East Harlem Buy Local Initiative in the News

The Buy Local initiative was launched in July 2017 as a project run out of Union Settlement Business Development Center. Since the initiative was launched we have been recognized in the press for various events and project awareness interviews.

Podcast w/ Harlem World

Michelle Cruz And Helen Steblecki Talk Buying Local East Harlem And More On The Danny Tisdale Show...
Feb. 2020

Podcast - Michelle Cruz And Helen Steblecki Talk Buying Local East Harlem And More On The Danny Tisdale Show
Feb. 2020

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Buy Local East Harlem works with big institutions to debunk the idea that small businesses can't handle their purchasing needs...
Jan. 2020

Learn how Think Big Data, Aromas, and Dear Mama Cafe benefit from selling to local institutions.
Jan. 2020

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Buy Local East Harlem suppliers share their experiences as vendors to anchor institutions.
Dec. 2019

Local business members of the Buy Local initiative share with El Diario how the program has benefited them. Dec. 2019

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Small Business Saturday 2019

Creating awareness to shop local this holiday.


Read More the Buy Local East Harlem Small Business Saturday 2019 outreach.

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Small Business Saturday 2019

NYC’s mom-and-pops ask you to shop small on Saturday.


Why you should buy local and take part in small business saturday this year 2019.

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Small Business Saturday 2018

How Small Business Saturday Helps Local Communities Thrive.
NY1 segment on the East Harlem Small Business Saturday 2018 business crawl.

Watch Small Business Saturday on NY1 Nov 2018

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Shop and Dine East Harlem

East Harlem’s Union Settlement announced their first annual Shop and Dine East Harlem for the Holidays.

Read More About East Harlem for the Holidays - Nov 2018

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Locals Cash Mob

Cash Mobs Bolster East Harlem Businesses
In East Harlem, Metro Hope Church strives to support small businesses by mobbing them with cash.

Read More About Cash Mob on the Uptowner - Oct 2018

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Taste of East Harlem 2018

Celebrating the culinary eateries in East Harlem.

Read More About Taste of East Harlem on the Manhattan Times News - June 2018

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About the Buy Local team

Behind the scenes with the Buy Local Initiative project manager, an El Barrio East Harlem native and former business owner.

Learn More About the East Harlem initiative on the WNYC podcast - June 2018

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Buy Local East Harlem

Host Rhina Valentin has the opportunity to sit down with the Union settlement Project Manager Michelle Cruz, who tells her more about the project.

Watch & Learn About the East Harlem Buy Local initiative on BronxNet - April 2018

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East Harlem Nights 2019

The first annual East Harlem Nights May 2019 featuring vendors from around East Harlem was covered by Spectrum Noticias NY1.
See Spectrum Noticias NY1 coverage of the event.

Watch Online About East Harlem Nights 2018 on NY1 Noticias - May 2019

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Holiday Popup Markets 2018

New York Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan spotlights their partnership with Buy Local East Harlem with a holiday popup market, featuring local merchants.

Read More on the Holiday Pop Up Market on Metropolitan Hospitals Newsletter - Dec 2018

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Know Before You Go

A promotional write up for the Taste of East Harlem 2019 on Cocktail Snob NYC.

Read More About Taste of East Harlem on The Cocktail Snobs - June 2019

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Joe Cruz YaVe Tequila

Buy Local East Harlem supplier and East Harlem native Joe Cruz on why and how he started his own Tequila brand.

Buy Local East Harlem supplier and East Harlem native Joe Cruz on why and how he started his own Tequila brand.

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Support for the Buy Local East Harlem provided by Citi Community Development