For the last few days, I’ve been working on building the mailing list for this newsletter one message at a time. Many of you reading this morning will have had a personal note from me on Instagram. What’s been wonderful is the response, the care, the gratitude. “You guys are doing great work.” “If you need any assistance, I would be more than happy to help.” “Thank you for offering this slice of HK escapism :-)” “Keep going is the most important thing! You guys are so great I really respect your effort.”
It takes a village is an African saying. And the extension of this (from someone we all know) was: “The simple message of ‘it takes a village’ is as relevant as ever: We are all in this together.” That’s so true.
Each day more people step forward to offer their skills to help. We received an email yesterday from David, a lawyer based in Hell’s Kitchen. He said: “My family has lived in Hell’s Kitchen for 20 years. I own a small law firm representing small businesses in distress. Needless to say, a lot of small businesses are suddenly in distress. I’m already helping some neighborhood businesses pro bono (including directing them to the appropriate loan/grant alternatives), and I’d be happy to offer my services (at the very least a lengthy consultation) to Hell’s Kitchen businesses for free if any need them.”
I chatted to him yesterday afternoon, and made five or six intros to grateful business owners last nigh. If you’d like an intro, mail me. We all need to use our skills to help.
Looking online, I see on every block neighbors in Hell’s Kitchen doing special things. There’s Tamsen Fadal broadcasting the 10pm Pix11 news from home.
There’s Pat Hughes adding his personal message to the 10th Ave landscape.
I’m delighted to see the resilience of Friendly Jerry heading back to create his hot dog magic for the neighborhood.
I’m loving seeing readers enjoying Jim Lahey’s community loaf after our recommendation. “This is an unbelievable #quarantine #treat”.
And humbled by those coming to help us in a time of need. Thanks Karen for the video of troops heading to work at the Javits Center yesterday.
Let me know what you see on the street (or out your window) today that inspires. Contact me if you have skills to share with our village, and I will try to connect.
TELL A FRIEND
Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, we’ve moved from a monthly print publication to a daily newsletter, as a way of connecting our newly isolated community and bringing, we hope, a ray of hope in the midst of uncertainty and fear. If you’ve enjoyed hearing from us every day, please forward this to a friend and ask them to sign up. We’re stronger together.
WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
To save you going down the social media rabbit hole, this is what we’ve been reading ….
That pile of scrap metal over there? It’s what remains of an expensive supercar that crashed in the neighborhood yesterday. Crash, bang, wallop here…
The city’s ‘open streets’ have been closed again after not enough pedestrians used them. More here…
How the Four Seasons has transformed itself from high-end hotel to “housing for a high-risk subpopulation.” Read here…
A crew member aboard USNS Comfort has COVID-19. Read here…
Cultivate HK is reaching out to the neighborhood’s artists and creative community. Be creative…
I’ll be back tomorrow morning. Keep safe and keep smiling.
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