The Alliance for Downtown New York, the nonprofit business improvement district for Lower Manhattan, has always centered its work on keeping the neighborhood clean and safe. Continuing this effort in the COVID-19 era now includes public health measures. The Alliance is piloting sanitizing stations throughout the district near public transportation sites; posting clear signage in public spaces and along 40 sidewalk passages to help pedestrians navigate the neighborhood’s narrow passages while maintaining safe distances from others; and distributing 50,000 masks to as many as 300 local businesses through donations from Fosun and the City of New York.
“New challenges require new tools” said Jessica Lappin, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York. “New Yorkers need to be able to safely move about within the district and be comfortable visiting local businesses, therefore our historic and walkable streets have to be clean, safe and healthy.”
Sanitizing stations and signage began rolling out in June at more than 40 locations in Lower Manhattan. The Alliance will monitor and adjust placements as needed, and all high-contact physical surfaces will be disinfected and deep-cleaned on a regular basis.
Distribution of face masks began on a first-come, first-served basis to businesses within the Downtown-Lower Manhattan business improvement district. If a business within BID would like to request a delivery of masks, please contact the Alliance’s Director of Storefront Engagement Heather Ducharme at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals seeking masks can find more information at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/resources/facecoverings.page.