SUNNYSIDE POST: Op-ED: The Road to recovery, saving our small businesses
Prior to the pandemic, small businesses in Western Queens were already caught between a rock and hard place. Rising rents, predatory landlords, and displaced residents presented serious challenges to the businesses that have called Queens home for years or even decades.
Then, COVID-19 hit and the bottom fell out.
Ninety percent of restaurants failed to make rent for December 2020 and unemployment skyrocketed to an eye-popping 11 percent. Here in western Queens we have lost a number of beloved local establishments, like the Creek and the Cave, while other restaurants, like Donovan’s Pub, have been forced to ask for donations to keep their doors open.
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