Starting Tuesday, March 17 at 9am, the city will limit restaurants, bars and cafes to take-out and delivery only, a move that will greatly impact their bottom lines.
Meanwhile, businesses such as gyms have been ordered to close until further notice.
Many small establishments in Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood reacted swiftly to the news by promoting gift cards that can be used now or later.
Some have created virtual tip jars for its baristas. Still others have set up GoFundMe pages.
Hoping to add your support? Here's an alphabetical list of local businesses that have posted gift card (or similar) information so far, including links on where to buy.
We're all in this together ❤️
E-gift cards for this Latin-Mediterranean newcomer in East Harlem can be purchased via its website.
Currently offering delivery, this modern soul food spot also now sells gift cards online.
Buy gift cards on this mini Ethiopian coffee chain's website, plus contribute to the staff's virtual tip jar on Venmo (see more info here).
This cozy coffee shop has introduced new digital gift cards to help it keep brewing.
Purchase a gift card–or even a meal for a neighbor in need–at this creative coffee shop and eatery with two Harlem locations.
Support this coffee shop with three locations in Harlem and the Bronx through take-out or gift cards.
Gift cards for this beloved local spot with Jamaican and English influences are available by emailing email@example.com.
JJ Johnson's rice-focused restaurant makes it easy to create your own e-gift card here.
Currently closed, this friendly neighborhood cycling boutique is offering gift cards on its website.
Help this local dog groomer and day care survive by purchasing packages and e-cards for future use. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harlem's very own artisanal chocolate shop is temporarily closed but is selling gift cards on its website.
This tranquil cafe with two locations is still selling to-go coffee, but also has a virtual tip jar on Venmo: @manhattanvillecoffee.
Anyone with a sweet tooth will love getting an e-gift card from this new East Harlem mousse shop, which is open for take-out and deliveries only.
Buy a gift card for pies, Grandma squares and more by visiting the shop directly or calling by phone–yes, they'll deliver.
Support this specialty coffee shop while it's closed with merchandise (to-go cups), gift cards and virtual tips (Venmo: @shuteyecoffee).
Right now you can order a bottle of wine and get a margherita pizza for free, but you can also get an online gift card here.
This speakeasy-like Harlem cocktail lounge is temporarily closed, but you can buy a gift card on the website to be used when it reopens.
A concerned neighbor has set up a GoFundMe page to help this Washington Heights coffee shop survive the crisis.
This African comfort food spot is working to set up pick up and delivery, but in the meantime you can buy a gift card for future use here.
This Inwood pub has postponed delivery and pick up, but is accepting gift card purchases via email: email@example.com.
Buy a gift card for a brick-oven pizza in the future by calling directly: 917-261-4680.
This garden supplier under the Metro-North tracks is still open, but also selling gift cards.