopes of staying open.  After the order toc lose came, owners began to work in earnest to figure out how to make up for the loss of revenue.

“Up until five minutes ago, we were sanitizing and planning to stay open,” Frank Camarano, the manager of World Gym in East Meadow, said on Monday afternoon. “Now everyone is just stunned, just like I am. The members are heartbroken, and now they don’t know what to do.”

Mr. Camarano is also the board chairman of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce and the vice president of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.  Working in those positions have placed him in the position of contacting numerous local businesses so as to calm nerves, but a number of local owners feel as though they have nowhere to go.  Right now he is working to gather resources to and information on relief plans at different levels of government that can possibly help.

“I think what people have to hear is that ‘You’re not alone,’” said Mr. Camarano. “I know it sounds kind of hokey, but it’s true.”

Frank Borrelli, owner of Borrelli’s Italian Restaurant in East Meadow, is hoping to keep his doors open with a takeout menu, but had to fire his entire wait staff in the wake of Cuomo’s order, though it pained him to do so.  He made the promise to hire them once the ban on gatherings is lifted, but for the moment he has to make do the best he can.

“I guess we could deliver a pizza with ‘quarantini’ to go,” Borrelli said, referencing the loosening of liquor laws to allow alcohol to be sold off premises.  Mr. Borrelli also talked about how his business made it through Hurricane Sandy, but could at least look forward to the nearby Nassau Colosseum to help bring in customers.  But this time is different as the ban on public gatherings means at least a month without such relief.

Local businesses focused on fitness are working to continue providing services on a virtual level for their customers. Anthony Bevilacqua, who owns AB Fitness in East Meadow, will have his staff stream three half-hour sessions in the morning and three at night for members, as well as nutritional seminars each evening.

“One of the best ways to fight the coronavirus is to keep staying healthy,” said Mr. Bevilacqua. “Everyone’s definitely more stressed during this time. But the only thing you could control is yourself and the actions you take.”

You can read more at the Long Island Herald.

Franklin Square and Elmont

This past Tuesday was supposed to see an influx of business for local restaurants and bars in Franklin Square and Elmont.  Instead, there has been mostly silence in the wake of Governor Cuomo’s order to for bars and restaurants to switch to takeout and delivery instead of dine-in establishments.  This turn of events has left local owners worried during what should be one of their busiest times of year.

“It might shut down my restaurant,” said Ann Angelino, owner of Murph’s Restaurant in Franklin Square.  Ms. Angelino recently invested $10,000 into her business in preparation of St. Patrick’s Day and is afraid that she will be unable to recoup the cost with the ongoing shutdown order.  Additionally, she is unable to apply to unemployment insurance as the owner of her own business.

This is a problem being seen across the region as owner after owner faces plummeting sales and patronage as local residents stay home for fear of spreading the Coronavirus.   This has left local chambers scrambling as they look to help out their businesses.

“In the next week or two, everyone’s really going to be hurting,” said Elmont Chamber of Commerce President Paul Sapienza, who also owns Sapienza Bake Shop in downtown Elmont. “If they don’t have any money, they’ll have to close up.”

Mr. Sapienza stated that some businesses might be able to take out loans or use money in reserve, but that the shutdown could still lead to a large number of employees being laid off.  Part-time employees will probably be the first, a majority of whom are students or people looking for extra disposable income, but the longer this crisis drags on the more difficult it will be for local business to pay even a skeleton staff.

That is the primary concern of Mario Testani, owner of Filomena’s Restaurant, who feels as though he has enough money to weather the crisis, but is concerned for his employees.  He is trying to figure out the best way to remain open and still paying them while also being conscientious of the safety of others.

But on top of that, the main concern is how businesses will be paying their ongoing expenses.  “I’ll have to pay my landlord no matter what,” said Anthony Capogna, owner of Olivetto Pizzaria and Ristorante, which is still open for takeout.  But the future is suddenly very uncertain for him and a lot of local business on Long Island.

