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Virtual Chat Wednesday at 3:30 PM

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yes, we all have to keep our physical distance from each other in order to wrestle this [bleeping] coronavirus to the ground. But we can still reach out to each other virtually.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25 at 3:30 PM, I will be hosting a virtual chat through Zoom. Technically, it's a videoconference but without the Power Point slides. In reality, it will be a chance for West55ers to connect, share news, and support each other.

About 3:20 PM or so, click on this

videoconference link 

(I suggest getting on early in case of technical glitches. You will need to download the Zoom app if connecting from a cell phone. Not sure whether computer users need to download anything) 

You will then need to enter the following: 
Meeting ID: 505 332 5960
Password: W55ba

All participants will be muted when they first come on. 

See you tomorrow!

Coronavirus Phone Scam!!

I just received a text on my cell phone saying that "Walmart has set up a $450 work-at-home job for its customers, due to corona virus." And then it directed me to a weblink where I could input all kinds of personal data.

This is a SCAM!!

How do I know? Well, misspelling coronavirus as two words is a clue. Directing you to a non-Walmart weblink is another clue. The text also came from some random phone number that I don't recognize.

There are despicable people out there trying to profit over the world's misfortune right now. Don't let them take advantage of you.
NYC Employee Retention Grant Program

To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the Employee Retention Grant Program to help retain employees as businesses face decreased revenue. This program is available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000. 

Click on this NYC weblink for more details. 

Some of the Restaurants That Are Open for Takeout/Delivery

Neighbors For Hell's Kitchen sent us the following list of restaurants that are open for takeout/delivery. 

Hells Kitchen Wings and Things on Grubhub 
807 9th Avenue (between 54th and 53rd Streets)
New York, NY 10019

The Marshal Farm-to-Pizza
628 10th Avenue (between 44th and 45th Streets)
New York, NY 10019
Open 7 days 1:00pm-8:00pm

The Meatball Shop
798 9th Avenue (53rd Street)
New York, NY 10019
Hours are 12:00pm to 9:00pm everyday, closed on Mondays
Available on Grubhub/Seamless, Caviar and Postmates
Order online through our website and use code MEATBALL15 to get 15% off of every order through March 31.

818 10th Avenue (between 54th and 55th Streets)
New York NYC 10019
Open for business seven days a week 11:00am to 10:00pm

Mi Nidito 
818 10th Avenue (between 54th and 55th Streets) 
New York NYC 10019
Open for business seven days a week between 11:00am and 10:00pm

1/2/3 Burger Shot Beer 
738 10th Avenue (between 50th and 51st Streets) 
New York, NY 10019
Open 12:00pm to 8:00pm for pickup and delivery, the menu is online

Italian Food
Order for pickup and delivery on GrubHub, Seamless, Caviar, and

American Retro
714 11th Avenue (50th Street)
New York, NY 10019
Open for delivery of food and cocktails from 11:00am to 1:45am

As Is
734 10th Ave. (50th Street)
New York, NY 10019
Open Friday and Sunday afternoons

Empanada Mama 
765 9th Avenue (51st Street) 
New York, NY 10019
Open for pick up and delivery on Seamless from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
$10 off any order of $30 or more

Lucky Burger 
370 W 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Open for pick up and delivery 

Uncle Mario's
739 9th Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets)
New York, NY 10019
212- 459-1234
Open for pick up and delivery 

717 9th Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets)
New York, NY 10019
Open for pick up and delivery 

809 9th Avenue (between 53rd and 54th Streets) 
New York, NY 10019
Open for pick up and delivery 
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