November 8, 2018

Union Settlement Announces First “Shop and Dine East Harlem for the Holidays”

November 8, 2018

Michelle Cruz: (646) 545-5205

EAST HARLEM, NY – November 8, 2018 – The first annual Shop and Dine East Harlem for the Holidays will bring together the local community for a series of festive events during the holiday season to support East Harlem businesses. Two initiatives out of Union Settlement’s Business Development Center – Buy Local East Harlem (funded by Citi Community Development) and East Harlem Working Together (funded by NYC Small Business Services) – will host activities for residents and visitors to enjoy the neighborhood’s diverse flavors and talents, while preparing for the holidays with friends and family.

The kick-off reception (November 14, 5:30pm, Amor Cubano Restaurant, 2018 3rd Ave), will showcase the full calendar of Shop and Dine events. Notable attendees will include City Councilmember Diana Ayala, State Senator Brian Benjamin and local East Harlem business owners. Complimentary refreshments will be served. This is a private event. (Media are requested to RSVP to Michelle Cruz, MCRUZ@UNIONSETTLEMENT.ORG or 646-545-5205.)

Other select Shop and Dine East Harlem for the Holidays events (open to the public) include:

  • Small Business Saturday (November 24, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Dear Mama Cafe, 308 East 109 Street) complimentary breakfast, prizes and a group tour to encourage the community to shop locally.
  • Holiday Markets (Saturdays November 24-December 22, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, La Marqueta, 1590 Park Avenue) featuring local artists, music and food vendors.
  • Annual Tree Lighting (December 14, 6:00 -7:30 pm, NE corner of East 106th Street and Third Avenue) to bring together the community.

A full calendar of events is [below] and available at:

About Union Settlement
Union Settlement is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of under served communities. Since opening our doors in 1895, we have brought education, wellness and community-building programs to our neighborhood, empowering New Yorkers with opportunities to better their lives. Employing over 450 staff, our services impact 10,000 people in our community every year. By helping our neighbors realize their goals, we build the vitality and success of East Harlem. Visit to learn more. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Buy Local East Harlem
Buy Local East Harlem facilitates relationships between anchor institutions and local businesses to support the longevity of small businesses in the community creating long term success, having a positive impact on the merchant’s bottom line, increasing job opportunities and overall wellness in the East Harlem community. Click here for more information.

About East Harlem Working Together

In January 2017, the Business Development Center of Union Settlement (BDC) undertook an unprecedented, $1.5 million, 3-year comprehensive economic development program geared toward assisting small businesses in East Harlem. This program, called Neighborhood 360, is funded by the NYC Department of Small Business Services. In 2018, the successful program in East Harlem was renamed East Harlem Working Together.

About Union Settlement Business Development Center
The Business Development Center offers business courses/workshops and technology education, at beginner and intermediate levels, in both English and Spanish. We provide access to loan information and sound business development assistance to maintain, expand or create new businesses in East Harlem, and we develop initiatives to assist in the marketing of established businesses.