You can read more about Franklin Square and Elmont at the Long Island Herald.

Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre businesses have also been experiencing losses during this time as owners work to figure out how to move forward at this time.

The message coming from local restaurants has been one of shrinking business coupled with cutting staff to help deal with nosediving revenue.  While a switch to takeout might be enough to keep restaurants afloat, it’s not enough for workers who rely on these businesses.

Many hourly workers depend on their paycheck, so that’s disconcerting,” said George Korten, owner of George Martin restaurants in Rockville Centre. “We need some relief from the federal or state government [because] you have a lot of people worried financially, as well as health-wise.”  But even so, Mr. Korten also noted that “the safety of our guests is our primary concern, so the shutdown is a very smart move. That’s the only way to flat-line the curve.”

Even so, businesses are suffering.  Tommy Masvroudis, who owns Pantry Diner, said that even with takeout being offered his diner would need to significantly cut back on staff.  While he would have liked to have retained hem for when business came back, he felt it was more responsible to put them in a position where they could file for unemployment.

It’s not just restaurants though as Rockville Centre’s The Little Gym, which caters children and is owned by married couple Alu Murphy and Miguel Madera, has had to close its doors for the time being and is scrambling to make up the revenue.  “It’s definitely nerve-racking,” said Ms. Murphy. “We rely on people to come in for classes. I’m hoping the government will assist us, because if people can’t come in, it will affect our business. For now we’re just doing everything we can to keep our business going.”

Sportset Health and Fitness Club, another local gym, is hoping to retain members by offering virtual classes.  Owner Dennison Silvio talked about how he had hoped it wouldn’t come to a shutdown and had been investing into extra leaning staff and sterilization methods to help keeps customers safe.  “I was really hoping,” said Mr. Silvio, “even if we would lose money, that we’d be able to stay open and be an outlet to the community. I was planning to operate [with] a skeleton crew. Now we’re forced to close, and it’s tricky, because I’m not sure how long it will be.”

Meanwhile, the local Chamber of Commerce, headed by President Brian Courtier, has been working to reach out to local businesses in the downtown to help promote takeout and delivery options.  The Chamber has been working with Village Hall to try and get some sort of relief by offering free parking for the duration of the shutdown.  He is also encouraging residents to buy gift cards from local businesses.  Even with the shutdown he noted that people still need purchases for things like birthdays, anniversaries, and births, and gift cards offer a way to help local businesses while providing for those occasions.

You can read more about Rockville Centre’s efforts at the Long Island Herald.


Greenport businesses are getting ready for the impact of the Coronavirus shutdown as life on the buys Main Street has drawn to a halt.  Like the rest of Long Island, the Village has seen a severe drop in patronage as resident avoid public places and big crowds.

“Town is very quiet,” said Scott Raulsome, who owns Burton’s Bookstore.  “We haven’t had more than two customers in the store at the same time.”

Mr. Raulsome said that he is hoping that isolated people will take advantage of his bookstore for entertainment, noting that he is capable of shipping, local delivery, or other transactions that aren’t in-person.  In the meantime he is simply sanitizing everything and keeping his store as clean as possible for the limited amount of customers who still come in.

For other businesses, March is going from a month normally reliant on regular customers to one with almost not business whatsoever.  “We came into March knowing already it would be a down month and now you put this on top of it. We’re playing it by ear,” said Nancy Kouris of the Blue Duck Bakery.  The Bakery is normally reliant on regular customers, but a majority of those are elderly resident who are avoiding downtowns due to public health concerns.

Other businesses have assessed the risk and decided simply to close shop for the time being.  The Weathered Barn, which is owned by Rena Casey-Wilhelm and her husband Jason decided it was in their personal best interest to temporarily shutter the shop.  The two of them suffered from compromised immune systems and didn’t wish to risk their health or their elderly parent’s.

“The economic impact, certainly in the short-term, is severe,” said Southold Supervisor Scott Russell. “Impacts on the financial health of businesses in the long-term is difficult to predict.”

