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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Retail Slump: Measuring the Impact of Mega-Projects Like Essex Crossing

In the Post on Sunday, there was a piece from Steve Cuozzo that carried the headline, “The world’s hottest shopping city is becoming a ghost town.” …

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Lower East Side Voices: Daredevil Tattoo

This week we have been checking in with neighborhood businesses as part of our Lower East Side Voices video series. Today, Talib Visram visits …

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Lower East Side Voices: Malt & Mold

This week we have been checking in with neighborhood businesses as part of our Lower East Side Voices video series. Today, Janessa Andiorio checks …

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State Liquor Authority Blocks New Liquor Store at 393 Grand St.

The long, strange saga surrounding Seward Park Liquors just got a little weirder. …

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Lower East Side Voices: Economy Candy

Today we are kicking off another round of video stories in our ongoing Lower East Side Voices series. …

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Prema Salon Wins OutSnapped + LES Partnership Photo Booth Contest

In celebration of Mom & Pop Business Owners Day (that’s today!), we’re pleased to announce the winner of the OutSnapped + Lower East Side Partnership Photo Booth Sweepstakes. …

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Learn to Document New York’s Mom-and Pop Stores With James & Karla Murray

The local photographers, James & Karla Murray, have used their creative talents to help raise awareness of New York City’s endangered mom-and-pop stores. In …

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OutSnapped + LES Partnership Launch Photo Booth Sweepstakes ’18

Here’s something interesting for any Lower East Side small business looking to supercharge its promotions. …

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New Premium Sneaker Shop Sneaky Tavern Teams Up With 10Below Ice Cream

Here’s something new: sneakers and ice cream together in one storefront. …

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“Fong On” Name Disappears From Mott Street Awning, Dispute Isn’t Over Yet

Here’s a followup from a story we reported last week. The Eng family, which has owned the Fong On brand for decades, has been pursuing a trademark infringement case against a Chinatown businessman. …