Dear Downtown Brooklyn, this bulletin board is for you! DBP is doing its best to keep our community informed and connected. Here, we’re collecting an ongoing list of resources. If you would like to add an event, a community initiative, or have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us or visit us on Instagram @downtownbrooklyn.
Support our local food+bev purveyors
Many of Downtown Brooklyn’s eateries are treading water - trying to keep afloat while they wait to fully reopen. Show your support by ordering local. Find the current list of open businesses here.
Thanks to the quick-thinking of our brilliant arts organizations and fitness studios, you don’t have to leave the house to enjoy creative and energetic programming. Keep track of everything with our events calendar.
Dedicated Shopping Hours for Seniors + Immunocompromised Individuals
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Are you unable to leave your home and need someone to run errands, mail letters, or pick up groceries and prescriptions? Brooklyn Community Mutual Aid (BCMA) is here to help. BCMA is a collective of asymptomatic local residents available to run errands for anyone who is not able to go out for any reason, and follow strict, CDC-recommended safety protocols. Services provided include:
Shop and deliver groceries and household items
Pick up and deliver prescriptions
Send and pick up mail
Other errands as needed
Those in need of help can call or text 929-314-0899 or e-mail email@example.com. All requests should include your name, neighborhood and what help is needed. Volunteers are also welcome, but most importantly stay home, stay safe, and spread the word that we are here and ready to help.
In the weeks and months ahead, food banks will be the primary source of meals for many of our neighbors and community members. Here is a map to find one near you. You can also host a virtual food drive for Food Bank for NYC, or make a monetary donation to NY Common Pantry, City Harvest and Food Bank for NYC.
Donate essential supplies
Are you able to donate PPE? Visit the NYC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation Portal.
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
The Brooklyn Hospital Center is ready for you and your family should you need it. Their heroic nurses, physicians, residents and support staff are working around the clock to address the COVID-19 crisis - as written about in The New York Times.
If you are able to lend a helping hand, please consider donating here to boost their efforts: https://www.tbh.org/ways-give/online-donation
Mount Sinai’s practices in Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo remain open to help patients receive urgent care. You can find the latest information on how to get care at Mount Sinai, protecting yourself from COVID-19, and much more at the following:
- Frequently asked questions
- Videos and infographics
- How to protect yourself
- How to get care
- News articles
- Resources in Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian
Many individuals and companies are asking how they can help during the COVID-19 outbreak. Mount Sinai is grateful for financial donations, supplies, and other offers of assistance. https://www.mountsinai.org/about/covid19/donations-supplies
New York Cares
New York Cares is currently working with city agencies and community partners to assess its response to those most affected by COVID-19. If you would like more information on these projects in the coming days and weeks, please sign up.
Mental Health Support
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many New Yorkers feeling anxious and stressed. Governor Cuomo has announced a free hotline for those dealing with mental health issues: (844) 863-931
Learn more about managing anxiety in difficult times and Coronavirus-related guidance for healthcare providers. Learn how you can volunteer to help here.
Headspace has partnered with NY State to offer New Yorkers their services for free meditation and mindfulness content as a mental health resource.
What’s in the CARES Act for individuals?
A single adult with no children whose gross income is $75,000 or less should get the full $1,200. For others, The Washington Post created a tool that calculates what you can expect.
A useful chart from Dept of Labor explaining unemployment insurance under the CARES Act can be found here: https://labor.ny.gov/ui/cares-act.shtm
And The New York Times wrote a piece answering numerous questions about the stimulus checks, unemployment, and student loans.
NYC Public School Buildings Closed - Free Meals for All
New York City public schools are closed to students and staff and using a Remote Learning Model.
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who needs can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.
- Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
- No one will be turned away at any time.
Go to DOE’s site for more info and to find the nearest school for pickup.
Online Activities for Kids
Child care for essential workers
In order to successfully fight COVID-19, our first responders, health care providers, transit workers, and other key personnel need safe places for their children so they are able to keep the city running. That is why the City has created Regional Enrichment Centers—places where the children of these front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need.
Staffed by DOE employees and community-based organization partners, the centers provide children with three daily meals, remote learning time with their teachers, activities like art, music, and physical education, and social and emotional support. Find out more about the program, eligibility requirements, and apply, here.
If you observe overcharging in businesses, please report to the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs by calling 3-1-1 and saying “overcharge” or by visiting 311.nyc.gov and entering “overcharge.”
Citi Bike is providing free month-long memberships of the bike-share service for healthcare workers, transit workers, and first responders. Healthcare employers should email HeroBikes@Lyft.com to enroll their staff in new program. More info here.
Revel is offering free rides to health care providers in any capacity. A health care provider includes, but is not limited to: hospitals, clinics, urgent care clinics, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, home health care services providers, mental health providers, dialysis and infusion centers, or any related health care services. Apply here.
During this time, the three Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) that DBP manages are maintaining their high level of service with our Public Safety and Clean Street teams.
If you wish to report a safety issue, please contact: DBP Public Safety Office: 718-797-5996 / firstname.lastname@example.org In cases of emergency, always call 911.