Local businesses are hoping that loans from the SBA can help get them through without having to dip too much into earning from the previous summer.  Owners seem anxious but optimistic that this will pass and life can return to normal before too long.  In the meantime, they are urging solidarity among residents and business owners.

“We are all in this together and this virus affects each and every one of us in so many ways health-wise as well as our local economy,” said Ms. Casey-Wilhelm.  “We feel confident we will all come out A-OK on the other side.”

You can read more at the Suffolk Times.


Night 2 of the Coronavirus economic crisis brought Vision Long Island out to downtown Hicksville.  Armed with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, we were happy to see a number of restaurants providing take out to customers.

Some of the restaurants visited or observed open included: Punto Rojo Colombian; Fuel Your Body Café; Jalea Peruvian Cuisine; Peppercorns; New Hot Breads; Benghali Sweet Shop; Crown Chicken Grill; Kandahar Grill; Lemon Leaf Grill; Biryani House; Gyro Stop; Dosa World; Kebab House; Texas Chicken & Ribs; Choopan Grill; Sakana Japanese; Bakhatar Halal Kabab; Khabul Tea House; Trullo Doro; Mulberry Street; Masala Wok.

Vision also stopped in to see Tony at Food Universe, who is doing brisk business.

All of the restaurants we talked to were down 20-50% of normal business before Monday.  The shift to takeout only has caused those numbers to drop even further.  The main concern most folks had was the coming weekend, which is where 50% or more of their business is secured.  Takeout only on a Saturday night is far different than a full dining room.


As concern about the Coronavirus rises, Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, the Board, and village agencies are taking steps to assure residents that everything possible is being done to promote their health and safety.

The Village, like other downtowns on Long Island, has been making great strides through the spirit of bipartisanship and cooperation, with hyperlocal focus and local groups coming together to support its downtown transformation. The Coronavirus pandemic threatens to change this protectory.

When it comes to local businesses, Mayor Cavallaro observes the longer the pandemic lasts, the more these businesses will feel tremendous pressure. “We need to support small business, as they do not have a long safety cord.” The Village is asking residents to shop locally where they can. “Without this support during these difficult times,” the Mayor says, “these businesses may not be here when its over.”

The Mayor notes that when it comes to health and safety, there are lots of resources from the County and State. Conversely, downtowns have less tools in their toolbox. The encouraging news, the Mayor notes, is the Village is in good shape. “Zoning is in place and we have a healthy downtown.”

Local restaurants are finding ways to safely serve their community. Owner of Toskana Pizzeria Restaurant, Jennifer Bautaj, notes the importance of shopping local all the time, and especially now, during a time of crisis. “People need to shop local, invest in small business, the Mom and Pop stores, in their communities. If not, we all lose.”

Here is a sampling of local businesses still open:

Cafe Gino’s is open from 10 am to 8 pm for takeout.
237 Post Ave, Westbury, Phone (516) 997-1912.

Kabul Kabab House is open from 12 pm to 9 pm for takeout and delivery.
247 Post Avenue, WestburyPhone (516) 280-4753.

Nana’s Ice Cream and Coffee House is open from 11 am to 8 pm for takeout and delivery.
225A Post Avenue, Westbury, Phone (516) 338-6888.

Punta Cana Grill is open from 11 am to 9 pm for takeout and delivery.
162 Post Ave, Westbury, Phone (516) 280-4099.

Toskana Pizzeria Restaurant is open from 10 am to 8 pm for takeout and delivery.
63 Post Avenue, Westbury, Phone (516) 414-7585.

Guiradelco, Phillipine Restaurant is open for takeout.

