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Challenges - Storefront Business Campaign

Expand the use of existing outdoor space to include daytime work and learning spaces

The neighborhood restaurants, cafes and bars that nourish our communities are struggling. Many have gone out of business, and many more teeter on the brink.

Outdoor dining has helped, but has not yet made up for all of the lost business.

At the same time, New Yorkers citywide are struggling with isolation, lack of connection and the negative impacts of social distancing. People need places to safely gather, work, learn... more »

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Crisis Communication trending idea

For the past four years, Live XYZ has collected and maintained a database of storefront businesses across NYC, and how they have changed over time. We can provide organizations a full snapshot of the data we have collected in their neighborhoods, which can be used for communication and outreach to local businesses. The file will include: Contact information, including name, address, hours, telephone, email address, and... more »

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Emergency Texting

Given that the major hurdle for communication is the wide range of digital know-how and comfort with tech found across business owners in a BID it probably makes sense to work through the least complicated channel and speak to people where there already are. Not everyone is comfortable with emails, but just about everyone texts. Using a messaging bot like https://covid19.citibot.io/offer/#features basic information can... more »

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Challenges - Storefront Business Campaign

Reducing Sidewalk Crowding

With so much of the city's population stuck in their homes for most of the day, a recurring theme over the last month has been the lack of space to be outdoors to get fresh air, exercise, and maintain good mental health. This problem will only escalate as the weather warms and once non-essential businesses are allowed to begin reopening. BIDs and other neighborhood groups have been trying to address elements of this problem... more »

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What's the Trade Off?

Hottest real estate in NYC? Why, the curb right out front a business, of course! Because of our lack of alleyways, businesses must use their front doors to greet customers, accept deliveries, make deliveries, and more. Customers can arrive by foot, car, transit, bike, or mobility device, store goods arrive by truck or van, and businesses make deliveries by bike, car, van and foot. When businesses ask for more parking,... more »

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Virus Tracking Application to Reopen Businesses

In Europe, where restaurants are currently re-opening. Switzerland, where the restaurants have re-opened on Monday 11 May, a tracking application has been applied. It measures via devices' bluetooth when you are being closer than 6 feet with a person for more than 15 minutes. If a person that you have been close with receives the virus, all the people who were measured to be in close distance for more than 15 minutes... more »

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Technology & Social Media Grants

Many businesses in this district do not have an online presence, which could have helped cushion the blow from the recent business shut downs. Technology assistance grants could be a viable solution here and should be easy to obtain, work around business limitations and schedules, and be separated into stand-alone classes so a business owner isn't required to attend multiple courses and can pick just those that would... more »

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Curbside Waste Management

The sight and smell of trash and recycling piles is ubiquitous on NYC streetscapes. It not only creates a visual eyesore and attracts rodents, but it also poses a physical obstacle for pedestrians and sidewalk users. While sidewalk space was at a premium prior to the pandemic, high quality public realm is even more critical now for social distancing, safe movement and outdoor business operations. Businesses that rely... more »

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Offer community-supported hourly advertising on digital billboards in proximity to stores trending idea

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted small local businesses the most. From shops to restaurants, all have felt tremendous stress to keep their doors open in lieu of significantly lower foot traffic and regulation. On top of all this, it became increasingly harder to promote and make people aware that your business is open and receiving customers. Small local businesses are the hearts of every block and every borough. They... more »

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NYC Brand Identity Post COVID-19

I ❤️ NY

The "I [Heart] NY" logo and campaign were a prominent feature of NYC's resurgence after the dismal 1970s.

For NYC residents and visitors alike we need a shared image of recovery, welcome, and local pride.

What if there was a City-wide campaign with a distinctive and memorable visual style that symbolized our collective recovery? It could be branded on NYC shopping bags, PPEs, light pole banners, LinkNYC kiosks,... more »

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Covid19-safe Payment Methods

One of the primary ways that Covid19 spreads is contact with infected items, or fomite transmission. Items that are frequently touched, and by many people, can be transmission points for Covid19. Among the biggest risks for fomite transmission, are the payment methods that consumers and businesses use every day like cash and credit cards.

Passing a credit card back and forth to multiple merchants increases risks for... more »

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Restaurant Social Media App

Hi everyone! I hope this message finds you well. Me and my partners have been working on a new food app that is basically as easy as using Instagram or Facebook! You create a user profile for your restaurant and you begin to post pictures like you would on Instagram or Facebook by taking a picture and sharing it to your profile. It can be also downloaded by customers and friends. Basically anyone can download it. We were... more »

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Re-hiring, Retraining and Careers

Businesses and workers will face great challenges as staffing needs change during and after the crisis. A major factor in economic recovery will be connecting local talent to jobs.

Many small businesses won't be able to rehire former employees who are not available to return. Many displaced workers will need to focus their job search and career paths in new directions while long-standing sources of employment will go... more »

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Hyper-local workforce training and shared work

The pandemic has created an unprecedented situation where employers are struggling to find workers despite record-high unemployment. There are many reasons for employees to choose not to work even if the business they work for is open and running, including care responsibilities for children or other family members, and fear of coming to work because of high risk for contracting COVID (underlying conditions, age, or high... more »

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