Business Community Looks to Restart ASAP and More Stories On Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  — On this episode of the OnSI podcast… While New York City’s “Pause” order lingers on, the local business community has its eyes, and hearts, set on restarting safely and as soon as possible.

“I think that we are really good and excel at working with our community partners and establishing parameters, specific to each business or industry, that allow a community to rebound from this. The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, the SIEDC, has been around since 1993 and has always worked through challenges, whether those were the effects on the economy post 9/11, of Sandy, or now, the effects of COVID-19,” said Niles French, the Executive Director of the New Dorp Lane District,

Also this month, two Mid-Island moms are leading the charge to spread gratitude to those often unsung heroes performing heroic and essential acts.

“Our mission is to say, ‘Thank you’ and spread gratitude and honor to those everyday heroes that are out on the front lines, keeping our city running, keeping New York City safe,” explained Alison Reilly, the co-founder of The Essential Heroes project.

Plus, how will the pandemic be remembered 10, 50, 100 years from now? Historic Richmond Town is helping to ensure that Staten Island doesn’t forget the “clappy hours,” colorful rainbows and its resilient spirit on display each day…

“We want to be able to tell the story of how COVID-19 affected Staten Island. And we wanted to make sure that we were able to capture the material culture of what’s going on in the pandemic,” explained Jessica Phillips, the Executive Director and CEO of Historic Richmond Town.

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