Dom’s Auto, 15 Post

St. Brigid’s Deli, 99 Post

Rosita Mini Grocery, 150 Post

Maria’s Pastry, 167 Post

Willy’s Fish, 249 Drecel

Subway, 211 Post

Rite Aid, 210 Post

Cremosa Market, 230 Post

Hernandez Agency, 254 Maple

New World Discount, 242 Post

Bravo Supermarket, 306 Post

No Pal Mexican, 263 Post

Dunkin Donuts, 253 Post

Westbury Floral, 53 Post

Super Convenience Store, 129 Post

Post Pharmacy, 173 Post

Whatley Wine, 193 Post

Mediterranean Kabob House, 190 Post

Jin’s Apple Farm, 215 Post

Gloria’s Bakery, 219 Post

Post Bagels, 226 Post

Allstate, 239 Post

CVS 307 Post

Donohue Cecere Funeral, 290 Post

Joe’s Cleaners, 263 Post

Bank of America, 248 Post

Deli Salvadoreno, 243 Post

Westbury Valet Cleaners, 123 Post

Laundromats at 278 Post, 184 Post, and 89 Post

The Westbury Business Improvement District Board will continue to push out the revitalization plans with significant influence on keeping the current businesses open for the residence during these challenging times. Many of the food business are providing curb side pickup or delivery service to respect residents concerns. As the CDC recommends changes we will push them out the business. In these trying times lets all stay safe and keep the ill in out prayers, Vanessa Esposito, Executive Director

Vision staff stopped in to Guiradelco for delicious kebabs to go and a tasty Calzone from the Jennifer, Mike and Bill at Toskana.

Folks should visit these restaurants if you want to see them continue functioning.


Governor Cuomo Gives Daily Briefing on Coronavirus Crisis Response

Governor Andrew Cuomo began his daily update for the ongoing health crisis by noting that New York State is now testing more people per capita than most countries around the world.  He also confirmed that positive cases in the state jumped another 8,669 overnight with a total of 92,381.  Cases are rapidly rising on Long Island as well, with over 1,000 new positives in each county.

The good news is that, while numbers still continue to rise, they appear to be nearing a plateau with more people being discharged from the hospitals than are being admitted.  The challenge continues though, with social distancing still needed to keep the numbers from spiking rapidly and overwhelming hospitals.  While Governor Cuomo is hopeful that we are reaching peak impact on hospitals, it is still unclear when we will see that.  Models predict the apex could come anywhere between 7 to 30 days, which makes it difficult to plan.  However, experts do believe that New York is closer to the shorter end of that scale.  Even so, most predict that there will be approximately 16,000 deaths in NYS once the bulk of the crisis is past.

Hospital beds seem to still be in short supply but the state is taking extraordinary measures to shore up the numbers.  Patients are being shifted to upstate hospitals from downstate and capacity is being expanded.  This includes the construction of temporary hospitals, which is currently underway.

Hospitals are working to keep up with the stress put on them as they meet the challenge of treatment.  The state is lokoing help as much as they can with that, but hospitals that saw a lot of stress during normal times are now becoming overloaded.  Fortunately there has been an outpouring of support as staffers from upstate hospitals are coming in to help as are ones from out of state.

Cuomo took a moment to praise the patriotism of out of state staffers who are coming in to help with the crisis and pledged that New York would not forget their generosity when their communities were most in need as well.

He also gave an update on PPE, noting nightly surveys are underway to coordinate suppliers.  There is a central stockpile in place, and New York is currently asking hospitals and businesses with extra to donate to it.  If you can donate supplies, please call 212-803-3100 or email Covid19supplies@esd.ny.gov.

He also put out a call to manufacturers who can to help create much-needed equipment and supplies.  He noted that the state would pay a premium for them and will even help to pay transition costs if you can manufacturer what’s needed, so long as it could be done immediately. 

Next he talked a little about ventilators, which are being released from stockpile as needed, including 200 to Long Island.  At the current rate New York has enough ventilators to last another 6 days but that number could change with results on the ground.  New York hospitals are taking extraordinary measures to try and extend the supplies, such as splitting between patients and converting different types of machines, but those methods are imperfect.

