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NYC & Company Supports the Black Community

As we join with destinations around the globe in grieving the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others, we at NYC & Company stand in solidarity with the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community against injustice and oppression.

We have long declared that in New York City all are welcome, though the structural racism ingrained into our nation has often undermined that message. Inclusivity and diversity are core to the five boroughs, but disparities based on race still disproportionately affect minorities, an issue that has become tragically apparent during the coronavirus pandemic.

As we work to move forward, we have an opportunity to build back a better society—stronger, more equitable and more diverse. That begins with listening with purpose and acting with compassion. We owe it to each other and future generations.

On this page, we have gathered ways to support Black-owned businesses in New York City, along with a collection of resources for further information. This is a small step, but it’s just one that we’re taking in a sustained strategy toward real change. As we announce further plans, we will update this page.

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Support for Black-Owned Businesses

Our Dine in NYC and Shop in NYC pages have been updated with collections of Black-owned restaurants and retailers across the five boroughs. One tangible way to help the community is through buying from Black-owned businesses, which have long contributed to NYC’s energy and dynamism.

Dine in NYC

Dine in NYC

Here are some of our favorite restaurants currently offering outdoor dining, takeout and/or delivery.

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Shop in NYC

Shop in NYC

Browse a selection of shops currently offering e-commerce and/or gift cards.

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Featured Content

We’ll be adding to this section with more coverage and storytelling across the five boroughs. 

Black History and Culture Sites in NYC

Black History and Culture Sites in NYC

Explore these distinguished points of interest that honor the contributions of the Black community to New York City's culture.

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Additional Resources

Below, please find links to a number of helpful sites, organizations and businesses that promote NYC’s Black community. As we gather more, we will add them to this page. If you have a resource you would like to contribute for us to promote, please email editorial@nycgo.com.

Business Lists

•  Black-Owned Art Galleries (via Artsy)
•  Black-Owned Brooklyn
•  Black-Owned Restaurant list
•  CaribBeing x CariBiz Brooklyn spreadsheet
•  Carib Biz Network
•  EatOkra app
•  Guide to Black Harlem
•  The Infatuation
•  Little Caribbean
•  Museum of Food and Drink resources
•  NYC Small Business Service search
•  Queenseats List
•  Shoppe Black

Cultural Institutions

•  The Africa Center
•  African Burial Ground National Monument
•  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
•  Apollo Theater
•  Black Spectrum Theatre
•  Caribbean Cultural Center African Diasporan Institute
•  Harlem Arts Alliance
•  Harlem Chamber Players
•  Harlem Opera Theater
•  Harlem Stage
•  Jazz at Lincoln Center
•  Lewis Latimer House Museum
•  Louis Armstrong House Museum
•  Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)
•  National Black Theatre
•  National Jazz Museum in Harlem
•  New York Live Arts
•  Schomburg Center
•  The Shabazz Center
•  Studio Museum in Harlem
•  Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling
•  Weeksville Heritage Center

Tours

•  Big Onion Historic Harlem
•  Harlem Heritage Civil Rights Day Trip
•  Harlem Heritage Walking Tour
•  Harlem Spirituals Tours
•  Hush Hip-Hop Tours
•  Inside Out Tours' African American & Black Heritage NYC Tours
•  Walks of New York Harlem Walking Tour

Educational Resources (most of the below via Park Avenue Armory)

Books & Articles

•  The 1619 Project | The New York Times Magazine
•  “Talking About Race” | The National Museum Of African American History and Culture
•  Black Feminist Thought  by Patricia Hill Collins
•  Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower  by Dr. Brittney Cooper
•  How To Be an Antiracist  by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
•  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  by Maya Angelou
•  Me and White Supremacy  by Layla F. Saad
•  Raising Our Hands  by Jenna Arnold
•  Redefining Realness  by Janet Mock
•  Sister Outsider  by Audre Lorde
•  So You Want to Talk About Race  by Ijeoma Oluo
• The Bluest Eye  by Toni Morrison
•  The Fire Next Time  by James Baldwin
•  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness  by Michelle Alexander
•  The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century  by Grace Lee Boggs
•  The Warmth of Other Suns  by Isabel Wilkerson
•  Their Eyes Were Watching God  by Zora Neale Hurston
•  This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color  edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Azaldúa
•  When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History Of Racial Inequality In Twentieth-Century America  by Ira Katznelson
•  White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism  by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
•  A People's History Of The United States  by Howard Zinn
• Between the World and Me  by Ta-Nehisi Coates
•  Caught  by Marie Gottschalk
•  Heavy: An American Memoir  by Kiese Laymon
•  Just Mercy  by Bryan Stevenson
•  The Color of Law  by Richard Rothstein
•  “The Case For Reparations”  by Ta-Nehisi Coates
•  The Free Black Women's Library
• “Letter from Birmingham Jail”  by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
•  Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Podcasts

•  1619 | The New York Times
•  Code Switch | NPR
•  Intersectionality Matters! Hosted By Kimberlé Crenshaw
•  Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
•  Lineage

Films & Video

•  13th (Ava Du Vernay) | Netflix
•  Black Power Mixtape: 1967–1975 | available to rent
•  Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) | available to rent
•  I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin documentary) | available to rent on Kanopy
•  If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) | Hulu
•  Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) | available to rent
•  Selma (Ava DuVernay) | available to rent
•  Strong Island | Netflix
•  Notes from the Field | HBO
•  The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution | available to rent
• The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) | Hulu with Cinemax
•  When They See Us (Ava Du Vernay) | Netflix
•  Know Your Rights As A Protester | ACLU

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