LES Start-up Lucky Ant: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses

The garden at Grotto, 100 Forsyth Street.

Anyone who’s been to Grotto, the charming osteria at 100 Forsyth Street, knows it boasts one of the Lower East Side’s nicest gardens.  But since the backyard is uncovered, the garden is only usable a few months out of the year.  But thanks to a start-up called Lucky Ant, there might just be a solution to this problem.

Lucky Ant is a crowd-funding web site something like Kickstarter.  Launched earlier this year by a young entrepreneur named Jonathan Moyal, Lucky Ant seeks to become a hyper-local Kickstarter for small businesses.  The company plans to expand throughout Manhattan (and eventually nationwide), but right now the focus is on small enterprises in this neighborhood (Lucky Ant is headquartered on Chrystie Street).