Finally, he ended the non Q&A portion by talking about his brother Chris Cuomo, who briefly joined him by livestream.  Chris Cuomo talked about how he is trying to stay positive while in a self-imposed quarantine in his basement.  He is doing well, all things considered, and praised the help and support he is receiving from his family.  He also noted that a lot of people are going through this alone right now, but can reach out for support if needed.  His symptoms are expected to last between 5 to 10 days, and he has had a constant fever and chills since they began.

Governor Cuomo took questions after that, which addressed a number of areas of his response.  You can watch the full press conference here.

NYSDOL Releases PSA on Filing for Unemployment

New Yorkers trying to file for unemployment in recent days may have had trouble thanks to the rapid influx of residents seeking unemployment insurance.  This has led the NYS DOL to institute several new policies to help those seeking benefits.

To help with that the department has added more staff to help take calls, increasing hours, and adding web servers that can handle the increased loads.  People can also help out to reduce the load on the system by filing on certain days depending on the first letter of their last names.

If your last name begins with letters A – F, you can register for unemployment Monday between 8 am and 7:30 pm.  If it begins with G – N, you can register on Tuesday between 8 am and 7:30 pm.  If it begins with O – Z, you can register on Wednesday between 8 am and 7:30 pm.  If you missed those day you can register on Thursday from 8 am to 7:30 pm, Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 7:30 am to 8 pm.

They also clarified that every New Yorker who is eligible will receive all of their benefits even if they file late.

You can watch the full PSA here.

Western Suffolk BOCES Releases Online Toolkit for Distance Learning

NYSED’s remote Continuity of Learning Resources website is live now and includes options and examples of technology and non-technology-based resources for districts and schools, as they develop distance learning plans for students during closure due to the Novel Coronavirus.

Among many other resources, this new site features lists of digital content to enhance distance learning in a dozen subject areas including early learning, English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and Special Education. Educators will also find digital tools to assist in communicating with students and families and creating engaging instructional opportunities for students.

NYSED’s site also provides non-technological suggestions for schools and parents to consider when planning for continuity of learning. There are many ways students can continue learning that do not require access to a computing device.

NYSED will continue to update and add resources to this dedicated website as they become available.
Please keep in mind these resources are free but all users should read all terms of use before subscribing to these or any resources. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether the resources are Ed Law 2D compliant.

You can view the resources here.  NYS’s continuity of learning guidelines is available here.

Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses Goes into Effect

The US Department of Treasury has released guidelines for small businesses seeking relief from payroll costs during the Coronavirus pandemic.  This program called the Paycheck Protection Program, will provide small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.  All loans under this program will have an interest rate of 0.5%, maturity of 2 years, be 100% guaranteed by the SBA, and the first payment will be deferred for 6 months.

Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.  Maximum loan amounts will be up to $10 million.
Qualifying small businesses and sole proprietorships will be apply to apply beginning this Friday, April 3rd.  Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning April 10th.  People are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible as there is a funding cap in place.

People can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. A list of participating lenders as well as additional information and full terms can be found at www.sba.gov.

You can find more information on the loans here. You can read more at Long Island Business News.

Small Businesses Urged to Apply for SBA Loans

There are still a lot of questions in regards to the impact of the Federal aid package on small businesses.

Here is the latest fact sheets from US Congresswoman Kathleen Rice that outlines the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (here) and the SBA’s Paycheck Program Loan with the updated guidelines (here).  Congressman Lee Zeldin recently had an SBA representative encourage folks to apply for loans no matter what.

In the meantime, there has been an effort to encourage small businesses to work to apply for loans asap.  The LI Main Street Alliance and the Nassau & Suffolk Chambers are working to get information out to the small business community to help as much as possible.

Newsday and the LIA are both hosting, and will continue to host, video conferences on a range of business resources as well.

This past Friday morning, the Queens Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar for businesses to learn how to apply for SBA loans.  Man-Li Lin, from the New York District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration presented information to explain how to apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  This information is subject to change as the situation remains fluid. The local Small Business Development Centers at Farmingdale State College (here) and Stony Brook University (here) will have new information as updates occur.

