GRANT PROGRAMS FOR SMALL BUSINESS VOLUME 25, NUMBER 13 NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 11, 2012 BY ALI NE REYNOLDS hough many hurricanedamaged small businesses Downtown are loath to take on more debt than they have already accrued, loan programs remain the predominant sources of financial aid that is currently available to them. But a few grant programs have become available, including one dubbed “Lower Manhattan: Back to Business” created by the Alliance for Downtown New York, the area business improvement district (B.I.D.). It is open to businesses south of Chambers Street that are located in the city-designated Flood Zone A and have lost property from the storm or experienced business disruption for up to 10 days. The grants, which offer up to T Continued on page 3 PLAZA SPACE IN NAME ONLY Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess THEY AIN’T AFRAID OF NO HEIGHTS A month before Christmas, Ladder 8 gave firefighters more than enough lift Sunday for them to decorate the Tribeca firehouse, a spot best known as the main location for “Ghostbusters”. Scenes from Sandy: Black & blue with yellow stains, but rosy for others BY J OS H R O G E R S Tom Park rattled off some addresses that keep him in business: 88 Greenwich, 21, 75 and 90 West Street. All were either closed or recently opened but none had enough people living there last Friday to help him much. “One week we had no income totally,” Park, owner of New Rector Cleaners in the Financial District, said on Black Friday. Now more than four weeks after Superstorm Sandy smacked Lower Manhattan, he thinks daily revenue at his dry cleaner is down about 75 percent at 106 Greenwich St. He’s been able to avoid firing anyone because, he said, business is back to normal not too far up the street at his Tribeca store at 275 Greenwich St. The laundry service was sandwiched between two of the Department of Buildings’ yellow “Restricted Use” stickers that have permeated the East and West Sides of Lower Manhattan. The stickers typically have handwritten information about storm related damaged but are often blank in the section headlined: “Entry, occupancy, and lawful use are restricted as indicated below.” But around the corner from Park’s store, the scenes were remarkably different. A small crowd, presumably tourists leaving the World Trade Center Memorial, was waiting to pay $ 17 an hour in parking at the Battery Parking Garage. In the other direction, Gerry Pryor was literally walking Pretty, his English Setter. He lives at 125 Cedar St., within a block or few of the addresses Park listed. He said he felt badly for his displaced neighbors and other areas that had more damage, but for him, “there was just four or five days we had no power.” His deli reopened quickly after the storm and life soon got back to normal. A block away, large crowds streamed toward the W.T.C. down Thames St., which had been a quiet, narrow stretch prior to the memorial’s opening last year. Catty-corner to the memorial, Zuccotti Park was occupied by street dancers performing for tourists. Police did not stop the dancers from soliciting donations, and were Continued on page 26 O NE MET ROT E CH CE NT E R NORT H, 10TH FLR • BROOKLYN , N Y 11201 • C OPYRIG HT © 2012 N YC COMM U N ITY M ED IA , LLC BY ALI NE REYNOLDS o quit smoking, Financial District worker Brooke Sweet took up hula-hooping during her work breaks in spring 2011. Sweet, a data assistant at a mental health nonprofit at 50 Broadway, still hula-hoops 15 to 30 minutes a day in a plaza across from her building. “I thought I was being sneaky using private space for my own public use just to find out, ‘Wait a minute, I’m allowed to do this,’” she said. Though the plaza is designated by the city as a privately owned public space (POP), it is currently void of all public amenities, including the neces- T Continued on page 27 NYC RECONNECTS INSIDE!