This year-long reporting initiative explores the challenges faced by small businesses in our neighborhood and investigates the best solutions for long-term survival.

The project includes a series of 8 in-depth stories, profiles of the LES’s most loved businesses, a “Buy Local” Guide and comprehensive interviews with local leaders.

Our readers helped to make this project possible by backing our campaign here. We want to thank each and every one of them and especially our community partners:





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Seward Park Liquors Loses Grand Street Space After Co-Op Board Votes

Seward Park Liquors is losing a space it has occupied at 393 Grand St. for more than four decades. …

Photo: Essex Street Market Vendor Association.

Spring at the Essex Street Market: New Vendors, New Programs

Over at the Essex Street Market, the spring season is bringing new vendors and new programs. Here’s an update on what’s happening. …

Katz's Deli photo by Karla and James Murray.

Capturing Vanishing LES Storefronts With James & Karla Murray

James & Karla Murray, local photographers dedicated to the preservation of NYC storefronts, are preparing to host a workshop series this spring and summer. …

Photos courtesy of 100 Gates Program.

LES’s 100 Gates Program Expands to Harlem and Staten Island

A public art initiative born on the Lower East Side is expanding to two more New York City neighborhoods. …

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Owner of Seward Park Liquors Retracts Some Statements About His Landlord

Here’s an update on the situation at Seward Park Liquors. …

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Seward Park Liquors Battles to Remain in Grand Street Storefront

The owner of Seward Park Liquors has gone public with his battle to remain in a storefront at 393 Grand St. …

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Sponsored: A New Lower East Side CPA Firm is Now Open

Just in time for tax season, there’s a new CPA firm in town.

YMZ CPA has a”Big 4″ accounting firm background. We specialize in …

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Number of Chain Stores Drops on the Lower East Side in 2016

If you prefer independently run mom-and-pops over national chain stores, you’ll be happy to see the latest report from the Center for an Urban Future. …

Photo from Council member Mendez's Instagram.

East Village Merchants Association Launches Discount Card

There’s a new way to support local businesses and save money at the same time. …

Nike courts on Stanton Street.

Nike Debuts Stanton Street Courts, Politicos Protest Giant Soho Store

Photos by Nike.

Nike has revealed its new basketball courts in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The project is a collaboration with the NYC Parks …