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BY SAM SPOKONY | As many await more information about forthcoming federal grants, small business owners impacted by Superstorm Sandy will now at least be getting some free help from accountants across the New York City area. Last week the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants announced the start of a three-month volunteer […]

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In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, small businesses throughout Lower Manhattan have once again found themselves in an economic swamp. Shuttered mom-and-pop shops along Front Street, Avenue C and elsewhere are struggling to find a way out of the marsh, while several hundred employees who are out of work are scrambling for income to keep […]

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BY CATHERINE MCVAY HUGHES & ELIZABETH H. BERGER  |  The last two weeks have proven again that the worst of Mother Nature cannot defeat Lower Manhattan. We did not face this alone. New Yorkers from all corners of the city experienced flooding, loss of power and, in some areas, devastating damage and tragic loss of […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Eleven days after Hurricane Sandy deluged Lower Manhattan, scores of South Street Seaport business owners convened at a newly formed task force imploring financial help from any agency that could provide it. Most of the few-dozen business owners who attended Community Board 1’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Small Business Task Force meeting […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS & KAITLYN MEADE  |  Battery Park City has received most of the city’s media attention following Hurricane Sandy. But, of all the neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan, the South Street Seaport suffered the most damage, having experienced an eight-foot water surge that destroyed the interiors of many area businesses. Front Street business owners, […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY |  In a shaky yet mainly successful start to the National Guard’s increased presence in Downtown Manhattan following the impact of Hurricane Sandy, on Thursday night hundreds of desperate residents welcomed a massive delivery of food and water outside a Lower East Side public housing complex. The Guardsmen were originally scheduled to […]

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