While SBA loans are typically only available for small businesses, during a declared national disaster, they are also available for private not for profit entities as well.  Most small businesses and non-profits are eligible except for businesses relating to gambling, religious organizations, investment or lending companies, charitable organizations, speculative activities, or agricultural enterprises. 

Loans of up to $2 million are available with no payments for 12 months.  They can be used to pay expenses such as fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, or other bills affected by the disaster.  Interest rates are 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for private non-profits and long term repayments for COVID crisis will be 30 years.  Loans cannot be used for lost revenue, just for expenses.  Typically, businesses are not eligible if they are able to secure credit elsewhere.  However, they are currently allowing applications without denial letters from other lenders.

There is no cost to apply and no obligation to take the loan if it is offered.  The amount of the loan application should reflect six months of operating expenses.  Documentation of a typical months expenses is required.  Businesses are eligible even if they already have a previous SBA loan, disaster loan or other types of SBA loans.  Loans over $25000 require collateral, but won’t be denied simply for lack of collateral, they will require a pledge of what is available.  Criteria for approval will include eligibility, credit history and the ability to repay.
The application forms can be downloaded here.  Once the forms have been completed, they can be uploaded to the site or hardcopies mailed to:

US Small Business Administration

Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Ft. Worth, TX 76155-2243

You can also contact the SBA disaster customer service center at 1-800-659-2955, disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or TTY:1-800-877-8339.  They recommend email as the best way to get in touch with someone.  If applicants are receiving a 404 error, they recommend clearing your cache and trying again.

While this process is still evolving, businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and provide all required documentation. Representatives from the SBA will follow up with questions.

Webinars will be held to help gide businesses through the application process, the times are as follows:

April 3rd, 2 pm to 3 pm. Zoom link here. Phone number: 1-929-436-2866
April 7th, 12 pm to 1 pm. Zoom link here. Phone number: 1-929-436-2866
April 14th, 12 pm to 1 pm. Zoom link here. Phone number: 1-929-436-2866
April 15th, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Zoom link here. Phone number: 1-929-436-2866
April 16th, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Zoom link here. Phone number: 1-929-436-2866

Nassau County Calling for Medical Supplies Donations

Nassau County has placed a call out to residents for much-needed medical supplies among the ongoing pandemic.  County Executive Laura Curran, Comission of Police Patrick J. Ryder, and OEM Commissioner Steven Morelli all made the announcement today.

Supplies that Nassau County is currently looking for include:

– N95 Surgical Masks in unopened container/boxes
– Eye protection such as goggles and face shields
– Nitrile Gloves in unopened boxes which have not expired
– Disposable medical gowns (paper which are fluid resistant or plastic)
– Shoe cover/booties
– No-Touch thermometers
– Thermometer probe covers
– HEPA filters for Ventilators / Anesthesia Machines
– Antibacterial and disinfecting wipes – typically alcohol or bleach-based
– Disinfecting wipes (Clorox/Lysol)
– Hand Sanitizer

The supply drive will run this week through Friday, April 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm.  Supplies can be brought to the Nassau County Public Safety Parking Lot, Field 3, Eisenhower Park, where a drive-up collection point is set up. 

The drive has seen success so far with 40,000 gloves, 3,000 N95 masks, and 1,500 gloves donated so far. 
Both Counties urge any donation you are able to give, with no donation considered too small.

CDC Guidelines on Coronavirus Prevention

As concern about the ever-expanding impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, we can minimize or prevent the spread of coronavirus by taking these steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  Wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or antiseptic wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

For more information see the CDC website or call the NY State Coronavirus hotline to speak with a representative 888-364-3065

Smart Talk

Eric Alexander, Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director;
Christopher Kyle, Communications Director; Elissa Kyle, Placemaking Director; Jon Siebert, Administrative Director

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