FAB Biz Blast – Dec 2022


The NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) is conducting a citywide Community Needs Assessment (CNA), to hear from New Yorkers about their highest needs and priorities for their communities. This data will help inform how DYCD directs funding, designs its programs, assesses program success, and gain insight as to where they need to improve policies or practices. All merchants and general community members are encouraged to complete their online survey – the more voices the better!
Access the survey online here; it’s available in 12 languages! The survey only takes 10 minutes to complete, and any NYC resident (age 14+) is eligible to participate.


We are all set to welcome Councilmember Crystal Hudson and her team back to our district, for a walk-through in Clinton Hill, on Tuesday, Dec. 13. She’ll want to chat with many of you about your business, experiences with hiring staff, agency inspections, trash challenges, crime issues and anything else on your minds! We’ll be contacting some of you to create a schedule of stops; if you will be in your stores and businesses between 11a – 1p on Dec. 13, please reach out to us.



The Nextdoor Kind Foundation is offering $5,000 grants to minority-owned/operated small businesses!

And it’s not just a check — the Keep It Local Business Fund will also provide public recognition for your contributions to your community, ad credits to promote your business on the Nextdoor platform, and access to training on how to thrive as a small business, including Nextdoor’s Recession Playbook.
The application deadline is 6 pm (EST) on Dec. 16, 2022; click here to read the criteria and eligibility requirements and apply today!


The NY State Liquor Authority recently issued a reminder for the state’s nightlife businesses: as New Year’s Day (January 1, 2023) will not fall on a weekday, the Authority will NOT be issuing New Year’s Eve All Night Permits allowing establishments to stay open until 8:00 am.
Licensed establishments will be required to adhere to the approved closing hour printed on their license or the closing hour in the County in which they are located.


Employers with at least 15 employees are required to post the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new mandatory “Know Your Rights” poster, which updates and replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster. The new poster must be placed in a conspicuous location in the workplace and the EEOC encourages employers with remote workers to post it electronically. Failure to comply with such posting requirements can lead to civil money penalties of $569 per violation. Download the English version of the poster here.


The Restaurant Strong Fund and Grubhub Community Fund are excited to announce their latest grant opportunity: The 2022 Winterization Grant! They’re giving away $10,000 grants to 200 restaurants in Boston, Chicago, New York City & Philadelphia to winterize their outdoor dining spaces.
Read all the details and requirements here; the deadline to apply is Dec. 16!



It was an unseasonably warm and sunny day, but refrains of “Let It Snow,” “Jingle Bells,” and other favorite tunes filled the air with holiday cheer, on Small Business Saturday! Members of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (LAPC) took to Fowler Square plaza and invited passersby to join them in song, Saturday, Nov. 26.

Helping to celebrate the day reserved to amplify support for our local merchants and shopkeepers were Baya Bar and Not 711, who provided yummy samples for carolers to enjoy, along with hot chocolate from La Bagel Delight. It was fabulous to meet everyone who stopped by to smile, sing along and pick up a swag bag from AMEX Shop Small; we invited them to continue to shop, dine and patronize your local FAB FULTON-area businesses this holiday and all year long!


As we reported last month, implementation of the new pedestrian plaza by NYC DOT began and there are now temporary materials in place where Vanderbilt and Gates Avenues meet, near Fulton Street. Since then, volunteers painted the asphalt on the now-closed-to-through-traffic street between Vanderbilt and Fulton, and large colorful planters were delivered to help define the space. DOT will continue to make safety improvements and create the designated pedestrian plaza; you can see the updated plans here.


On November 1, 2022, a law went into effect requiring all New York City employers with four or more employees, and employment agencies of all sizes must state the salary range or rate of pay when advertising a job, promotion, or transfer opportunity. Many of you have continued to post openings for wait staff, bartenders, cooks, and more on your social feeds without the inclusion of salary. You can be fined for this; it is not in compliance with the transparency law.

Download the factsheet
from the NYC Commission on Human Rights here.


The Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB FULTON) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and collaborates with small businesses and property owners along Fulton Street in Brooklyn’s neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill to maintain a safe, clean, and welcoming community while securing resources and partnerships for initiatives that enhance and promote the district.

This post contains links to the articles and information referenced in our latest FAB BIZ BLAST email communication. You can subscribe to future newsletters; sign up here for the FAB FULTON BIZ BLAST to get the latest information and resources for FAB FULTON Businesses!