Event - June 2020

7 ideas to help Brooklyn’s diverse businesses rebound

On June 24th, the Center for an Urban Future held a virtual policy forum to examine the specific challenges facing Brooklyn's immigrant- and minority-owned businesses and explore what can be done to help these entrepreneurs navigate the crisis and come back strong.


Report - June 2020

Under Threat & Left Out: NYC’s Immigrants and the Coronavirus Crisis

Immigrant New Yorkers are enduring unprecedented economic pain from the pandemic—and yet they have been almost completely shut out of government programs created for those in need, CUF research and interviews with two dozen nonprofit leaders reveals.


Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2020

To help struggling small businesses, the city needs to reconsider its public spaces

CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Winston C. Fisher call on the city to think bigger about opportunities for outdoor commerce. Access to open streets, parks, markets and fairs could make the difference for hundreds if not thousands of New York entrepreneurs who have endured three months of business closures and are desperate for customers.


Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2020

Infrastructure Investment Can Restart the Economy, but Prioritize Fixing What We Have

A bold public works program would help put New Yorkers back to work while strengthening the city's economy for the long term. But New York’s infrastructure needs are different than they were during the 1930s. Today, what the city needs most is a massive campaign to upgrade and maintain the infrastructure it already has.


Event - May 2020

6 ideas to boost minority & immigrant-owned businesses in crisis

On May 28th, the Center for an Urban Future held a virtual policy forum to delve into the specific challenges facing immigrant and minority-owned businesses as a result of the pandemic, and explore what can be done to provide the greatest immediate support for these companies.


Report - May 2020

Bearing the Brunt: Where NYC’s Hard-Hit Sector Workers Live

While coronavirus has devastated much of NYC's economy, our research shows that the impacts are not equally dispersed across the city: workers in the most hard-hit sectors—including restaurants, hotels, retail, and personal care services—predominantly live in lower-income neighborhoods outside Manhattan.


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